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Clear Cut Classroom: Solitaires

Today we’re talking about solitaires! It is one of the most requested settings here at The Clear Cut. Inspired by your questions from our weekly Q and A’s on Instagram, we will tell you everything you need to know about the most classic setting!

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Settings are just as important as the stone you choose. The same stone can look entirely different depending on the setting. Today is all about solitaires. A solitaire engagement ring is timeless and classic. It is the setting when the ring is just the diamond on a plain band (sometimes with a pave), but no side stones or anything else. I like to think of it as the “display setting” because it looks like your diamond is on display. There are a few things to look out for when it comes to solitaires:

Setting: A cathedral setting is when there are shoulders from the band to the top. No cathedral means that the basket sits right on the band. Choosing between a cathedral or non-cathedral setting is totally up to personal preference. Both settings are very secure and sometimes you don’t even notice the type of setting unless you look from the side.


Shank width: the width of the band can totally change the look of your diamond. The thinner the band, the bigger the diamond looks, which is why we usually get lots of requests for thin bands. This being said, you don’t want the band to be too thin because it could bend or break. The minimum width we recommend is 1.5 mm.


Pave: If you want to put small pave diamonds on your band, we usually recommend only having the diamonds half or three-quarters of the way down the band. This is just in case you want to resize your ring at some point, having diamonds all the way around can make it very difficult. Having some metal space is also safer! Imagine every time you type, hold something, or do anything with your hand, the diamonds on the bottom of the band will be hit and they eventually will get looser over time. No one ever sees those diamonds anyways


Prongs: The prongs on a ring are the little metal pieces that hold your diamond in place. Typically you only need four prongs to secure the diamond, except if you have a pear shape, you only need three. Some people like 6 or 8 prongs for certain cuts, but that is up to personal preference. There are two types. First, ball prongs look like balls on the corners of your stone. These pronounce the corners and make a diamond look more square. Second, claw prongs look like metal that is clawing the corners of the stone. They are more delicate and use less metal. You can’t go wrong with either!


Metal: You can either go for platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold (14K or 18K). The first thing to decide is if you want a white metallic look or colored metal. If you want a white metallic look, you can choose white gold or platinum. Platinum keeps its white color forever, while white gold will need to be redipped to maintain its color over the years. If you live a very active lifestyle, white gold is sturdier than platinum and rose gold is the softest metal. If you want a colored metal we typically recommend setting the diamond in white gold or platinum because it makes the diamond look white and bright without reflecting the color of the metal.

When picking your ideal solitaire, consider these elements: cathedral, no cathedral, thickness, pave, prongs and metal. There are so many options when it comes to solitaire settings! What is your ideal solitaire? Let us know in the comments!

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