Types of Stone Settings
The Prong Setting
Black onyx prong setting ring $250
Of the most popular and well known types of settings, the prong setting or prong mount refers to the use of metal projections or tines, called prongs, to secure a gemstone to a piece of jewelry. You can do a 2 prong setting or even up to 8 prongs.
Geode setting black diamonds in signet ring $550
Cluster setting black diamonds in skull eyes $275
In a cluster setting, smaller diamonds are set closely together to either resemble a large diamond (see pic 2) or are set closely together to resemble the inside of a geode. (see pic 1)
A bezel setting is when the diamond or gemstone is completely encircled in precious metal. In other words, it creates sort of a metal "halo" around the stone.
A channel setting is when the gemstones or diamonds are set into a channel made from two strips of metal. The stones are set in such a way that they form a row and can run along the entire band. These are most popular in wedding bands.
Pave settings are a type of setting that consists of small diamonds or gemstones on the band, like a channel setting, but are fastened by little droplets of metal that look like beads. This setting is also known as a Beaded Channel Setting.
Bull Signet with Malachite and Jet Black Inlay $250
Inlay is used with softer gemstones that are not traditionally faceted. Some of these gemstones include turquoise, lapis, black onyx, malachite, jet black and opal.
A gypsy setting, also known as flush setting, is when the diamond or gemstone appears to sit flush with the surface of the metal. Similar to a bezel where the crown of the stone is the only exposed area.