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Stone setting

There are many different methods of setting stones in jewelry. Here are the most common and widely used.

Prong setting is the most traditional and classic type of setting that is seen in jewelry. It is quite simple in method and design, yet a good setter holds a unique role in the finishing touches of jewelry. Setting a stone at just the right height, completely straight, centered and secure is not an easy task. A good setter is a rare craftsman.
A double prong setting is usually reserved for very large stones that require extra security and support. A double prong setting is sometimes requested as a special order. It is used even for smaller stones on occasion, as it lends to a unique look.

A channel setting is done without prongs; rather, metal borders two parallel edges of the stone. This is a very safe and secure way of protecting a stone in jewelry. Bezel setting involves the metal entirely surrounding the perimeter of a stone. It has a very unique look as the metal completely showcases the stone that is being set. 

Pave is a specialty setting type where small round stones (usually diamonds) are set very close together. There are many methods in creating this type of setting. This is normally done by hand with a special tool where a bead is raised and created in between pre-drilled holes. These very small beads are then used to hold the stones together in a very close and uniform way. The finished look is very clean and elegant looking.
Micro Pave is very similar to Pave except extremely small stones are used, in some cases less than 1 millimeter. This work is usually done with the aid of a microscope and sometimes with a laser tool for ultra fine finishing detail. This type of setting work is very expensive and highly labor intensive. It is the work of a specialist.

Invisible setting is one of the most difficult setting methods. In this setting, the stones are positioned in such a manner that metal is not visible in between stones, giving the appearance of an uninterrupted and continuous surface. The stones are grooved just below the girdle and then those grooved stones are slid onto metal tracks to hold them in place. Invisible setting is best suited to square, princess, emerald, baguette, and trillion cut diamonds and gemstones because the straight edges can be positioned very close to each other without leaving any space between them.