Stone setting is an important part of jewelry making. It is the stage in which the gemstones are attached in a metal casting. Stone settings are done in such a way that the gemstones held securely as well as the brilliance should be enhanced by showing its clarity, cut, and color. Several methods are used for stone setting and some of them are described below: –
Prong Or Claw Setting
There are many methods for setting a stone in jewelry and a prong or claw setting is the most popular type of stone setting. It is the most popular method for a single stone setting. A claw setting may consist of 4 or 6 claws, depending on the shape and size of the stone used. The claws do not cover much of the top area of stone and hence the light can reflect easily from the stone, due to which the brilliance is not affected.
There are few design aspects for setting prongs such as round or square claws; you can go for V-shaped claws for stones with pointed corners.
It is one of the most stable and secure types of stone setting. The stone is held in place by the metal that encases the edge of the stone. This stone setting is best for softer stones such as Opal, Emerald, and Tanzanite as it gives more protection. In this setting, the light does not pass through because the down area of stone is covered with metal which makes colored stones look darker and diamonds look a bit dull.
Bezel settings are more durable, hence best suited for an active lifestyle and considered for men. It is generally used for the jewelry pieces such as necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.
When the diamond is held in place by the pressure of the metal into the sides of the diamond, then the setting is called tension. The stone seems to be suspended in the mid-air in the piece and visually it gives a great appearance to the jewelry piece. This setting permits maximum light to pass through the stone.
The tension settings keep the stone in place but with regular use of the jewelry piece, the metal starts to wear out which results in the stone falling out. therefore, this style of jewelry pieces doesn’t mean to wear daily.
In this type of stone setting, the stone is set in the metal using gravers (also called burins). A hole is drilled on the metal surface which creates a concave depression. The stone is then inserted into the depression and a piece of metal is poured over the edge of the stone with the help of gravers. Bead setting is mostly used in the sequencing of small diamonds in continuous rows.
It is a traditional style of stone setting and popular for creating a sparkling look. This style of setting is common for diamond wedding bands as it gives an extremely beautiful look and attracts attention.
When the small stones are set side-by-side making a strap is held in between two parallel tracks on each metal wall. In most channel settings, a small amount of metal is extended slightly over the edge of the diamonds to keep them secure. This makes the stones safe from hard knocks or wear and tear.
Channel setting gives sparkle to your jewelry piece as there are no prongs that also make the piece stylish. The rings with channel settings draw more attention than other types of settings.
If you are going to choose a piece of jewelry, it’s necessary to think about the stone setting. There are different types of settings that give different styles and practical aspects to the jewelry pieces. The brilliance and protection of the gemstones are dependent on the type of setting so, make sure to go through the stone settings before purchasing your gemstone jewelry piece.