Guide To Different Gemstone Settings

With over a hundred gemstone groups to choose from and thousands of colours to pick, there is only one thing that comes to rescue when you are looking for an immaculate personalized item for collection. Simple gem settings like halo, paves and prongs have been in the gemstone market for centuries and still continue to rule. If you are looking for an engagement ring or a ring for men, you should be able to identify and distinguish between different gem setting types available in the market.
Here is how different gems are set in distinctive pieces of beauty and grace.

  • Prongs and Solitaire settings

This is the engagement ring gem setting preferred for a single stone encrusted or fixed on a metal band or ring. Prong setting for diamonds, rubies, amethyst, garnet, sapphires and topaz is very common as it folds the single stone in place tightly without using too much metal.
Prongs are claw-like holders that can be further classified as:

  • Pointed prongs
  • V-shaped
  • Flat
  • Hooked

V-shaped prong gem setting features exclusively in princess-cut solitaires. It allows more light to pass through the gemstone, magnifying the radiance and brilliance many times over.

  • The Tiffany

The Tiffany gem setting model was conceived by the famous gem makers, Tiffany & Co. in 1886. It is a special type of six-prong gem setting that features a discrete knife-like edge over the shaft and the prongs. It is a patented gem setting exclusively to the brand.
Bezel Setting
Bezel setting for gems is undoubtedly the most preferred look for modern day buyers, especially those who are looking for light coloured stones. It is easy to handle and gives sturdy protection to delicate gemstone settings. The metal rim encircles the gemstone from all sides, and secures it tightly. The rim prevents the rock from three things:

  • Deposition of dirt
  • Scratches due to uneven setting
  • Unsettling of the stone even in thinnest of rim
  • Tension Setting

Tension setting is used for the gemstone when the craftsman wishes to give it a suspended look. The gem rests on the metal band as if it were suspended across the two faces of the shank. It is achieved through lasers and is a high-precision gem setting technique. The band usually has thin grooves so that the gemstone is tightly secured at its place due to the tension of the metal band.
It is comparatively cheap despite its elaborate and complex setting style. It can be used as an added feature even with regular gem setting looks like bezel and pronged ones.

  • Channel Setting 

Channel setting is done for smaller and thinly cut gemstones. It is often done to secure smaller gems set on a band in series. It is very similar to what a flush setting looks like. The gems like rubies, diamonds and topaz are set closely together over the grooves on the channel. Popular styles like stacks and bands are used for thin gemstones as they can’t be set in prongs and bezels.