The Setting Type refers to the metal base that holds a gemstone or diamond in place. Each setting style is created to enhance both, the beauty of the stones and the brilliance of a jewelry piece. If you're wondering what is the best type of setting for you, we've detailed out some of the most common and widely used setting types.
The Bezel setting is one of the first techniques used to attach gemstones to jewelry. The most common bezel technique is to shape a piece of metal to match the gem stone. It is then attached through solder and by crimping the metal around the girdle of the diamond.
A bezel setting is one of the most secure ways to set a diamond, keeping it safely in place, and guarding it against sharp knocks that could cause small chips in a diamonds exterior.
One of the most popular setting styles for diamonds, the Prong setting holds a diamond in place with (usually) six prongs. A prong jewelry setting shows off the entire diamond, and allows a large amount of light to enter the stone for a dazzling effect.
The prong setting is used predominantly in engagement rings, but many other pieces that showcase gorgeous diamonds also incorporate it.
The flush setting is similar to a bezel diamond setting, however the top (table) of the stone is the only part exposed. Many jewelers set smaller diamonds flush in the band of a ring, creating patterns and highlights to the band, as well as the main stones.
The flush diamond setting is not often used for the main stones of a ring, since it makes the diamond 'less prominent'.
A modern setting style, often used in decorative rings, the tension setting gives a diamond a 'free' appearance. A tension setting ring will often have a band of metal that is separated and overlapping, the natural 'spring' in the metal will then hold the diamond in place when placed between this metal overlap.
While the tension setting looks amazing, it can be easily damaged by sharp knocks, and the ring cannot be resized.
Channel settings are commonly used in both the band of a ring, and in earrings. Set between two strips of metal, channel diamonds are flush with the metal, which keeps them comfortable to wear, and safe from damage. The channel jewelry setting is very popular in wedding rings, where it highlights the center stone.
The bar setting is also common in both rings and earrings. Whilst it is similar to the channel setting in use, it looks very different, as the sides of the diamonds lay exposed, and the stones are held in place instead by metal bars between the stones. Many people love this look as the metal contrasts and separates each diamond.
The pave setting is most often used in ring bands, but can also be found on earrings and pendants. The Pave jewelry setting will generally incorporate a large number of small diamonds laid flush with the metal band, very close together but not touching. This creates a solid layer of sparkle, which can make a whole ring sparkle!