Jewellery is often purchased as something that will last for ever but its also delicate and over time stone can become loose and metal can become worn especially if you wear it everyday. It is advisable to check your jewellery regularly and take the time to bring your jewellery to a professional who will also be able to clean and polish it.

I will happily clean any piece of jewellery I have created for you and am able to fix, repair or transform your other jewellery if you wish – just let me know what you need.

Gemstones can either be set in an open or closed setting. Open settings allow light through both ends of a gemstone while stones set in a closed setting allow light through the top of the stone. This is a good setting for multifaceted gemstones which will refract the most light.

Gemstones can either be set in an open or closed setting. Open settings allow light through both ends of a gemstone while stones set in a closed setting allow light through the top of the stone. This is a good setting for multifaceted gemstones which will refract the most light.
clawThis is the most most common and most popular type of setting especially for diamond solitaire engagement rings with either 4 or 6 claws. The high position of the diamond allows the maximum amount of light and sparkle from top to bottom. This type of setting can be used for all kinds of faceted stones. This is a secure setting and holds even the most fragile of stones.
v-clawA v-claws setting is used to protect the ends of diamonds or gemstones that come to a point such as pear shape, princess or marquise cut stones. V claws grasp the stone at the corners covering their edges with metal claws. The ends of these stones are fragile and it is necessary to protect them from damage and hold the stones securely in place.

ruboverThis is one of the most basic designs in stone setting. Gemstones in this style are enclosed with a band of precious metal. One reason that this type of setting is so popular is the security and the protection it provides to the stone and the person wearing it. The setting minimises the risk of losing the centre stone and damaging the ring. It is ideal for people with active lifestyles.

In recent years rubover setting which encloses the gemstone has become popular and can fit any shape of stone. It is very pleasing to the eye in its simplicity. There are no sharp corners – only gradual flowing lines to conform to the stone. The rubover setting was actually the earliest setting ever used for setting stones into jewellery.

ruboverSimilar to the rubover setting, the half-rubover setting also has precious metal that en-circles the stone. The partial rubber which encloses only part of the gemstone is becoming more popular – it surrounds a portion of the stone exposing the other sides of the diamond or gemstone. This is a secure setting and allows for more of the stone to be exposed and appreciated. The half-bezel setting works well with solitaire diamonds.
channel1Channel settings can be used for a variety of faceted stones cut to the same size – Round brilliant, Princess cut, Emerald cut , Baguettes, etc. The stones are aligned along the groove run in a fluid line one after the other. It creates a flawless, smooth look with no metal separating the set stones and is secured by hammering the upper sides of the channel walls. Channel setting is amongst the securest and the most popular method of setting stones into jewellery such as eternity bands. It protects the gemstones extremely well from chipping.
pave1This setting requires the craftsmanship of a highly skilled jeweller as it is one of the more challenging setting techniques. Placed in small openings on a flat or curved surface – stones in this setting are positioned side by side and are kept in place by up to six raised spurs. Although many other gemstones use this setting – it is most popular amongst diamonds. Even though each stone used to create this setting is small the overall effect is extremely elegant.
tensionAs a newly popular choice for engagement rings, the tension setting holds the stone in place between the sides of a metal shank set in small grooves and gives strong tension between the ring and the gemstone. It keeps it firmly in place and gives the impression that the diamond is floating. The tension setting is perfect for hard stones like diamonds, sapphires and rubies as they are the only gemstones which can withstand the large amount of pressure that is required to keep the stone in place. Despite the simplicity of basic tension rings, resizing and engraving is not recommended because it can weaken the bands strength.
bar1In this setting the stones are set between bars. The diamonds are nested in grooves and overlapped by metal using a special hammering tool. This type of setting is used for hard stones. It is a contemporary spin on a classic look, however, the unevenness of the design can cause discomfort to the wearer especially if she wears her ring every day.

Now that you have a little insight into setting I hope this helps you decide what kind of ring setting you would like. Feel free to ask me any questions about your requirements, I’m here to create!