Starrysim - If you are hard on your hands, like it sounds, don't do the bead set stones. It doesn't hold diamonds very well. I have a bracelet that had to be replaced because one of the stones fell out and my e-ring had to have a stone replaced too. Go for the channel set, it is more durable.
Thanks for the tip! I will keep that in mind. I can't wait to try on bands with my ring!