What Is a French Set Engagement Ring?
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The moment has come when you’ve finally found your perfect partner, and you know that they are the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
However, you may be considering how to pop that all-important question and feeling nervous about how they will respond.
One thing you must take extra time deliberating over is the engagement ring - after all, you want your fiancé-to-be to be amazed when you get down on one knee and present them with the most important piece of jewelry they’ll ever own.
And when you are looking to buy an engagement ring, there are many factors to consider. The style of the setting, the size and shape of the diamond, and the price are typically high on your list.
Will you go for a baguette diamond engagement ring? Or a diamond ring with a split-shank band? Perhaps you’re thinking of a classic-shared prong engagement ring with a large lab-grown diamond in the center?
But there is another important question you should ask yourself: Is a French set engagement ring the perfect ring for your significant other?
Perhaps you’re familiar with this engagement ring design or have never even heard of it before.
The French set engagement ring is a classic ring design that couples have loved for a long time, and it might just be the ring that keeps you and your partner falling in love too.
Here’s everything you need to know about French set engagement rings before making your final decision...
The French Set Engagement Ring
A french set engagement ring is a type of setting for the center diamond that involves a row of diamonds on either side of it.
Tiny prongs encase the rows of smaller diamonds, with the central diamond secured by prongs in a “butterfly” formation that is more unusual than the type of box-shaped prongs you find in most engagement rings.
They also differ largely from popular shared prong diamond ring designs, where the prongs are usually shared between two diamonds.
The French set engagement ring has the two prongs only holding the one diamond by comparison.
The French set engagement ring is an exquisite design. While it comes packed with the sparkle of several diamonds throughout the ring, it offers sophistication and subtlety that can suit almost any style.
This sparkle can be appreciated with any type of precious metal from which the ring band can be made.
If you go for white gold or platinum, the clearness of the diamonds will give the appearance that they are floating in the ring due to the blended color of the metal.
And, with a yellow-gold or rose-gold band, the contrast of the diamonds and metal will give an excellent shimmer without being too over the top for those who prefer a more understated look.
When did French Set Engagement Rings first become popular?
The earliest known French set engagement rings are from the early 1900s.
They were not made for everyday wear back then, though—they were worn for special events or to impress others - which we believe an engagement ring should do at all times!
French set engagement rings didn't become popular until after the Art Deco movement, which started in the 1920s and ended in 1939 with World War II.
Nevertheless, a French set engagement ring is still popular today due to its unique style.
What are French Set Prongs?
French set prongs are prongs that are used to secure a stone in a ring.
The prongs are usually set in the ring’s metal and are usually more angular or flat than traditional prongs and look more like the shape of a butterfly’s wings when secured around a diamond.
This french setting is continued throughout the ring design for the smaller diamonds placed to the side of the center diamond.
You can also add a touch of extravagance to your French set engagement ring by having additional smaller diamonds set in a halo surrounding the center diamond for that extra wow factor.
How much does a french set engagement ring typically cost in the US?
It’s important to note that the price of a french set engagement ring can vary widely, depending on the diamond's size, cut, clarity, and color, and the type of metal used for the band.
You can generally expect to spend anywhere from $1100-$2800 for an average French set engagement ring.
Here are some stunning examples of the French set engagement ring style that we offer at Ben Garelick:
If you want something particularly elaborate with lots of diamonds or other gems (and who doesn’t?), be prepared to shell out even more money—the sky's the limit!
Caring for Your French Set Engagement Ring
With a ring as beautiful and as delicate as a French set engagement ring, extra care will be needed to ensure it stays in its best condition for as long as possible.
It’s a beautiful and dainty setting with smaller prongs that will need regular checks and cleaning from your jeweler to keep it sparkling and ensure no dirt is trapped between the diamonds.
We recommend cleaning your French set engagement ring around twice a year as the smaller prongs can face a lot of abuse from day to day wear that may cause damage or movement for the diamonds.
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Be sure to find a jeweler who is familiar with this setting who can properly check your ring and ensure that your diamonds are cleaned and tightened where needed.
If you’re looking for an engagement ring with a bit of sparkle and elegance, then French set diamonds are the way to go.
They’re gorgeous on their own, but they also make great additions to other ring styles if you want to create a ring stack.
So if you want to propose something classic but also unique enough for your fiancé-to-be, come to the Ben Garelick showroom, and we can show you all we have to offer when it comes to French set engagement rings!
If you cannot make it to the showroom, then speak with our diamond experts online, and they will be able to recommend the perfect engagement ring.
You can even take advantage of our try-on-at-home service to ensure you’re picking the engagement ring that will have your partner smiling for an eternity!
Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store today. Not nearby? Not to worry - chat with our diamond experts online 24/7, call us at (716) 631-1584, or text (716) 574-0966.
Let’s make your engagement a memory that will last a lifetime!