Stone Setting Styles
The second row shows two types of bezel and tab settings. A bezel means that metal goes all the way around the stone. This is the most secure type of setting. The partial or semi bezel cuts about half of the metal from opposing sides to better show off the stone. This is often a great idea for gemstones to help let more light into the stone. The last is a tab or bar setting. This is typically a straight line of metal that holds in a stone, similarly to a bezel. Where there are multiple of these settings in a row, it is called a channel setting.
The third row are alternative prong-like settings. The first is a bright cut. the edges of the surrounding metal are given a high polish to make the stone appear larger. The stone is also set lower to better protect the stone. The center setting is a diamond accented setting, similar to the basket setting. The bezel set accent stone adds support to the setting, as well as adding a bit more bling to the profile of the ring. The far right setting is an illusion setting. Similarly to the bright cut setting, this setting is made to make smaller stones look larger than they are. These are often found in antique rings.
On the last row, you will see another example or a channel set ring. In this case, it can also be called a tension setring. Many tension set rings don't have any metal under the center stone and are held in by the two opposing sides of the shank, and you guessed it, tension. White gold is ideal for tension settings. A trellis ring is composed of swooping and overlapping wires that make up a "trellis". This designs is most often used in three-stone settings.
Next is a bead set ring. This has rails similar to a channel set, but they are typically thinner and sometimes accented with a milgrain beaded edge. The rails in this setting do not hold the stones in, but rather then "beads" in between the stones. One bead will sometimes hold in up to two stones.
A scalloped setting uses shared prongs, like the bead setting, but without the rails. The area under the stones are scooped out to allow for cleaning and more light to enter the stones.
Get ready for this one, it has a funny name, but very descriptive once you take a look at the style. This one is called a fishtail setting. The metal that is cut away for setting the stones leaves a "fishtail" look from the profile. Each side of the "tail" is used to hold in a stone.
Many people confuse bead setting with pave. They are the same concept, but pave setting means there are multiple rows of bead setting. One bead holds three stones in at once! This is the best way to get ultimate sparkle for your
This next style holds the stones in the exact same way as bead or surface prongs, but with a different profile look. Shared prongs are composed of under bezels (metal the same shape as the stone on top for the stone to sit on). and prongs, which extend all the way to the finger.
Tab or bar setting, is like we took a channel setting and turned each stone 90 degrees. Each stone is held in by straight tabs or bars on either side of the stone.
This type of setting we saw previously is called bezel setting. The metal goes all the way around the center stone.
Lastly, we have flush or gypsy setting. This setting style has not bezel or prongs, but instead the stones are buried into the metal and held in by the surrounding area. Typically this type of setting is for smaller stones.