Setting

Setting

Setting is vital in any ring that has diamonds or gems as the setting is the security which holds the diamond/gems in place. Choice of setting is important as this will determine the shape of diamond or gem to buy and creates the overall look of your ring.

There are many different setting that you can choose from:

PRONG SETTING – Is the most common and classic setting. A prong is like a claw which grips the diamond to hold it in place, the diamond is slightly raised allowing the diamond to catch the light and bring out the sparkle as it should. Prongs can be round, pointed, flat or v shaped. Usually 4 – 6 prongs are used in settings with 4 you can see more of the diamond and with 6 it is more secure. This setting is ideal to add brilliance to the diamond as it passes more light through the diamond usually used in a single solitaire ring.

With all settings there are drawbacks with prong setting the prongs can catch on clothing especially if it’s set high, for an active person it would be ideal to have the prongs set low.

HALO SETTING – Combines a centre stone secured with lots of smaller stones around the rim which is secured by prong setting. Halo setting makes the centre stone look bigger. The rim gems can be of different colour which will bring contrast to the centre diamond to increase the sparkle. The halo rim of stones are usually set in pave settings. For those on a budget a small centre stone can be chosen followed by 2 cluster of pave stones around it as this can add up to the same carat weight however cost much lower.

The classical halo setting of rings is with a single large centre stone with a halo of single smaller stones around the rim and clean narrow band, however in recent years people are applying further stones on the band in pave setting to give the extra bling and grab more attention to the ring.

BEZEL SETTING – Is a secure setting than the rest as a strip of metal (bezel setting) is moulded around the shape of the diamond to secure the diamond in its place and holds the diamond tightly without damaging the diamond better than any other setting. The top of the stone is usually at the same level as the metal formed around it however the bezel can be slightly lower than the stone to be able to see more of the diamond as higher bezel can hide a significant part of the stone.

Bezel setting can be full or partial setting, a full bezel setting will cover all the sides of the diamond and partial bezel setting will leave certain parts open.

Bezel setting displays a clean modern look and does not have parts that catch your clothes and suitable for more active lifestyle. However bezel settings usually is more expensive.

INVISIBLE SETTING – Is when you are not able to see what exactly is securing the diamonds/gems in place. It is a mould that holds the stones in place without focusing on the setting itself. The mould itself will have grooves below the surface to secure the stones in place. This setting is usually used when diamonds/gems are sitting closely to each other creating appearance of a solid surface of gems and adding to the contemporary look such as covering the band. Square or princess cut gems are usually used for this setting.

It is difficult to resize and/or fix an invisible setting ring as trying to bend the metal frame will damage the diamond and to replace the diamond is difficult as not all jewellers’ stock diamond with special cut grooves in them.

CHANNEL SETTING – Is a row of small diamonds which is set side by side and secured in place individually with grooves within the two walls of channel itself. This protects the diamond from getting chipped and protects from daily wear and tear and hard knocks.

Over the years channel setting has grown in popularity especially for wedding and anniversary bands. It gives a stunning look as no metal is on show and displays the full beauty of the diamond creating a contemporary look.

Channel setting rings are more difficult to clean than a prong setting ring due to not being able to reach deep into the channels. Resizing a ring with this setting also can be very difficult and may destroy the metal and diamonds can come loose. Ensure the ring size is correct at time of order as there are restrictions on how much a ring of channel setting can be modified once resized there is no guarantee the ring will portray as it did before.

PAVE SETTING – Pronounced “pa –vay” is a French word meaning paved. Small diamonds are set together very closely with very little visibility of metals which displays as a paved path of sparkles hence the word pave setting. The ring is drilled with tiny holes which secures the diamond in place and then tiny beads or mini prongs are used to keep then in place. Pave setting draws attention to the centre diamond and gives it more sparkle ideal for less sparkly centre stone.

If the whole ring is pave set resizing it can be very difficult and may destroy the metal and diamonds can come loose. Ensure the ring size is correct at time of order as there are restrictions on how much a ring of channel setting can be modified once resized there is no guarantee the ring will portray as it did before.

Pave setting stones creates a contemporary combined with vintage style look. As the stones are smaller in size/carat the overall cost of ring is lower than others. Pave set rings are easy to clean and has high durability great for people with active lifestyle.

FLUSH SETTING – This setting is also known as the burnish or gypsy setting. A hole is drilled into the metal and diamond/gem is nested within it. The hole must be precisely drilled as cannot be bigger than the stone as it will be loose nor small as will not fit. The surrounded metal is gently hammered around the stone to neatly secure the stone in place and is protected from chipping or falling out. Due to the hammering of the end process the stone must be of high durability as softer stones will crack in the process however all shapes of stones can be used. This setting is ideal for active lifestyle due to its durability of the setting.

This type of setting is ideal for wedding band rings especially men’s as it gives the simple but sturdy look. The diamond is less visible to the naked eye as it is set within the band itself only the top is visible. This setting is ideal if you are looking at budgeting as the stone is only visible from the top therefore stones with small flaws can be used and concealed below the surface giving you the low cost of the stone itself.