Ring Styles And Dating

Gypsy Setting - Used with a domed ring mounting and gemstone, usually cabochon cut, surrounded by a tight edge of metal. There is not always a bezel because sometimes the stone is set flush and no prongs are used.

Roman Setting - Often confused with a gypsy setting, but it has a channel around the outside of the stone that makes the stone appear framed. This type of setting was used for Roman seal rings. When the seal was pushed into the wax, it looked like it was in a frame and no prongs are used.

Bezel Setting - Is use of a rim of metal shaped to fit around the girdle of a stone and then soldered onto a mounting. Cast bezels are also available with open and closed backs. This is also known as a Collet setting and sometimes Pronged Collet setting.

Tube Setting - This is a straight or tapered tube that is used instead of a rim to surround the gemstone. Both tube and collet settings have also been known as Chenier settings.

Grain or Bead Setting - This setting involved using tiny grains or beads from the metal surface to secure the stone, much long prongs.

Pavé Setting - Settings in which stones are set so close together (literally "paved") that the backing is not visible and the effect is one of a continuous jeweled surface.

Channel Setting - Channel setting is when stones or pastes are held in place within a metal channel but a slight rim around the edges of it.

Tension Setting - This is a technique whereby stones are held in place by the tension of the metal mounting.

Fishtail Setting - The prongs in this setting are shaped to make a curving design that leaves the sides a notch in the center, looking like fishtails.

Illusion Setting - A setting designed to enhance the appearance of small stones, making them seem bigger. Metal reflections around the stone add an illusion of size.

Basket Setting - This setting is cast or fabricated from wire to fit on a particular stone. It can also be assembled onto a mounting and used with prongs in any number of styles.

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