Settings & Finishing Guide - Introduction to Settings

Stone Setting is an art of securely attaching or fixing a gemstone into jewelry with an aim to display maximum beauty of a stone. Each and every piece of jewelry that contains a gemstone has a setting and this setting plays an important role in enhancing the charisma of a jewelry piece. The oldest method of attaching gemstones to jewelry was bezel setting. But in recent times, jewelry designers have developed various other fascinating methods of stone setting. The most commonly used setting methods include prong setting, bezel setting, channel setting, pave setting, tension setting etc.

Objectives of Stone Setting

  • Beauty Enhancement - One of the main objectives of a stone setting is to enhance the beauty and brilliance of gemstones and improve the appearance of metal designs. Stone setting should allow maximum light to reflect from various angles, which is entering in a gemstone. In most cases, prong setting is considered the best suitable for showing the brilliance of a gemstone as it allows optimal amount of light to pass through the gemstone.
  • Safety of a Gemstone - Setting should also protect gemstones against any loss or damage due to wear and tear. Setting must hold a gemstone firmly and securely so that there should not be any chance of loosing a gemstone from its grip. As well as, stone settings should provide safety to gemstones from any harm or scratches due to any blow or calamity. Bezel setting is considered the safest setting style for a gemstone, especially if the surface of the gemstone is below the surface of the bezel or metal.
  • User Friendly - Setting should also be user friendly as well as safe for other objects. Stone setting must provide comfort and soothe to its wearer and should not have sharp edges which can damage other objects like skin, cloths etc.
  • Cover up the Stone’s Weaknesses - Setting should hide or cover up the weaknesses, if any, of a gemstone. Weaknesses like blemishes / inclusions in stone, improper cut etc. deteriorate stone and jewelry’s value and a setting style should try to cover up these imperfections as much as possible.