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If you're interested in purchasing a new or custom piece of jewelry, it helps to learn about processes like stone setting and remounting. Knowing your unique needs can also help you determine if a service like this is most suitable for you. Learn more about stone setting and remounting, why you might need it for your jewelry, and the various stone settings available.
What Is Stone Setting and Remounting?
Stone setting refers to attaching a gemstone to a piece of jewelry. For example, when creating an engagement ring, a jeweler often sets a diamond into it. Even though setting a stone secures it in place, it's still possible for the stone to get damaged. This can commonly happen to jewelry pieces such as bracelets or rings, which come into contact with various objects throughout the day and eventually become loose. When damage occurs or the stone is no longer secure, the stone needs remounting. This refers to the reattachment of a gemstone to a piece of jewelry.
Why Do You Need Stone Setting and Remounting Services?
There are several reasons you might need to set or remount a stone. A stone setting service helps you create a new piece of jewelry, whereas a remounting service helps you repair a piece of jewelry or update it to give it a more modern or unique style. You can also use a remounting service to merge pieces of jewelry together. The latter is useful if you want to create a new piece of jewelry from two or more other pieces for sentimental reasons. This allows you to preserve the various items and create a new one altogether.
Types of Stone Settings
Whether you're in the market for an engagement ring or a bracelet, it's important to understand the various stone settings available. Each set uses a different technique to make a jewelry item that is truly unique. Here are some common stone settings to consider:
In a bezel setting, the jeweler folds metal over a gemstone or diamond to hold it in place. The stone itself is deeply set inside of the mounting. A variant of this setting is the half bezel. With this stone setting, the jeweler doesn't completely cover the stone's girdle.
Also known as a claw setting, a prong stone setting keeps a gemstone front and center. As opposed to bezel setting, there's more of the stone to show. With this stone setting, small prongs wrap around the gemstone and hold it in place.
This setting typically features four prongs, and in some cases, the back of the stone is still visible. You can use this setting for a variety of gemstone styles and sizes. Individually featured gems often use this stone setting technique. If you opt for this setting, it's important to check it regularly to prevent accidental damage or losing the stone entirely.
In a flush setting, jewelers place stones directly into the jewelry piece. For example, instead of a diamond sitting on top of an engagement ring, a gemstone is placed into the band with only the top of the stone visible. Also known as a gypsy stone setting, a flush setting creates a simple and streamlined look.
Pavé comes from the French word meaning "paved" or "cobblestone." In this setting, a piece of jewelry has stones set together in a tight, patterned arrangement. With this setting, the stone's reflective properties are more visible. Typically, you use a pavé setting in combination with other stone settings. Similar to the pavé setting is the micro setting, which refers to the setting of tiny gemstones or diamonds through the use of a microscope.
Another variant of the pavé setting is the scalloped pavé setting, in which metal beads have small, U-shaped cut-outs that create a scalloped appearance. This allows for easier cleaning, light, and a sophisticated look. A variant of the scalloped setting is the simple fishtail stone setting. In this technique, diamonds or gemstones are set snugly inside a ring. When viewed from the side, the prongs create a fishtail appearance.
In this setting, two metal bars or strips suspend a stone set into a channel. The stone is set into the channel securely without the use of prongs. You can commonly see this type of stone setting in wedding bands and tennis bracelets.
In a bar setting, a diamond or gemstone is set between two bars. The stone is nested into the metal's grooves and the metal overlaps the stone. This setting is similar to the channel stone setting.
This stone setting is unique in that it uses pressure to hold stones together. For example, if you have a ring with a large stone and smaller stones surrounding it, the pressure of all the stones keeps them securely in place.
In a tension setting, a spring-loaded metal setting places pressure on a gemstone. Though the gemstone looks as if it's suspended midair within a ring's band, the metal holds it in place.
In an Invisible stone setting, you can't see the mounting of the stone. Jewelry with this stone setting appears to hold a set of floating gemstones. Therefore, it looks like the stones are held by virtually nothing.
This stone setting is often used to make smaller stones appear larger than they really are. A metal ring surrounds a stone's girdle, which causes the stone to appear bigger.
In a partial stone setting, the stone isn't completely surrounded. Because of this, a partial stone setting lets a diamond or gemstone show off its various angles and sides.
An inlay setting features stones placed into metal like a puzzle. For this stone setting to work, the stones need to be cut in the appropriate shapes to fit into the metal piece you're using.