DIAMOND SETTING

Diamond setting is the platform on which the diamond sits. The purpose of a setting is to hold the diamonds securely in the mounting and at the same time allow light to enter the diamonds for maximum brilliance. Gemstone settings are nearly always named a term that describes the way they actually hold diamonds gemstones in place.



The variety of diamond settings (rings/bands) available is almost endless. Where do you begin?

Begin at the beginning and select your diamond - select a loose diamond first so you can focus on the quality of the stone.

Then you are free to focus on an appropriate setting knowing that your diamond purchase is exactly what you want. 

Once you've decided on a diamond, the shape of the stone will narrow the field in terms of diamond settings - settings are designed with a Diamond Cut in mind.

The prong (claw) setting is most often used to hold a solitaire because it emphases the stones and not the metal. The prongs position the center diamond to catch the most light – the four or six claws that cradle the diamond allow the maximum amount of light to enter a stone from all angles. This makes the diamond appear larger and more brilliant, a very popular choice for engagement rigs. The more metal used to hold the diamonds, the more secure they are; the less metal used, the greater the chance for the diamond to reflect light. A four-prong setting shows a bit more diamond, while a six-prong setting offers a slight security advantage.

Your choices of variations with the prong setting traditionally range from: pointed, rounded, flat and V-shaped.

The Channel setting is most frequently used to set round diamonds and when there is no center stone – It’s a popular choice for wedding and anniversary bands. A channel diamond setting will set the stones right next to each other with no metal separating them. Channel setting protects the diamonds extremely well. None of the edges are exposed, and so they are not subject to hard knocks or general wear and tear.

The Bar setting is similar to the channel setting, it is a circular band of diamonds that holds each stone in by a long thin bar, shared between two stones. A simultaneously contemporary and classic design.

In the Cluster setting - a center stone is surrounded with smaller diamonds to create a larger ring. Cluster rings are usually multi-level, with considerable height above the hand.

The Pave settinghas tiny diamonds placed in small holes that have been drilled into the ring. The diamonds are placed in rows in such a way that they fill as much of the space of the surface as is possible without actual touching.

The Flush setting is one of the subtlest diamond-setting techniques. Stones are sunk into the mounting until they are nearly level or flush with the surface. Only the table of the stone and a bit of the upper pavilion facets show.

With a the Bezel setting a rim holds the stone and completely surrounds the gem in a collar of precious metal that wraps around the diamond. The bezel is attached to the top of the ring and stands up above it, adding height and another dimension to the setting. Bezels can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone.

Less known diamond settings.

In the Gypsy setting the band is one continuous piece that gets thicker at the top. The top is shaped like a dome and the stone is inserted in the middle.

The Flat top setting is like the gypsy setting. It has a band that grows broader at the top so that a faceted stone can be inserted into the ring. The stone is held in place by metal chips attached at the stone's girdle.

A tension-set diamond is held in place by the pressure of the band's metal, which is designed to "squeeze" the stone.

In the Illusion setting the metal that surrounds the stone usually has a special design and makes the diamond appear larger. One of the more complicated diamond setting.


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