That Crucial Question… Claw Set or Channel Set Eternity Wedding Band?
The two main decisions you need to make when choosing an eternity wedding band are which setting you prefer and how many diamonds or gemstones you would like. Below are brief descriptions of the two most popular settings, along with advantages and disadvantages of each setting. This will help you make the most appropriate choice.
The claw setting is the most popular design. Claws are like little prongs holding a diamond in place. They are usually placed at equidistant intervals around the stones. A row of claw set diamonds may cover half of the band to create a half eternity ring or a complete row of diamonds around the circumference of the band to create a full eternity ring.
Claw settings have two main advantages over other settings. Firstly, more of a diamond stone is visible, as claws do not obstruct different angles of the view. Secondly, claw set diamonds are easiest to clean, since more of the stone is exposed.
A claw set eternity wedding band does not include any large centerpiece stones which can be costly. It incorporates smaller diamonds and this is therefore reflected in the price.
When claw set, the diamond’s girdle is exposed and captures light allowing it to freely bounce through the stone, emphasizing its fire and brilliance.
Due to the low amount of labour needed and moderate amount of metal required, claw setting is the least expensive.
The main disadvantage of this setting is that the claws may get caught in clothing or hair. Claw settings can also scratch the skin. Because of this, many women remove their claw set rings before retiring to bed or when caring for children, therefore avoiding unwanted scratches.
Another disadvantage is that claw settings, especially those with fewer claws, do not protect diamond edges and over time may become chipped. It is also likely that after some considerable amount of wearing, a claw set ring may need to be retipped since claws can wear down in time.
In a channel style setting, a series of smaller diamonds form a row around the ring. They are not separated from each other but typically supported by walls of metal on two sides. A channel can encompass a short row of a few stones, as in a half eternity wedding band, or the entire circumference of the ring to form a full eternity wedding band.
The channel setting protects diamonds’ girdles from damage. This style of eternity ring does not include any large centerpiece stones which can make it less pricey since smaller diamonds cost less.
The absence of any exposed sharp angles and corners makes channel setting excellent for active lifestyles and eliminates the risk of scratching skin or getting caught in hair.
These bands are seen as contemporary fashion and have an uncomplicated linear design.
Setting multiple stones in the channel requires more work than some other settings, so the cost of the setting increases.
These rings are difficult to resize as the jeweller has to bend the metal. It is not uncommon for the stones to loosen and tightening them while making sure the channels are well aligned is somewhat difficult, but not impossible.
This style of setting does not make the task of cleaning your ring easy. It is tough to reach deep into the channels and clean out the dirt trapped there. The best way to clean these rings is to use an ultrasonic cleaner.