While there are many different types of setting styles, such as halo, solitaire, or vintage, within each collection type lies another set of decisions one has to make when choosing their engagement ring. In addition to picking the diamond shape, deciding on the band style — for both your engagement and wedding ring — is an integral part of designing a ring or bridal set. Channel settings are one of the most popular and pragmatic styles on the market today, and we’ve gathered everything you need to know about channel settings, below.
What Is a Channel Setting?
A channel setting is a style of the diamond ring band that features smaller diamonds set in a “channel” between two metal strips. The diamonds that are set inside this row typically lay flush with the metal, allowing for extra security. This setting style gives the illusion of an endless plane of diamonds along your band, which will add to the ring’s overall sparkle.
Pavé vs. Channel Setting
Pavé and channel set bands are often mistaken for each other and this is mostly due to the fact that both styles feature diamonds that run along the shank of the ring. However, the two have some differences that you should be aware of before making a purchase. Pavé set engagement rings feature rows of tiny accent diamonds that line the shank, or band, of the ring. They are fitted into holes that are set level with the ring and sit in raised beds or prongs that support the tiny diamonds. These prongs are the main difference between a channel and a pavé setting — channel settings do not have metal (prongs or very small beads) in between each diamond. Instead, the diamonds are pushed next to each other. Channel settings also feature diamonds inside the band, where the pavé style features diamonds on the surface.
Pros of a Channel Setting
One of the biggest benefits of choosing a channel setting is that your diamonds will be more securely set than if you choose a pavé or bead-set band. This is because the diamonds are set inside the band and protected by walls of metal that wrap up over to cover the girdle (or widest part) of a diamond. If you’re worried about your ring getting damaged from daily wear, or maybe you live a more active lifestyle, a channel set band is a fantastic choice. Remember, if you do wear your ring often, try to get yearly maintenance done to ensure your diamonds are in tip-top shape. Another great benefit to choosing a channel setting is that this style is less likely to snag on clothing or other fabrics, due to the way the diamonds are set.
Channel settings also tend to highlight not just the diamonds in your ring, but the metal in which it is set. So if you love the simplicity of a solitaire setting but want to spice it up just a bit, a channel setting is perfect for you!
Cons of a Channel Setting
While channel settings have many wonderful pros, there are some factors to be aware of before making your purchase. First, channel settings often require more cleaning than other types of setting styles. You may have to clean your ring more frequently, due to dirt gathering in between the diamonds, which can, over time, take the sparkle away from your ring. However, it’s not a huge deal-breaker, as jewelers can clean this style fairly easily. And, while you should get your ring professionally cleaned yearly, it’s easy to clean your engagement ring and wedding band yourself.
Our Best Channel Set Engagement Rings
Now that you know everything about channel settings, we’ve gathered our favorite engagement ring styles that you can shop at Clean Origin.
A modern twist on the traditional channel style band, this engagement ring features channel-set lab-created diamonds that taper up to its impressive cathedral shoulders. Available in 14k white, yellow, rose gold, and platinum, and customizable with 9 different diamond shapes.
Perfect Fit Channel Set Petite Ring
A bestselling style, and a true channel setting. This Perfect Fit ring features diamonds in a channel set band, and the band is created with sculpted sides to ensure that the ring will not turn while on your finger. Compatible with the brilliant round diamond, this is the perfect channel style engagement ring.
Petite Windsor Ring
This classic style engagement ring features a graceful row of channel set lab-created diamonds on a thinner band width at 1.5mm. A minimal style with plenty of sparkle, this setting is also customizable with 9 different diamond shapes including oval, pear, and princess.
Denmark 3 Stone Ring
If you’re looking for something more unique than a classic style setting, try our Denmark 3 stone. Featuring a tapered band with channel set diamonds, and two round diamonds that accent the center stone of your choice. For a more geometric look, try an emerald center stone. If you’re looking for something a little different than a round diamond, the oval is a great choice.
Our Best Channel Set Wedding Rings
Whether you’re searching for the perfect channel-set matching band or you’re hoping to add a secure diamond-studded ring to your ring stack, these wedding rings are sure to fit the bill! Check out some of our favorite channel-set wedding bands, below.
Waverly Matching Band
Eighteen channel-set lab-created diamonds sparkle from the tapered cathedral shoulders of this classic and stunning matching band. Pair it with the Waverly Ring for a stunning channel-set bridal set.
Perfect Fit Milgrain Petite Matching Band
A beautiful channel set band that matches with our Perfect Fit Milgrain Ring. Featuring intricate milgrain detailing, 11 lab-created accent stones, and a unique design that will ensure your ring does not turn on your finger.
2.5mm Scalloped Channel Eternity Band
If you’re looking for a wedding band that is both practical and stylish, our Scalloped Channel Eternity Band is perfect for you! The channel setting will protect your diamonds from day to day activity, but the scalloped edges add a beautiful design element. Available in white, yellow, rose gold, and platinum.