Settings – the Foundation for Fine Jewellery Design

by Rasvihar on May 20, 2013

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.


Pave setting

Think cobble stoned pavements and you’ll know what this setting is about. The Big Three of gemstones – diamonds, rubies and emeralds – are especially suited for this setting. Numerous tiny stones are closely set to form a shimmering crust that virtually covers the metal beneath.

The clustered ruby stones in these jhumkis continues the theme of  jeweled splendor and its gently rounded facets adds flower like charm to this unique piece.

In these Navratna Jhumki’s, the ‘crusty’ pave setting on the upper halves reveals the beauty of each colour.

The attraction of a pave setting is two fold. It enhances the brilliance of stones; also, the small size of the stones lowers their price.


Channel Setting

As the name implies, channel setting involves placing stones adjacent to each other within long, parallel bars of metal. With clean, unblemished lines, channel settings are especially effective with contemporary style jewellery.

This setting, introduced in the 1980s, is an ideally secure setting for expensive stones. It safeguards the girdles of diamonds from chipping; their edges remain protected all around and immune from unintentional knocks.

The channel setting in this blue sapphire bangle gives a smart and contemporary look.

Bar channel settings – a variation on the same theme – have small strips of metal showing between stones.

Here, each stone appears to ‘float’, suspended between the channels, an effect that is particularly entrancing with ‘cool’ coloured stones like these blue sapphires.


Bezel Setting

The bezel is an ancient gemstone setting method.  A metal strip is manipulated to precisely match the dimensions of a stone and then soldered onto the jewellery. The stone is then inserted into the bezel, which is firmly pressed against the stone. When finished, the setting neatly embraces the stone, safeguarding its central girdle and bottom from chipping and scratching.

This pretty Palki series earring in a bezel setting has emerald and pearls in a classic design to fit the royalty.

Pearl and Diamonds a contemporary combination of bezel setting earstuds suits women of all ages.




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chinthanagopinath June 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

De Madame,
Can you e-mail the price of the bezel setting earrings shown in the picture above?
With Regards,
Chinthana Gopinath.


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