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If you want to understand the knowledge of jewelry, you must be familiar with the inlay methods of various jewelry.


Of course, if you are a practitioner or consumer of high-end jewelry, you need to choose the correct inlay type when designing, producing, and purchasing a piece of high-end jewelry.


Based on our rich high-end jewelry customization experience, the RESOVON jewelry team has listed 10 of the most popular inlay types and styles for you to choose from.

1, Claw Setting/ Prong Setting

Yellow Gold Claw Setting Ring

Claw Setting Ring   

Calw setting (called prong setting in North America) setting is one of the most popular setting options. A prong setting has three or more metal teeth, or prongs, that stand up and hold the stone in place.

A gem setting that includes prongs is called a head, and a jeweler can weld or solder the head to a piece of jewelry, such as a ring or pendant, to set the gem.

This setting really helps to show off the stones. Because the open sides let light into the back of the stone, the claw does not cover most of the top of the stone, so it reveals the stone from all angles except the bottom.

In addition, this mosaic method also gives designers many choices. You can choose round or square prong stones or stones with pointed corners (princess, pear, etc.), or V-shaped prong stones.

Of course you can also change the number of paws in the setup, you can keep the traditional 4 paws. Or you can choose six prongs, eight prongs, or even more than ten prongs, depending on the size and shape of the stone.

Prong-set jewelry is often very durable when handled and cared for properly. However, sometimes the prong setting can occasionally get caught in clothing, causing the claws to bend.

For heirlooms or fine jewelry, it also pays to re-tighten the claws every few years to ensure they grip the stone properly.


2, Bezel/Rub-over Setting

Rose Gold Bezel Setting Ring

Bezel Setting Ring

A bezel setting (sometimes called Rub-over setting) is one of the safest settings you can choose because the stone is held in place by metal that is pushed onto the stone.

Choosing this setting also adds more protection to the stone, making it an excellent choice for softer gemstones such as emeralds, tanzanites, and opals.

This means that stones set using this method are much less likely to fall off. Equivalent to a prong setting, one of the disadvantages of a bezel setting is that, due to the way it is set, not much light gets under the stone, which can make colored stones look darker or diamonds look darker, giving the jewelry a lifeless look.

Of course, these shortcomings do not stop bezel setting from being a popular cabochon style choice. It is an excellent choice for traditional cut, free cut medium faceted gemstones and diamonds.


3, Trilogy Setting

Yellow Gold Diamond Trilogy Setting Ring

Trilogy Setting Ring

The trilogy setting is a very popular setting style in the engagement ring customization industry.

This setting style can be personalized in many different combinations, such as:
three stones of the same size and shape
three different shaped stones
Larger center stone with smaller outer layers of the same shape
Large main stones with various outer shapes

This makes high jewelry custom creations easier and more versatile. Because you freely choose the size, shape and type of stones in your creations to achieve your effect.


4, Cluster setting

Ruby Diamond Cluster Setting Ring

Cluster Setting Ring

Because of the highly sought-after style of engagement rings worn by Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, the cluster setting became very popular in the 1980s and late 2000s, becoming a traditional and timeless style.

A cluster setting is one of the first setting styles to use small diamonds surrounding a center stone, usually much larger than the surrounding diamonds, but you can also have all stones the same size.

This kind of inlaid engagement ring mainly chooses colored gemstones such as ruby or sapphire as the main stone, which shows the infinite charm of the main stone.


5, Halo Setting

White Gold Diamond Halo Setting Ring

Halo Setting Ring

The halo style setting is a modern take on the traditional cluster setting and as such, it is a very popular choice as you will get your money’s worth.

Stones set in a halo are usually smaller than those used in a cluster setting, which means you get more stones to give your jewelry piece more sparkle.

Halo settings are often pavé settings because this style allows a lot of light to enter the stone.

Don’t think that just because halos are popular in center stones with round and oval cuts, that halo setting is just for these stones. In fact, halo settings can be paired with almost any style of gemstone.


6, Channel Setting

White Gold Princess Channel Setting Ring

Channel Setting Ring

Channel settings are the most popular choice for eternity rings, not only do they look great, but they also offer a lot of protection for the small diamonds that are often used in eternity rings.

The stones are placed in the channels cut from the band before the metal is pushed over the edges of the stones to hold them in place. Since the stones are embedded in the ring, they get more protection every day.

Typically, round brilliant or princess cut diamonds are used mostly for channel setting. While this setting is often used on eternity rings, it can also be used to set a match stone on the shoulder of other ring styles.


7, Pavé Setting

Rose Gold Diamond Pave Setting Ring

Pavé Setting Ring

To keep costs in check, pavé setting has become a very popular method of setting melee diamonds into jewelry and some engagement rings.

Pavé is a French word meaning covering and area, meaning to cover an entire area with a mass of gems.

These gemstones are held in place by very small prongs that are made when cutting the stone mount, and many times the result looks just like the tiny prongs.


8, Micro-pavé Setting

White Gold Pave Setting Diamond Ring

Pavé Setting Diamond Ring

Micropavé setting is very similar to the pave setting described above, except that it uses very small stones, sometimes as small as 0.5mm.

Because of the characteristics of micropavé setting, micropavé is usually done with rows of small diamonds, thus creating a very sparkly jewelry effect.

For rings that are worn every day, RESOVON generally does not recommend this setting to its customers due to the very small size of the stones and therefore the very small amount of metal that holds them in place. Because this type of ring has a very high chance of losing gemstones.


9, Flush/Gypsy Setting

Yellow Gold Flush Setting Ring

Flush Setting Ring

Flush settings are often very popular in men’s rings and wedding jewelry because it gives a simple and clean look.

Because the stone is held in place by metal that is pushed onto the stone, this also makes it a very secure setting.

Because Cartier Jewelers have used this setting in their High Jewelery Love Collection and made it very stylish.


10, Tension Setting

Yellow Gold Diamond Tension Setting Ring

Tension Setting Ring

Have to admit, tension tessellation is a style that looks great visually. Because visually, the stones seem to be floating in the jewelry piece. But it also always reminds you to pay attention to the risk of gemstone falling off.

Traditional tension settings use only the tension of the metal to hold the stone in place, but over time the metal begins to lose its memory, which can cause the stone to fall out. This requires customers to carry out jewelry restoration and maintenance on a regular basis.

Many jewelers and designers alleviate this to some extent by adding connecting support bars between the two sides of the ring.

While jewelry with a tension setting is stunning, its utility is greatly compromised, and jewelry with this setting is not suitable for everyday wear.

Due to the creativity of jewelers and designers, in some high-end jewelry customization services, you can choose two or more of the above-mentioned inlay methods, and mix and match according to your preferences. For example, you can set the bezel on the outer stones and the prongs on the center stone.

When choosing a setting style for your ring or jewelry, you really need to consider the practical aspects as well as how it will look. This is because certain styles may not be a viable option for you depending on your career, hobbies, or general day-to-day life. This requires a professional designer or jewelry team to serve you.

The RESOVON jewelry team has rich experience in customizing high-end jewelry and is ready to provide professional advice on your heirlooms.

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