Ring setting guide

A setting refers to the way in which a stone is held in place within a ring. The best types of settings are those that secure your sparkler whilst maximising the entr of light into the diamond.

Claw

Also known as prong, four to six metal claws are used to hold the stone in place. Claws can be thick or thin and are an excellent way to show off a diamond because they allow the entire gem to be seena nd maximum light to shine through.

Bezel

A bezel-set diamond is completely surrounded by a border of metal, framing the stone from the outside edge. The bezel is highly protective of the diamond's girdle and more suitable for hard daily wear than more exposed settings.

Channel

A neat method of setting a collection of smaller diamonds into the band of the ring, creating a uniform flow of the sparkle. Two metal support strips are also set flush with the stones, providing a smooth all-over surface that won't catch or snag.

Bar

A variation of the cannel setting in which diamonds are held in place by tiny metal bars running perpendicular to the rings band. Bar setting protect the girdle of the stone but leave the top and bottom exposed to allow more light to enter.

Flush

This setting generally involves a prominent centre stone with smaller diamonds embedded into the band (flush set) on either side.

Tension

Contemporary in ring design, the stone appears to float. Instead of claws the entire ring acts as one large spring, holding the diamond in place and creating an unobstructed view of the stone. It allows maximum viewing, but is not as secure and should be regularly checked.

Pave

Tiny metal beads hold each stone in its own setting, literally paving the metal with small diamonds. Stones are cobbled intot the surface of the ring band through a combination of tapered holes and/or tiny claws to hold the stones in place.

Invisible

A variation on the bar setting, diamonds in an invisible setting are placed sto tightly together no metal shows between them. The stones are actually cut to interlock with each other in a dazzling array of uniformity.

Semi-mounting

If you already have a stone, semi-mounting is a great option. Semimounting can be purchased ready-made with space for your stone.

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