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When you’re shopping for engagement rings, you’ll spend a lot of time focusing on things like ring shape, band style and gem choice. Chances are you probably haven’t put hours into thinking about the height of the setting. But the reality is that this oft-overlooked element actually has a huge impact on the aesthetic and functionality of your ring, so you want to make sure you pay attention.

In this guide, we’ll cover all the details of setting height to help you determine how high or low to go. Most of our affordable engagement rings feature a medium setting to help ensure sparkle without getting in your way.

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Different Setting Heights

When we talk about high and low settings, we’re talking about how much the stone protrudes from the band or how high up it is propped by the prongs. A high-setting ring will have a higher profile, meaning the stone will be propped up higher and protrude more from the band. On the other hand, a low-setting ring will sit a lot closer to the band and create a more flush look. Some ring settings aren’t propped up at all and are flush or set into the band, such as bezel-set rings.

Setting heights vary because they affect brilliance — higher settings let more light in to enhance shine — and functionality. Choose a prong setting, like most of the engagement rings for sale at Modern Gents, to get the most sparkle for your buck. The prong setting holds up the stone and lets light in from below, highlighting the many facets and magnifying the sparkle.


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High Setting: Dialing Up the ‘Wow’ Factor

Choose a high-setting engagement ring if you want a style that commands attention and stands out in a crowd. In general, high-set engagement rings tend to bring more sparkle because they are propped up more, allowing more light to come through at every angle. If sparkle is your main objective — no shame in that! — then go for a higher setting. This is the perfect choice for the lady who wants a pizazz-packed ring that’s a bit more on the flashy side.


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Low Setting: Pretty, Classic and Subtle

If you love the look of a sparkly stone but don’t want anything getting in your way throughout the day, go for a medium or low-setting engagement ring. These rings sit closer to the band (and your finger), creating a more flush, seamless look. That means they won’t stand out quite as much, making them a great choice for those who love the minimalist engagement ring look or want something a bit more subtle. 

Profiles and Functionality

Not only does the profile of your stone affect the style of the ring, but it also impacts how it functions in your day-to-day life. Naturally, a higher setting is much more likely to get caught on things, including your hair, gloves, etc., and that can be quite annoying if you’re someone who works with your hands all day. Kids, pets and machinery can be risky when you rock a rock that protrudes a lot. 

On the other hand, low-set engagement rings tend to be quite a bit more subtle, ensuring that they stay out of your way while you’re using your hands. If you have to wear gloves a lot or come into contact with hair, fibers or anything else that could get stuck in your ring, we’d recommend sticking to a lower profile. You might also consider choosing the ring you prefer and wearing a silicone ring while working, exercising or working with your hands.

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Choose a Ring You Love

At the end of the day, as long as you choose an engagement ring that honors your special romance and suits your sense of style, you’re doing it the right way. Browse our complete array of dazzling engagement rings to see some brilliant examples of rings featuring higher settings, lower settings and everything in between.

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