Gap between bottom of diamond and ring

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
2317 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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foodiegal :  the diamond is too small for the setting. It’s set like this to try to make it appear larger from the top down. It would bother me so much. I’d get this reset lower or find a setting with a more decorative and filled in basket to hide this air space. 

Post # 3
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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foodiegal :  it’s like that on purpose to let light into the bottom of the stone so it sparkles more

ETA: I didn’t see the setting close up before. That basket is too large for that stone. It’s  a relatively easy fix. You just need to have a new head made that fits the stone

Post # 4
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

That’s pretty standard with a high set ring and a smaller stone, although your gap does look particularly large. If you look up “high setting from side” you will see that it’s fairly common. If this is something that really bugs you, you can consider changing the basket to be like some of the other images you’ll see in that Google search. 

My ring is set somewhat high, and the super thick basket fills in that space. You may decide you’d prefer the gap. Sometimes I wish mine was more delicate from that angle, because it is just so much metal.

Or if you’re feeling fancy you could put diamonds there. Or lower the setting. It looks like it would catch on things so much! 

Post # 5
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

You can see the “float” in my stone, here. It might be style, but mine is set much closer in

Post # 6
7413 posts
Busy Beekeeper

that picture is so out of focus, im confused at how other bees are making comments =\i really cant see anything to determine HOW high this is set.

higher set settings are popular, and make the diamond look larger. i dont personally like these because they are more likely to snag and even rip off.

that said, there is a major bonus with the culet exposed – cleaning! gets that diamond shiny and new in no time.

Post # 7
9398 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

It looks high to me, but mine is set so the culet is just barely above the shank:

Post # 8
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jellybellynelly :  i agree with this in terms of the cleaning aspect. 

I have a CZ in my engagement ring (we had the setting made custom and are saving for a diamond down the line…one day)The way my ring is set it is kinda hard to clean under the stone, so it didn’t always seem like it was 100% clean and sparkly, even after professional cleaning. I always felt like there was some spots of cloudiness that wasn’t there when i first got it.

It kind of always bugged me, but i mostly attributed it to the fact that it wasn’t a diamond and that’s why it didn’t look as amazing as it could. Then, two days before the wedding the CZ cracked in the cleaning machine (of course it had to happen right before the wedding UGH) and my jeweler replaced it in a pinch with another CZ that mastched as closely as possible. Now my ring looks like yours from the side and i was annoyed at first (but was just thankful my ring was fixed in time) BUT now i can clean every single microscopic spec of that stone and it shines like crazy now. It looks brand new after i clean it, whereas the old stone that was set lower never looked BRAND new after cleaning once i had it for about a year.


I don’t mind too much because my stone is a CZ right now, but when it comes time to put the diamond in, i am going to want an appropriate fit. Whether that means it’s set lower and therefore harder to clean or whether it can still be set up higher and easy to clean, i just want it to be set correctly. The right size and cut of diamond for the the setting i have is what i would want, so i would look i to what that means by asking some jewelers. 

I would recommend going to a few different jewelers and see what they say. It could be that it was set improperly, that it is not the appropriate size/cut for the setting, or it could be that it is purely preference! 



ALSO, your basket is different than mine; my basked has a horizontal line connecting the prongs together on two sides, and the other two sides have a v shaped connection between the prongs, so the stone is not as visible as it is on yours. It’s kind of hidden a little by the setting. I think i might be bugged if i could see mind that clearly as well, so i can’t blame you. But I’m probably not the best person to give an opinion on that cause i have an insane attention to detail LOL  

Hope this helps! 

Post # 9
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My setting is set high also. My diamond is the larger one and the smaller one sitting on top of my ering is my cz travel ring. My travel ring is set much lower. I personally prefer the higher setting. 

Post # 11
1379 posts
Bumble bee

 I have a different type of setting where the prongs don’t come directly out of the band, but there’s more of a basket. I also have some side stones so my center is set quite a bit higher than I had expected to get a nice flow in the design. In my ring I’d say there’s about 2-3mm of space between the bottom of the stone and my finger. But it works for my design and I kind of like the side view. But if you don’t like the way your ring looks from the side, you could very easily get the stone lowered.

Picture for reference – kind of hard to see, but the “point” of my center stone only goes down to about the height of the middle of the rubies.

Post # 12
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Mine is set just as high as yours and I’ve never had a problem with it. Just makes it look bigger imo! I love mine being high set 🙂 just make sure you’re getting it tightened once a year to make sure the diamond is stiill snug!

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