Deciding Between High Setting and Low Setting Engagement Rings? Here's What You Need to Know
You have a million-and-one questions to answer when you pick out a diamond engagement ring: How many carats do you want? Do you want to add accent diamonds? What color gemstone?
But there’s also another question you probably haven’t considered: Do you want a low setting engagement ring or a high setting engagement ring? (You’ll also see these called low profile engagement rings and high profile engagement rings.)
The high setting vs. low setting engagement ring decision can seem pretty confusing, but it’s easy to decide when you learn the differences between the two.
High setting vs. low setting: What’s the difference?
In simple terms, a high setting ring means that the center gemstone will sit higher, while a low profile engagement ring will sit flush with the finger.
Which is the better choice? A higher profile means the stone will stand out more, so you can show off that bling. But there’s a tradeoff because you run the risk of scratching the diamond or snagging the ring on your clothes or other fabrics. (Even if your diamond isn’t damaged, your rock can easily damage other things it encounters, from wood tables to other gemstones.)
Low setting engagement rings are typically better for those with more active lifestyles — or hands-on careers — because you’re less likely to scratch the stone or hit the ring on hard surfaces. You can still get a high setting engagement ring even with an active life, but you’ll have to take extra care not to dent, chip or scratch it. Your best bet: Only wear your ring during your downtime and pick a simple band to wear while at work or during a workout.
Shopping guide: The best high setting engagement rings
You aren’t like anyone else — and your high setting engagement ring shouldn’t be, either. Luckily, our collection of high profile engagement rings has a variety of different settings, so you’ll definitely find one that fits your personal style.