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Diamond Setting Styles

Diamond Setting Styles Explained

One of the most important style factors to consider when you are selecting jewelry is the type of setting that will hold the diamonds in place. The type of setting used to hold diamonds in jewelry has a lot to do with the overall look of the jewelry once it is finished. This is why you should familiarize yourself with the various styles and their names so that you can know which is your favorite.


Pavé, also known as Bead Setting:

Round Diamonds set closely together on fine metal with raised beads to hold each diamond securely onto the piece.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: 1.0mm to 2.0mm



Micro Pavé Setting (pavé set with use of Microscope)

Usually smaller diamonds than regular pavé setting super close and meticulously set with the use of a high-powered microscope higher than 10 X magnification to create a surface of sparkling diamonds with minimal space between them.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: 0.7mm to 1.2mm



U-Pavé, also known as Scalloped Setting

Slightly larger diamonds than regular pavé setting. U pavé setting allows the diamonds to shine brighter due to the "U" shape opening on the profile of the stone allowing more light to hit the pavilion and the overall diamond.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: 1.2mm to 2.6mm



Prong Setting

Diamonds are set with solid prongs generally as part of the original setting therefore allowing a solid/strong hold on larger than pavé size diamonds/gem-stones. 

Ideal Diamond sizes used: Any size greater than 2.0mm



Shared Prong Setting

Prong setting where diamonds share a set of prongs located in between them in order to cut out excess metal allowing a surface which shows less metal than usual.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: Diamonds greater than 1.6mm



Channel Setting

A classic method of setting diamond and gemstone where each stone is surrounded on both sides by a wall of metal "Channel" and each diamond is secured on the inner walls with minimal space side by side in a straight line.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: Greater than 1.5mm



Bezel Setting

Perhaps the greatest protector of diamonds due to its wrap around characteristics the bezel setting surrounds the entire perimeter of each diamond protecting its edges/culet from damage. While being the most secure style of setting, bezel setting surrounds the diamond and may hinder the entrance of light and possibly affecting the diamonds overall sparkle and brilliance.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: greater than 3.0mm



Half-Bezel Setting

Half the fun of the full bezel setting yet still a very strong method of setting a diamond. Due to the fact that only a smaller portion of the diamond is surrounded by metal more light can enter the diamond therefore allowing a more brilliant refraction and sparkle effect.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: greater than 3.0mm



Invisible Setting

A French technique developed in the mid-1800's creating a wall of diamonds with only a 1/100th of a millimeter space between each square diamond. Truly a work of science and art attained by the finest master diamond setters.

Ideal Diamond sizes used: greater than 1.5mm



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