Thursday, March 8, 2012

7 Different Types of Jewelry Settings

When looking at a piece of jewelry that you may be interested in purchasing, it it important to note the setting the jeweler has used to create the piece. By doing so, it will help you if the piece ever needs to be repaired as well as the maintenance needed. To help you understand the terms the jewelry industry uses for jewelry settings, here is a list of seven common settings you will most likely see.

Pave Setting: This type of setting is typically used when a jeweler is dealing with very small stones and those stones are set very closely together so that you mainly see a large cluster of small stones.

Tiffany Setting: You see this setting the most in rings and stud earrings. This setting uses 6 prongs to hold the gemstone in place.

Prong Setting: Is when metal prongs clamp down and hold onto the gemstone in a piece of jewelry (usually 4 or 6 prongs per gemstone).

Peg Setting: This type of setting is usually seen in pearl or gemstone bead shape jewelry. A peg setting is where a hold is drilled into a pearl or gemstone bead and a pin is inserted into place to secure it.

Channel Setting: This type of setting is used when the jeweler want to set stones into a piece of jewelry between two metal channels.

Invisible Setting: This type of setting is used when a jeweler doesn't want any metal to surround the stone (in regards to the stone's setting) so gemstones are cut in a way that they fit together which holds them into place.

Cluster Setting:  This type of setting is used when a jeweler wants to set a bunch of smaller stones together in one piece of jewelry and in this setting all gemstones are placed close together.

Each setting is unique, do you have a favorite?

by Gregg Nosaji, Contributing Editor for, online retailer of jewelry boxes, jewelry armoires and jewelry related gifts. Gregg is an event consultant and writes about gift ideas and special occasions.

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