Gemstone Jewelry Settings
by Ashutosh Roy
Prong Setting, Bezel Setting, Pave Setting, Channel Setting, Invisible Setting are the most common setting techniques for gemstone in your ornaments.
How to Evaluate Jewelry Setting before buying
Do you murmur the famous song of Nicole Kidman "Diamonds are a girl's best
friend" and want to apply it to your girlfriend in her next birthday? Even
if your pocket does not permit a huge budget for a larger diamond, don't
worry. You can just walk into the famous gemstone mart and ask for the
special illusion setting to elude your small diamond magnified to impress
Before delving into the setting techniques you need to know the various
popular settings and pros and cons for each of them. Prong Setting
, Pave Setting
, Channel Setting
are the most common setting techniques for gemstone in
Lets start with Prong Setting
, the most common types of setting. The
metal claws hold the gemstone and thus it is also known as Claw setting.
Claws are bent over the edge to give the stone the extra security. The main
advantage is as the claws occupy very small places; the most of the gemstone
remain exposed glittering its own beauty. It's a faster methodology and can
accommodate any size and shape. The claws normally vary between four and
six. The prong setting is cheaper and its also convenient for maintaining or
cleaning purpose. The major disadvantage of Prong setting is the claws are
often prone to catch clothing mainly woolen types. Thin, flat claws can
eventually break risking your precious gemstone. Again very large claws will
reduce the glitter of the gemstone. V-shaped claws are desirable sometimes.
You must check whether the stone is tightly fit under the claws at an even
height and the edges of the claws are not broken or there should not be any
empty space left between the claws and the gemstone. The claws should reach
adequately inside the stone, not merely the edges. You must ensure that the
claws are small enough to allow the gemstone to touch your skin directly.
Solitaire engagement rings are the classic example of Prong settings.
The most ancient setting technique is Bezel Setting
, which holds the
gemstone just like a picture frame. Its like a collar of Gold or silver,
which is almost wrapped around the gemstone. As you can apprehend how much
careful, the tailor needs to be, while he is designing the collar of your
shirt, the similar effort and attention is required for the Bezel Setting to
fit the stone properly. Enough caution is to be taken so that the glittering
effect of the stone is never reduced to due to the setting. Bezel Setting
gives the designer more variety of options for its ultramodern look. A
version of the Bezel Setting is called the Flush setting, where the gemstone
is sunk into the mounting and the surface has got a window cut. You must
check the evenness of the lip of the Bezel or Flush setting and any
distortion or hitches need to be avoided. The final checking should be
whether the gemstone has been fitted tightly from all sides. The wide open
face of the gemstone allows the cleaning and maintaining work easily and the
tiny edge of the collar protects the gemstone perfectly.
Here are some tricks. If a rim of white gold or platinum encircles a white
diamond, the diamond appears larger. A golden yellow bezel setting throws
yellow tints on a white diamond making a brilliant look of the ring.
The best way to compromise the quality with your lower budget is the Pave
setting. Small pieces are paved inside the setting. Small pieces are
carefully set with beads or grains of metals, usually gold or platinum to
define a carpet of brilliance. This is mainly used for diamond rings, where
the setting appears to be a continuous surface of diamonds. In this case,
you must ensure the evenness of both the gemstone as well as the beads. If
the beads or grains are not evenly spaced it is sure to reduce the glimmer.
Diamonds engagement rings and earrings are often use Pave settings.
Generally the small pieces like princess cut diamonds cost reasonably lesser
than the larger stone, but the illusive appearance will enhance its value.
Now if you divert to the paradigm of the bracelet world, the first setting,
which comes up in mind, is the Channel setting
. The gemstones are
held between the two tracks of the U-shaped formed by the ornamental metal.
This is most useful for the square shaped gemstones, which can sit side by
side. Sometimes additional claws are set to hold the gemstone tightly. It
started with the eternity brands and tennis bracelets, now-a days a variety
of engagement rings also use channel setting. Some famous shopping sites
like eBay and MSN are offering various engagement rings using the channel
Do you want a complete visibility of the gemstone? Then you need the most
costly and posh setting, the Invisible setting. The gemstone appears
to float and no gold or metal is visible in the surface. Which mechanism
shows this floating appearance? Gemstones are properly cut and shaped and a
net of wires hold the stones tightly. Either the stones are grooved on the
back or pins, bars are fitted externally to the gemstone to facilitate the
wires. In a proper setting the gemstone will never wobble and you must
ensure that the levels of the gemstones are perfect. The legendary art deco
period of 1908 in Paris witnessed the usage of invisible settings by Van
Cleef and Arpel. If you want a look and feel visit the Fancy Diamond Inc
website to check the yellow gold Invisible setting Diamond ring.
There are some gemstone specific settings. Like illusion setting for
diamond, where a mirror-like plate is used to enlarge the appearance of the
small diamond. Simple colour mix and match also become useful for enhancing
the glory of the jewel. Like light yellow diamond in gold will design the
yellowish tint of the diamond where as the same diamond in any white-metal
setting will appear whitish.
We suggest you to visit a good gemstone shop like
Gem Hut, where you can
choose your gemstone, the ornament metal and the setting on your own to
decide which one is the best combination to hypnotize.