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10 Different Types Of Stone Setting

Updated: Sep 28


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If you are creating/designing/choosing a piece of jewellery, whether it is a ring, pendant or pair of earrings with a diamond or coloured gemstone, you need to choose the right type of setting. That is why in this post, we have listed 10 of the most popular types and styles of settings that you can choose.



CLAW/PRONG SETTING


Claw (they are called prongs in North America) setting is one of the most popular choice of setting. This is because the setting really helps to show off the stone as the open sides let light into the back of the stone and the claws do not cover much of the top of the stone.

There are also quite a few options when it comes to the design aspects. You can go for round or square claws or for stones with pointed corners (Princess, Pear etc), you can go for V shaped claws.

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You can also change the amount of claws that you have on your setting, you could keep it traditional a go for a 4 claw, like the one pictured. Or you can go for a six, eight or ten+ claws, depending on the size and shape of the stone.

Claw setting are usually very durable when done properly and taken care of, however the claws can occasionally get caught on clothing which can cause the claws to bend. It is also worth having the claws re-tightened every few years to make sure that they are gripping the stone properly.



BEZEL/RUB-OVER SETTING


Bezel setting (sometimes called rub-over setting) are one of the most secure settings you can choose as the stone is held in place by metal that has been pushed over the stone.

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Bezels also adds some more protection to the stone, which makes it a very good option for softer stones such as Emerald, Tanzanite and Opal.

This means that stones set using this method are far less likely to fall out but one of the downsides, is that due to the nature of the setting, not much light is let in under the stone which can make coloured gemstones look darker or diamonds look a bit lifeless. A popular choice of setting style for cabochons, whether traditional or freeform cut but also a great choice for faceted gemstones and diamonds.


TRILOGY SETTING


The trilogy setting is a very popular style of setting, especially for engagement rings. Just ask Meghan Markle!

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This style of setting can be personalised in many different ways such as:
  • Three stones of the same size and shape

  • Three stone of different shapes

  • Large centre stone with smaller outers of the same shape

  • Large centre stone with different shape outers

This makes it much easier to have a custom piece as it all depends on the size, shape & type of stones you use in the piece.

When it comes to the actual type of setting that will be used, you can choose either of the two mentioned above and once again, you can mix and match to suit your taste. For example, you could have bezel set outer stones and a claw set centre one.



CLUSTER SETTING


The cluster setting is a traditional and timeless style that was made very popular in the 1980’s and the late 2000’s as this was the style of engagement ring worn by Princess Diana and The Duchess of Cambridge.

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