Types of Stone Settings
The Prong Setting
Black onyx prong setting ring
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.
The Cluster Setting
Geode setting black diamonds in signet ring
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)
The Bezel Setting
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.
The Channel Setting
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.
The Pave Setting
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.
The Inlay Setting
Bull Signet with Malachite and Jet Black Inlay
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.
The Gypsy Setting
Skull ring with blue sapphires in a flush setting in the eyes
Horseshoe ring with black diamonds in a flush setting
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.