"Solitaire" refers to any setting that features one single stone. Solitaire settings can be used for solitaire diamond engagement rings, solitaire diamond studs or a solitaire diamond pendant.
Solitaire settings are truly iconic, timeless and classic. Tiffany & Co paved the way with its iconic 6 prong platinum solitaire setting. The Tiffany Setting was introduced in 1886 by the Charles L. Tiffany.
The original design featured six claws (or prongs) within a ring casted in Platinum. Each claw surrounded a single diamond above a Platinum band. This simple setting gave rise to the classic solitaire diamond engagement ring.
Today, diamonds under 2 carats are usually set securely with 4 prongs. For stones above the 2 carat mark, it is wise to use a 6 prong setting for security. Solitaire settings lift a diamond by raising it high. Doing this allows more light into the diamond bringing out its brilliance and scintillation. Solitaire settings provide a simple yet highly effective method of securing diamonds. The simplicity of a solitaire setting makes it a very popular choice. As we say in jewellery...less is more.
Solitaire settings can be found across the board of jewelry. Solitaire diamond studs, solitaire engagement rings, solitaire diamond pendants all provide timeless options for jewelry. Whether you are buying a solitaire setting for yourself or for a loved one it will always be a timeless and classic option.