Master jewellers use multiple setting techniques to secure the gems in gold or silver. The setting can enhance the beauty of a diamond or ruin it altogether, so you need to pay lots of attention to settings. When the piece of jewellery is the engagement ring, you have to know that 10% of the price of the ring is given by the setting. This is also valid for other diamond jewellery, so here is a guide on setting types, which is going to surprise you.
One or three pieces – shopping for your love
When you are shopping for a mounting, which is the jewellery shape without the diamond in place, you need to take into account other pieces of jewellery. You may want to offer your special one a complete set of diamond earrings and diamond ring or buy the entire wedding attire in terms of jewellery: the engagement ring and the two wedding bands. Depending on this factor, you can think on how to match or stack the pieces and how frequently they will be worn.
Match the jewellery with your budget
Shopping for an engagement ring or a set of jewellery is not meant to drain your pockets. Before you go out and search for a piece, set your maximum budget and stick to it. If you have a small budget for this type of items, you can pick a single engagement ring with one small stone, and then add matching pieces to it, when your budget increases. The initial ring can be then accompanied by diamond earrings, diamond pendants or bracelets.
Another way to enhance the first investment is to add more diamonds to it, when you afford this adjustment. Of course, the setting must allow these tweaks, so always make sure you speak up your intentions to the jeweller.
The Prong setting
This is the most common type of diamond setting; the stone is being kept in place by three to six metal “claws”. This type of setting is the one seen at classic engagement rings, but it’s also used at diamond earrings or other types of jewellery. The prongs can be shaped in many ways, from flat to round and pointed or V-shaped. The bottom of the stone is being held into a special indent in the metal, called “basket”. The few prongs, the better the view on the stone, but for safety you want more “claws”. However, small stones go best with fewer prongs.
The bezel setting is common in rings, opposed to the more versatile prong, which can be used on diamond earrings as well. A metal rim surrounds the stone, protecting it from being nicked and securing it to the ring. When you pick this setting you need to be aware the metal colour is going to alter the diamond colour.
Channel and bar channel settings
These settings are popular for wedding bands and complex diamond pendants. The channel setting simply secures the diamond row with two metal channels for a part or the entire ring. There could be one or two stone rows, without any metal between them.
The bar channel is a variation of the previous setting where the diamonds are secured in place with two vertical metal walls on both sides. With these methods, round stones are easier to set, thus you can notice a difference in costs.
Pave, the French-inspired setting
The word pave comes from French and it means paved, which is about how the stones are being secured in place. Three or more rows of small stones are fitted into their basket, and then surrounded in place with metal. The result is a nice “pavement” of tiny stones and colour-matching metal: silver or platinum.