What Is A Channel Setting?

An engagement ring setting is the entire metal part of the ring that holds all diamonds and gemstones in place. A channel setting means that a band has a channel or ident in which small stones are set and secured between two metal bars. A channel set engagement ring has either a band or a halo that is chanel set. The center stone will be set in a different style. Channel setting became a popular style in the 1990’s.

Is Channel Set The Right Style For You?

Channel setting your band or halo is a great way to keep those precious stones safe. Depending on the overall ring style and center stone, channel setting can look modern, sleek and futuristic in high polish white metal, or handmade and organic in a hammered yellow gold. Watch the video for more channel set design possibilities fo your own custom engagement ring.


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Channel Setting Pros and Cons


  • Secures and protects stones from being struck or chipping
  • The low profile and good for active lifestyles and those who work with their hands
  • Adds extra sparkle to your design


  • The recessed design require more cleaning as dirt and debris can collect
  • Can be difficult to repair or resize because stones are specially cut to fit the channel
  • Stones can be overwhelmed by the surrounding metal

Who Are Channel Set Rings Right For?

If you want extra sparkle and your accent stones to be securely held, channel setting is a great choice. It’s a low profile setting, so it’s good for those that have an active lifestyle, work with their hands, or are rough on their jewelry. Channels tend to create a metal-forward look, so they’re not a good choice for people who want to see more stone, less metal. It’s also not a good choice if you’re not positive of ring size.

Additional Resources

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring

Become an expert with our free guide.

Ring Styles

Depending on your style, channel setting can be classic, vintage, or alternative.

Unique and Unconventional Wedding Rings

Incorporate channel setting in your wedding ring.

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