What diamond setting sparkles the most?

Diamond setting without prongs? Possible or a mistake

Settings. Usually a bit of an afterthought. A lot of jewelry designers have tried different approaches to try and give you “more diamond” and “less setting”. Nobody wants those prongs getting in the way of your diamond’s sparkle! Now let’s take a look at some of the differences.

Traditional setting

There are 4 main groups of “traditional” settings: prong, bezel, channel, and bead. There are thousands of style variations, but each of them are pretty much based on these.

Prong is by far the most common.

drilled setting

A diamond with a hole drilled into it to support a hoop, either as an earring charm or a pendant, is quite rare (for good reason). However, we do see it with some large brands, who aim to give you a full 360 view of your diamond - often referred to as a "floating" setting. A couple reasons why this isn't the best idea:

1. It actually costs you more. How? You have to start with a larger rough diamond, in order to put a hole in it. In reality, you’ve probably paid for something larger to begin with, to make enough space to puncture the gem. Personally, we’d prefer just keeping a larger size. 

2. You cannot re-set it into anything. The beauty of diamonds is that thanks to their durability, you can take them to a jeweler to be re-set different pieces at any time. For example, you might want to take some old diamond earrings and reset them into a cocktail ring, or a necklace – this is possible with almost any diamond setting. Except, of course, if someone’s gone and drilled a big hole in it.

3. Finally, the value of your diamond of course plummets – a 1 carat diamond with a hole in it won’t be valued as a 1 carat diamond, even if that’s the total weight after puncture.


Here at VALAIS we try and make sure the setting complements the design – we look at is as a holistic picture. However, for those “floating” pieces where you want maximum diamond, minimum setting – we’ve partnered with a patented “Floating Diamond” setting. It’s thin, curved edges “hug” the diamond and give you the illusion of a single, floating piece – without damaging your gemstone.


Our floating diamond setting can be found in the “Juste une pierre” necklace and diamond studs in “The Classics” collection.

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