The wide and wonderful world of Diamond Ring settings September 4, 2014 – Posted in: Style, The World of Diamonds – Tags: bezel setting, channel setting, claw setting, cluster setting, corner setting, diamond ring settings, diamonds, micro pave setting, pave setting, rub-over setting, tension setting
Diamond Ring Settings
With people being so different all around the word and with so many people having such varying tastes, as engagement ring and wedding ring specialists we need to stock a style of ring to suit everyone’s taste. We like to be able to (try) and cater for all ladies needs and carry a very wide and very varied range of styles of rings with varying stones sizes, stone shapes, stone colours. We also stock various metals such as gold platinum and palladium. Micro details such as milgrain and filigree may also be added to almost any ring once a ring is completed or at the construction stage. There are Diamond Ring Settings for everyone.
Stones may be set in a variety of ways which we are delighted to show you at your private appointment. Such styles include pave set, scallop set, channel set etc.
Different styles and the way in which the stones are set have a major impact on how a rings looks on a finger and will effect the overall impression of the piece.
Here are a small selection of our settings and a little about the extra details.
The rub-over or bezel setting:
This beautiful setting is particularly popular with very active ladies who are hard wearing on their jewellery and would like to protect the diamond while maintain an active lifestyle. The diamond is set with a small lip of metal going all the widest point of the diamond called the girdle. This setting is smooth and will prevent the ring getting snagged or caught as a claw setting might. It is also very popular with the more brittle gemstones such as Emerald which may chip at the sides due to their softness. Even though this setting is considered to be a modern type of setting it is actually the earliest type of setting which has been found to have been used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans and Celts.
Bring out your Ancient Celt !
The claw or prong setting:
This wonderful classic traditional setting is also the most popular setting for engagement rings. The number of claws is usually four or six but can be as few as three claws/prongs and can be more unusually found in five or seven claws and as many as eight. Claws may be shaped into rounded shape, pointed shape, talon shaped.
The corner setting:
This quirky setting is a kind of hybrid between the claw setting and the rub-over/bezel setting. The corner setting is particularly popular if you have a stone such as a princess cut or marquise cut stone, which have pointed corners and which must be protected. Corner settings have the advantage that there is more security and less chance of the setting moving.
The tension setting:
The tension setting is an engagement ring where the diamond is held by the strength of the metal or pressure of the metal trying to go back to an original position but being stopped by the diamond in the way. It may give the impression in some cases that the diamond is floating. Although it is a pretty and original looking type of setting it is not advisable to go for a full tension setting i.e. nothing between the two sides of the ring except the diamond or precious stone. Full tension settings have been found to be a less secure setting and the chances although minimal of a stone falling out are increased. It is advisable if you would like to go with a tension setting to have a security “bar” or “bridge” which is a piece of metal hidden under the stone to avoid the strength of the setting being compromised due to the setting being knocked.
A cluster setting is a setting whereby a diamond is surrounded by several other diamonds bunched together to give the appearance of a much larger stone. The cost of such a cluster ring is significantly less the cost of a solitaire diamond ring of the same size. Most usually the cluster ring consists of a round brilliant diamond or an oval shape diamond that is claw/prong set and then surrounded by a cluster of several other tightly packed diamonds.
Channel setting is a traditional style of setting most usually found on eternity rings and wedding rings and on the shoulders or band of an engagement ring. The stones are held in place by being set in a channel of metal where the top side of the channel folds over to secure the stone from above. The most popular stones to be channel set are square shaped stones such as emerald cuts and baguette cut diamonds but rounds may also be set this way and even a mixture of stones have been proved to be popular. Stones which are channel set are set flush with the top of the setting which means that the stones do not protrude from over the top of the metal on the band. It must also be considered that when designing a ring if channel setting is required on the band then the band must be made thick enough to accommodate a diamond being set into it. Stacey will discuss this further in your consultation/appointment.
Flush settings are sometimes called busnish settings and have become more popular in the past few decades and have been used for placing diamonds in an almost whimsical placement of random stones wherever a jeweller wished to place a stone on a setting. It involves boring our a conical shape into a setting where you wish a diamond/gem to be set and then placing the gem into that bore hole and then using a technique to secure the diamond into the position. This type of setting frees the setter/jeweller from the constraints of prongs, claws, channels etc.
Diamonds which are Pave set are diamonds very tightly set together by little beads or grains giving the illusion of a continuous surface of diamond. The word pave comes from the French for pavement due to the fact that the diamonds look like cobblestones or pavement. Pave was traditionally used back in the Victorian era but has made a strong comeback in recent years and is found on many diamond engagement rings and diamond set wedding rings.
Micro pave is the same as pave as the name suggest only smaller again. This type of setting is very specialist and normally requires the setter to use a microscope when setting the stones correctly.