Updated: Sep 28
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 (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.
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 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.
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.
The trilogy setting is a very popular style of setting, especially for engagement rings. Just ask Meghan Markle!
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