Jewellered ring setting type’s
There are a number of basic ring settings to choose from, these are the classic settings. Your imagination is the limit however and there is no requirement to choose a standard setting, as beautiful as they are. Click the images for more information.
A Solitaire setting is timeless and popular, with the diamond being held in four, six or more prongs or claws. The prongs or claw setting is a great way to show off the maximum brilliance of your diamond. When setting a diamond into the basket that holds the stone each post will be cut with a groove that will help clamp down and secure the diamond into the setting. A beading tool is then used to round of the edges of the posts onto the diamond to give the post its soft rounded look.
Pave’ setting is when you have rows of diamonds set next to each other. Tiny holes are drilled into the metal then the individual diamonds are seated into the metal and held down by the tiny posts. These individual posts holding down the diamonds are beaded on the ends giving your ring a soft look and feel.
Pave’ ring setting is a fantastic way to bring more life and brilliance to your ring. Say you have a single diamond set in a ring and you run diamonds down the sides of the band on either side of your main diamond, this would add a lot of fire and bling to your ring.
The Side stone setting
The side stone ring setting will have a centre diamond with two or more smaller diamonds set on either side of the centre diamond. For instance you could use a round or marquise diamond for the centre stone and then round or square diamonds on the sides of the centre diamond.
On a side stone setting using diamonds or even semi-precious stones adds brilliance and colour to the ring. Setting three stones of the same size next to each other also looks quite spectacular.
Here is another example with square diamonds.
The Split Prong
The split prong setting is similar to the pave’ setting where you have a row of diamonds set next to each other. Every diamond is set into its own hole but there is an individual prong that holds each diamond. The prong starts of as an individual prong then is split into two prongs that hold onto the diamonds.
This would give the prongs a soft and eloquent feel to them.
On this type of setting there are three types of diamonds that could be used in the setting example: rounds, squares or rectangular diamonds called baguettes.
The process of setting a diamond is first of all a channel is opened up down into the metal in a straight line Then a groove is cut into the inside of the walls of the metal. The diamonds are then clipped into place and the metal is hammered over the edges of the diamond thus clamping and securing them in place. This also leaves the diamonds with a lot of bling and the table of the diamonds are left level to the plain of gold on the ring.
Looking at a channel setting there is nothing to protrude from the surface of the metal to catch or hook on clothes. You might find with prong settings that there is a possibility it might catch on a piece of clothing.
In this setting a centre diamond will be encircled by a row or more of diamonds. The diamonds that surround the centre diamond give the whole setting life and brilliance and a whole lot of bling. When this type of setting is looked at it will give the illusion of a bigger diamond with all the sparkle.
Another idea is to add different coloured stones. You could use a row of blue sapphire then diamond and end it off with blue sapphire again.
The Tension ring
In the tension ring setting, the centre diamond is held by a groove that is cut into the inner walls of the metal and then the diamond is clamped into the metal. The belly of the diamond is seated and secured by resting on a link which is a solid round metal circle that fits under the belly of the diamond.
With the diamond clamped between the metal strips and resting on the link this makes the stone secure and safe.
On a setting like this I would recommend that you have the tightness of the diamond checked at least once a year.
The tube setting is cylindrical in shape and looks like a hollow pipe. This setting is set in the same way a gypsy setting would be done. A groove would be cut into the inner wall of the hole in the pipe and the diamond would be clamped into the hole, clipping into the groove that has been made. Then the metal is hammered round the edge of the diamond making it secure. Once the diamond has been set it is given a bright cut removing a slither of gold that was hammered over the edge of the diamond, giving the gold on and round the diamond a high or bright finish. By doing this it gives the illusion that the diamond is bigger than it is.
The Organic style ring
An organic style ring is inspired by nature. The twisting of “branches” and “leaves” around the diamonds give the ring a dynamic and pleasing flow.