High Setting vs. Low Setting Engagement Rings

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Just starting out on your engagement ring journey? 

Or looking to reset a treasured diamond and turn it into something even more spectacular?

It’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by all the diamond setting options.

You may be realizing that there’s a lot to consider about the look of the ring and its design than you thought.

Different settings and styles are what make your ring unique to you. So it’s important to get it right. You’ll be wearing it every day after all.

So what are the differences between low set vs high set diamonds?

And, what do we even mean by these terms? 

Let’s break down the differences between high-set vs. low-set engagement rings…

So you can make the perfect choice for the forever ring of your dreams.

What Is the Difference Between High Set & Low Set?

Generally, engagement rings come in two profiles. High set or low set, regardless of style or design.

Often you’ll see this referred to as high profile and low profile. This is due to the difference you’ll notice when viewing the rings from a side angle (their profile).

Take a look at the side profile of a ring.

See how the center stone is held in the setting?

If there’s a gap between the pointed tip (called the culet) of the diamond and the band, this is a high setting.

Is it touching or almost touching? If so, that's a low setting.

Simple, right?

But how do you choose? We hear you cry… We’re getting there.

Pros & Cons of High Setting Diamond Rings

Pros:

Looking for the wow factor?

A ring with a high set profile, sits higher in the band. Which allows your diamond to really shine!

Raising the diamond may make it appear larger than it is. This allows lots of light to enter the stone and create more of a sparkle.  

Fan of the bigger rocks? A high set diamond is probably the way to go. As the larger the stone is, the more room you’ll need in the setting profile.

So if you are looking to show off the bling - this could be the setting for you.
High settings also work well with a multitude of ring designs, so you can ensure you get the ring of your dreams, and make it unique to you.

Looking to pair your engagement ring with your wedding band?

The higher profile also allows the wedding band to sit snug against the diamond on the engagement ring, making a more comfortable fit. Win!

Cons:

Do you work out a lot or wear gloves daily? The added height to the high set ring may make it more prone to catching. It’s best to take your lifestyle into account when thinking about a high set engagement ring.

Winter can be particularly unruly too. We’re talking gloves, and winter sweaters. So if you don’t want to snag your favorite cashmere sweater, this may not be the setting for you.

Of course, you can just remove it to do everyday things…

Daily chores, training at the gym, or using your hands a lot for work, but still want your bling for the big occasions?

Simply remove it, then replace it after!

Just be careful you don’t put it down and forget where you left it! Eek!

Pros & Cons of Low Setting Diamond Rings

Pros:

Low set profiles allow the stone to sit lower and blend in with the design of the band.

Low settings are also great for those with active lifestyles or work schedules, protecting the stone from accidental knocks or damage.

It’s a safe and secure option, which means you won't have to remove your ring as much, when washing your hair, doing chores, or getting the groceries.

This obviously tells us it's great for everyday wear. Which of course is important as you’ll want to wear your new bling all the time!

No snags are always a good thing, Especially if you have an active lifestyle or are a busy mom!

Cons:

Low set center diamonds may not be as noticeable and less eye-catching than in a higher setting since they tend to blend with the engagement ring design a tad more.

So if you're looking for that swoon-worthy Insta sparkle in every photo, you may prefer a higher setting.

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If you’re looking to wear it with your wedding band, the design options are also slightly more limited due to the lower set nature of the stone. However, curved wedding bands that follow the curve of the engagement ring are always an option here.  

There’s also slightly less design options for low set engagement rings. So opt for a higher setting if you want something less classic.

Does a high set engagement ring make a diamond look bigger?

As we mentioned above, high settings can make your diamond look bigger to the naked (and untrained) eye.

So basically, you can get away with a smaller rock if you want to. And here’s how…

If you want to show off your bling, pair your high set diamond with a thin band or ring shank. 

A high set ring will most likely draw more attention to the ring itself and the brilliance of the diamond.

Looking to create the illusion of a larger stone? Eyes can be easily tricked without a high setting, if that just isn’t your style.

Try a halo setting, where the accent stones around the main stone will make the piece stand out and look larger than life, even on a smaller budget.

Also, be sure to choose an excellent or very good cut diamond! The better the cut grade of the diamond, the more sparkle. This will definitely help make your diamond look larger and stand out!  

Lastly, it’s important to consider the metal for the band. While silver or white gold are the most traditional choice for engagement bands, pairing your diamond with a contrasting band can help your rock stand out.

Try a rose gold, or yellow gold band, if you really want your diamond to shine!

The Takeaways

To sum up, choosing a ring design really comes down to your personal taste and preference. 

While also making sure that it fits in with your lifestyle and career choices.

But, as with anything, it’s a good idea to see both settings in the flesh to appreciate the different nuances between the two, before you go making that all important big decision.

Ready to make a big visual impact with your engagement ring?

Meet with our sparkle experts at the Ben Garelick showroom, where we can show you both settings and the different designs available.

Can’t make it to the store? Speak to one of our friendly team online and choose to try on certain items from the comfort of your home.

Visit us at our Buffalo, NY store or call us at (716) 631-1584, text us at (716) 574-0966 or chat with our friendly experts online, and let us help you find the perfect ring for your engagement!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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