Types of Side Stone Settings
There are many types of settings for side stones. Some are more popular than the other, for their aesthetic effects and durability. Here are the top three choices of setting styles for flanking stones in rings.
Pave’: Pave’, a French word, means to cover something uniformly,like the stones in a pavement. It is a classic style of setting that is used to fit in small diamonds in pre-fashioned pegs in the band of rings. Pave’ setting is a technique to fit small stones securely and uniformly in a way so that they all come up to the same level, just like the cobble stones in a sidewalk.
Pave set side diamonds ring
Channel: Channel setting is another technique that is often used to set side stones in rings. Just as the name suggests, in this technique, stones are set into channel-like features inside the ring. That gives the stones a fluid line-like appearance where in the stones sit one after the other in a seamless order. The absence of metal prongs and dividers give the arrangement a soft and smooth feel. Channel setting is a favorite option of jewelers, when working with men’s wedding bands. This setting is very secure and is a perfect fit for small, round-cut diamonds.
Channel set side diamonds ring
Open: There is a third kind, called the open setting. You may not have seen or heard of it much, but it is often used to set gems throughout the width of a ring. When the design of a ring includes gems all over the band,jewelers use open setting technique to place the gems one after the other in a linear line along the band. Open setting gives the feel of symmetry which adds a new dimension to the beauty of the design.
Open set side diamonds ring
Choices of Accent GemsAlmost all types of gems are used to flank center stone of a ring. As long as the colors work together, there shouldn’t be any limit to what stones can be used to accent a ring. Diamonds are preferably used when the stone in the middle is a blue sapphire a green emerald or a diamond, and even a red ruby. White diamonds add a sparkling factor to all opaque gems thus tuning up the scintillation. Aside diamonds, sapphires also make great flanking stones when the middle stone is an achromatic diamond. Other semi-precious stones that can be used for accent a bigger gem are amethysts, aquamarines, Lapis lazuli, labradorite and such.
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