FAQ: What is a French-Set Engagement Ring?

French-set diamonds are small diamonds set very close together on a piece of jewelry.

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The style was popularized in the 1920s, as part of the art deco fine jewelry trend. A new technique at the time, it was used to make jewelry look more dazzling and luxurious.

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The diamonds are raised and secured with tiny beads that act as bonding agents, keeping each diamond in place. The overall appeal is that you can barely see the metal between the diamonds, making for an apparently seamless line of brilliance. French-set diamond bands often have more sparkle than any other type of diamond band, since they allow the most light to enter the diamonds.

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A french-set engagement ring can have a band set with pavé diamonds, a center diamond bordered with a french-set halo, or both. As such, french-set diamond rings can look very different from each other, depending on the overall style.

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