Ring setting is a way to craft a stone or diamond with metal. There are many kinds of stone settings and are used extensively into jewellery designing sector. Each setting produces a different appearance and can be combined with other settings to make eye-catching appearance. Here is a list of some popular types of ring settings.
Initially discovered in 1886, prong setting is much popular to create solitaire rings. In this setting, the stone is set in a metal basket secured by two or more prongs (or claws). Mostly three prong or four prong settings are preferred by the jewellery designers. Prong setting increases gemstone’s or diamond’s sparkling light effect plus it also offers convenience to clean the stone. However, prong setting has one disadvantage i.e. it is caught on clothing or hair easily resulting in damaging prong setting as well as losing the diamond.
Before introducing prong setting, bezel setting was first choice of all due to it provides durability and excellent protection to the stone. Bezel setting covers the stone surrounding its circumference giving a bigger look to the stone and ring. Apart this, bezel setting comes with a smooth surface which does not hook on clothes hence it is preferred over prong setting if the stone, which makes it more precious than prong setting.
Bar setting can be defined as a fusion of bezel setting and prong setting as the ring’s prongs on each of the setting are crafted into elongated bards to hold the stone. Usually it is used for multiple stones setting to create an attractive look.
Comparatively new introduced invisible setting is a superb alternate to enhance stone’s beauty. In invisible setting, a stone is infused to the ring without any direct visible support but a constant arrangement for the stone to protect it. This setting is used to highlight diamonds rather than the ring metal.
Pave setting is quite similar to prong setting but is used while multiple diamonds or gemstones are involved in the setting. Pave setting covers the entire ring surface with diamonds secured by many thin prongs. As the ring or jewellery contains more diamonds, obviously it is costly than other rings.
A cluster setting design represents a set of multiple diamonds or gemstones. Usually cluster setting is used to figure some design on a ring like a flower, bird, star and so on. Apart this, cluster setting is also used to produce a larger gem appearance using many small semi-precious stones.
Looking like a extended bezel setting, channel setting accents multiple stones in a linear series in a ring. In channel setting, many diamonds (of similar size and shape) are linked in a channel inset with a narrow strip of metal to hold the stones meanwhile it does not use prongs or bar between stones to hold them. Despite it’s safe, it veils individual stone’s beauty.
Flush setting uses a tapered hole to hold stone in the ring supported by metal surrounding on the stone circumference. Through this way, the diamond is secured producing a nice looking, smooth and sleek presence to enhance diamond’s beauty.