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Diamonds are delicate and elegant; they are equally fragile. As much as these precious stones require extreme care, they also need a string setting in place that perfectly fits them with the jewellery item in question. A diamond ring can only be a stunning stone ring if the precious rock stays in place for years and years without falling.
Hence, the knowledge of different diamond setting is essential for a consumer to help decide on which set they want for their diamond jewellery. Not all of the settings could be used in every jewellery type. A ring with a studded diamond would require a different set than a diamond necklace. However, in case you landed on this guide first, we suggest that you read the guide on buying diamond jewellery and solitaire diamond ring setting to start with this topic.
Diamonds are not just fixed in rings. They come in pendants, necklaces, earrings, and even nose pins, and such different types of jewellery items require different diamond settings. Here are all the popular diamond settings used in different diamond accessories:
Imagine an animal claw clutching to a stone; this is how prongs hold the diamond stones. They are like metal claws that tightly grip the diamond rocks from four sides (left, right, up, and bottom). But there also comes 6-claws prongs that have tiny metal hands gripping the diamond from six sides. This type of diamond setting helps in exposing the maximum surface of the diamond to the light, thus resulting in brilliant and reflective diamond jewellery.
When prongs are shared by two diamond stones, they are called as shared prongs. These claws are set between two diamond stones where a pair of prongs hold both the diamond rocks. Usually, the prong setting is used in solitaire rings but shared prongs settings are used in diamond rings with more than one diamond. Even shared prong setting covers the minimum surface of the diamond, resulting in maximum light being reflected from the stone, which gives it a brilliant and elegant aesthetic appeal.
Pave setting is used for holding smaller diamond rocks together that often run across the surface of the jewellery. If your diamond necklace has several tiny diamond stones running across the necklace surface, Pave setting is the right choice for such jewellery.
The bezel is similar to prongs in the way they hold the precious stone, but they are different otherwise. Bezel setting surrounds the diamond stone’s edges. It is like a small bowl, and the diamond sits within it. Bezel setting types are generally used for round cut diamonds as they perfectly fit the shape. But they can also be used for another diamond cut, only the surrounding metal need to be of the same shape.
When a bezel set covers the half of a diamond stone, it is called as half-bezel. Instead of running around the entire diamond surface, half-bezel runs only along a portion of the stone. For instance, a half-bezel setting holds a left and right portion of the diamond stone, leaving the top and bottom bare.
A channel setting keeps the diamond firmly secure in place by holding it from either side using vertical metal walls. It is a modern diamond jewellery set that nestles the stone side by side with no metal placed in between.
In this set types, diamonds share the vertical metals walls. It is more secure than the single-channel setting as diamonds or gemstones secured by bar channel setting are kept in between two vertical metal walls on either side of each diamond.
Besides the diamond sets discussed in this guide, there are many other diamond setting types, such as Halo setting and Tension diamond set that keeps the diamond stone fixed to the jewellery type. We’ve discussed all these setting types in our solitaire guide. While the guide talks about solitaire ring settings, they can also be used for different jewellery items.
There’s never a definite answer. While some diamond (depending upon their shape) need prong setting, others might need more cover and require bezel setting. Moreover, different diamond jewellery items would need a different diamond setting based on the number of diamonds used in the jewellery and the style of the accessory.
Since the answer is indefinite, we suggest that you always ask your jeweller or retailer about the diamond setting they use. Confirm all the details you have about diamond setting with your jewellery retailer before finalizing on your purchase.
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