THE DIFFERENT SETTINGS
• The claws setting
The claw setting is the most used method because it best highlights the stone that remains uncovered. It is commonly used for solitaires. The work consists of enclosing stones between several claws. Each claw will carry the stone, then they will be folded down to hold it.
• The invisible setting
This setting technique is mainly used in jewelery on rings with calibrated stones (the princess cut). This consists of hiding the metal. This setting is very difficult to make.
• Rail setting
Often used for diamond wedding rings, the stones are placed between two parallel grooves. It's a pretty tough crimp. The most suitable stones are square, round, oval or baguette shaped gems.
• The bezel setting
This technique consists of surrounding the stone with a sheet of metal. When the metal does not encircle the entire stone, we then speak of a half-closed setting.
• The grain setting (or pavement)
Many small stones are held by fine claws close to each other, this gives a “Pavement” effect. Tiny metal beads that look like mini claws are used.
• The mass setting
This crimping technique is done on a rounded surface. The stones are integrated into the mass of the metal.
• The barrette setting
It is a technique that allows several stones to be set next to each other between 2 metal bars. Only drawback, this type of crimping reduces the options for sizing, and in particular shrinkage, because by reducing the roundness of the ring, the bars are necessarily loosened and the stones risk falling out or no longer being well anchored. .
• The tension setting
The stone is held at its ends by the pressure of the metal. This setting gives the impression of a stone floating between the rail.
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