The blood red of rubies, white effulgence of diamonds and mystic glimmer of moonstone – how they captivate our senses! But how often do we look beyond their obvious allure, at the setting which holds them? In fact, a setting is to fine jewellery what a frame is to a great painting. The selection of appropriate settings is the foundation of good jewellery design for it is this element that crucially determines how well a stone’s colour, cut and clarity is displayed.
At Rasvihar, we are dedicated to crafting settings that, while enhancing the beauty of gemstones, also define the ‘personality’ of individual jewellery pieces – classic, festive, contemporary or casual, enabling a client to select items that blend with her own persona and lifestyle.
Today, let’s explore how fine settings bring value and beauty to gemstone jewellery. In our previous blog we have explained 3 types of settings namely the Pave setting, Channel Setting and the Bezel Setting. In the below blog you can get to know details about the other two settings in jewellery.
The flush is a modified bezel setting, the primary difference being that the stone’s surface is level with the surrounding metal. Flush settings work remarkably well for small stones – think tiny, sparkling diamonds on a gold base!
A ‘seat’ is cut into the metal base and the stone embedded so as to be flush with the setting. Flush settings create a refined effect where the surrounding precious metal receives equal prominent to the stones. The flush setting here has a subtle matte finish in order to highlight the central ruby.
Prong or ‘claw’ settings are comprised of three or more fine metal lengths that form a basket-shaped base for the gemstone to rest on. The tips of the prongs are then curved to arch above the gem, coming to rest on its crown and securing it firmly.
Prong settings are popular with designers and clients as crafting them consumes less time and material than other, more intricate settings, translating into lower costs.
The delicate, open setting allows light to pass through the gemstone, maximizing its faceted brilliance; it also enables easy cleaning of the stone.