One of the most important – albeit challenging – aspects of jewelry design is the stone setting. This setting type refers to the metal base that keeps a gemstone or diamond in place, which is critical. The various setting styles are designed to enhance the beauty of the stone while showcasing the brilliance of the entire piece of jewelry. There are many different setting types, which means you should be able to find one that speaks to you and represents your style. If you still aren’t sure which is best for you after reading about the various stone settings we offer, please do not hesitate to give us a call. As a family-owned and operated business, we strive to work closely with our clients and make sure they have a hand in every part of the design process. We understand how important a one-of-a-kind ring, necklace, or bracelet is, and we are dedicated to leaving you with a stunning piece you will cherish for many years to come.
Stone settings serve both practical and aesthetic purposes. Without the perfect stone setting, your diamond or gemstone may not be as featured or highlighted as it should be. When done properly, the stone setting can completely transform the piece in itself. Here at Elite Fine Jewelry Crafting, we understand the importance of proper stone setting. We have seen what a difference it can make and strive to secure diamonds and gemstones in the least invasive way possible. Our goal is to use the least amount of material possible in order to secure the gem, allowing the stone to be the star.
Different Types of Stone Settings
If you aren’t sure which stone setting is right for you, check out this handy guide and let us know if you have any questions:
- Micro Setting – This type of setting is ideal if you have multiple small diamonds that need to be set very close together
- Prong Setting – This is the most popular type of setting for rings and features either four or six prongs that are bent over the girdle of the stone. Prong setting diamonds are positioned quite high, allowing the diamond or stone to receive the most exposure to light all the way through. Many women opt for this type of setting for their engagement ring, as it minimizes the appearance of metal and truly allows the diamond to shine.
- Pave Setting – This type of setting is quite similar to a prong setting. The only difference is that the setting features the diamonds on the metal with the help of grains that are used to push against the diamond. The final piece will feature the diamond in the center and the surface will appear enveloped in stones. Another popular setting for engagement rings and earrings, the stone is given a brilliant effect with a pave setting.
- Channel Setting – With this method, the stones are suspended between two strips of metal, referred to as channels. The stones are set into the channel and held in place by an additional strip of metal.
- Bezel Setting – When a diamond or other stone is completely surrounded by metal, it is considered a bezel setting. There is usually a thin strip of metal that surrounds the stone either entirely or partially. This type of setting works best with round shaped stones, but it can be used with other shapes if you so desire.
- Pressure Setting – In this type of setting, the pressure of the metal against the stone is what keeps it in place, as opposed to the traditional features that secure the stone.
- Invisible Setting – This is the most difficult setting because the stones are positioned in a way that completely hides the metal. This gives the appearance of a continuous surface. This setting type is ideal for square, princess, emerald, and trillion cut gemstones because of the straight edges these cuts feature.
- Illusion Setting – Last but certainly not least, illusion setting is when a stone is placed in the center of a brightly burnished metal. The metal edges are cut and bent around the stone, giving the illusion that the stone and metal are one in the same.
To learn more about the stone settings available at Elite Fine Jewelry Crafting, please give us a call today.