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How Diamonds are Secured into Jewelry

May 15th, 2024

A stunning diamond ring with several marquise cut diamonds surrounding an oval cut center stone, all secured with prong settings.

When you fall in love with a diamond ring, necklace, or bracelet, the piece’s settings are likely not the first thing you notice while mesmerized by its spellbinding sparkle. The chosen setting of any piece of jewelry must strike a delicate harmony, ensuring your precious gems are held securely in place as they shine bright for generations to come. Each method not only showcases each stone, but also ensures a secure hold. Brockhaus Jewelry has created this guide to the most popular types of diamond settings, so you can select the best option for your style and durability needs.

Prong Settings

Prong settings, also known as claw settings, epitomize classic elegance in any piece of jewelry. This is also likely what you imagine when you picture diamond jewelry. This setting uses small metal prongs to hold each diamond in place. Prong settings ingeniously showcase each diamond's innate brilliance, as most of the stone remains visible and unobscured by the surrounding metal and settings. Each prong securely holds the diamond in place while ensuring optimal light penetration for maximum sparkle. Renowned for their timeless appeal and versatility, prong settings effortlessly marry sophistication with simplicity, making them a perennial favorite among discerning jewelry connoisseurs.

A ring featuring a brilliant pavé setting in three rows along the top.

Pavé Settings

Derived from the French word for "paved," pavé settings exude an aura of luxurious opulence. With this setting, your piece is quite literally paved with diamonds, creating a dramatic shimmer through its intricate cobblestone-like pattern. Each miniature diamond nestles snugly against its neighbor, forming a seamless surface that appears as though the metal is adorned with a blanket of glittering gems. The pavé setting's intricate pattern not only enhances the ring's visual appeal but also imbues it with an unmistakable sense of grandeur, making it a captivating choice for those seeking to make a dazzling statement.

Channel Settings

In this exquisite setting, stones are nestled side-by-side within a narrow channel, creating a seamless and uninterrupted line of brilliance while remaining secure. Unlike other settings where prongs or bezels individually hold the stones, in a channel setting, there is no metal between the stones, allowing them to harmoniously shimmer in unison. With its clean lines and understated elegance, this minimalist approach highlights the natural beauty of each diamond while offering a modern and refined aesthetic. The channel setting seamlessly integrates into any style.

A person putting a diamond bracelet with bezel settings on their partner’s wrist.

Bezel Settings

The oldest method of setting precious stones into metal, bezel settings exude an air of timeless sophistication in diamond jewelry while offering the greatest security. In this classic setting, a metal rim encircles the diamond, holding it securely in place and ensuring that the stone remains firmly anchored. While this can offer significant peace of mind to the wearer, this durability comes with a trade-off— only the top of the stone is visible, significantly limiting its brilliance compared to other settings. Despite this, the bezel setting's understated elegance and enduring strength make it a cherished choice.

Micro Pavé Settings

Micro pavé settings redefine luxury with their intricate detailing and dazzling brilliance. In this exquisite setting, tiny diamonds— typically smaller than .01 of a carat— are meticulously set in a delicate pattern, creating a breathtaking illusion that the entire band is encrusted with diamonds. Similarly to a pave setting, each gem is expertly placed with precision and held in place by tiny prongs or beads. With its ability to capture and reflect light from every angle, this setting adds an enchanting touch of glamor to any ring, making it truly mesmerizing to behold.

A simple but elegant diamond necklace, a prong setting holding the center stone.

Find the Best Diamond Jewelry at Brockhaus Jewelry

Since 1952, Brockhaus Jewelry has been dedicated to its tradition of excellence in Central Oklahoma. From our beautiful storefront in Norman, we offer elegant fine jewelry, including luxury timepieces and stunning engagement rings. We also offer custom jewelry