The first thing most people see when they look at a ring is the central diamond or gemstone — and that's how it should be! But when you're buying a special ring, you want to understand everything about its construction and design. One of the most important elements of a ring's design is the setting: how are the stones held in place? A ring's setting can be prominent and artistic or subtle and practically invisible. The first step in deciding which setting is right for you is to consider which style appeals to you aesthetically, and which type is most appropriate for the ring you're buying.