RING SETTING GUIDE | MEDUSA JEWELS
A bezel is a type of setting in which a vertical rim of metal snuggly surrounds a gemstone to securely hold it in place.
The bezel setting was one of the earliest methods of setting gemstones into jewelry.
Today, many beautiful and modern designs make use of this type of setting.
With the bezel set, the diamond is more secure and better protected from accidental rubbing or blows. The diamond is also less likely to scratch something it comes in contact with.
A bridge set ring has his diamond (or diamonds) set in an arched setting, usually east to west. Sometimes the setting is raised above the basic ring. the name derives from the bridge shape of the setting.
Channel set rings feature accent gemstones, which are small diamonds or other gemstones incorporated into a ring to add a touch of sparkle and glamour. In a channel set ring, diamond accents are placed in a “channel” formed by two strips of precious metal. Grooves on both walls hold the diamonds securely in place. When round diamonds are channel set, triangular-shaped spaces usually appear in the corners between the stones, creating a distinctive, captivating look.
In a cluster setting, smaller diamonds are set closely together to resemble a larger diamond. A cluster ring can contain a large center stone or a group of stones of equal size. The diamonds in a cluster ring often form a geometric shape like a square or a unique design like a flower or starburst.
An invisible setting is a mounting that holds the stones in a ring so that the setting itself is not prominent. Whereas in a regular setting you can see prongs or bezels, the gemstones in an invisible setting look as if they were held by nothing.
Pavé (pronounced “pa-vey”) is a setting that consists of a lot of small gemstones attached to the jewelry by droplets of metal. As a result, the surface of the piece with such a setting looks like it has been paved with diamonds or other stones. The word “pavé” comes from French and means “paved” (also “pavement”).
Prong setting or prong mount refers to the use of metal projections or tines, called prongs, to secure a gemstone to a piece of jewelry. A prong setting is one component of what is known to jewelers as a head, a claw-shaped type of binding (typically 3, 4, or 6 individual prongs per head) that is welded or soldered to a jewelry item in order to mount (or set) a gemstone to the jewelry item. A common setting for diamond engagement rings, the prong setting allows light to strike a gemstone from more angles, increasing its brilliance.