7 Jewelry Setting Techniques That Give Jewelry a Different Kind of Beauty
The brilliance of jewelry is inseparable from the embellishment of colored gemstones. The combination of the two is the inlay process, and the inlay process
also maximizes the charm of the gemstones.
If you are a seasoned treasurer, you will find that most of the jewelry uses different setting styles.
In layman's terms, jewelry inlay is the combination of gemstones and various metals. In our daily life, we often have diamond inlays, such as diamond rings, pendants, etc., which combine diamonds and platinum k gold in the way of inlay. , to create eye-catching and sophisticated jewelry.
Inlaid craftsmanship is a major craftsmanship in making jewelry. In the modeling of jewelry, it can highlight the material characteristics of jewelry, as well as the combination and contrast of various materials, so that the whole jewelry looks more fashionable and decorative art.
Its craftsmanship is delicate and complicated, and it pays attention to the design texture and technical exquisiteness. The inlay process is generally used in K gold jewelry. Because the K gold material is relatively harder, of course, there are also inlay methods suitable for softer materials such as pure gold and platinum.
In order to make jewelry become a work of art, have created many jewelry setting methods after years of exploration.
Or bring out the sparkle of gemstones perfectly, or hide the metal support perfectly.
You may have heard of these inlay methods, and some of them may be the first time you may see them. Let’s learn more about them today and take a look at some common inlay methods!
How to set jewelry
Prong Setting: The most common and classic setting method. It is a metal claw (column) to hold the gem tightly.
The advantage is that the metal rarely obscures the gemstone. To maximize the optical effect of the gemstone.
And it is favorable for light to be incident and reflected from different angles, making the gemstone look bigger and brighter. The variation and applicability of its styles are also the most extensive.
In addition, the prong setting is divided into two types: single setting and group setting. A single setting means that only one large gemstone is set on the ring setting; a group setting means that in addition to the main stone, there are side stones (that is, small gravel).
Nail setting: Using the ductility of metal, on the edge of the metal material setting, use a tool to shovel out several small nails to fix the gemstone.
However, on the surface, there is no metal or claws that hold the gemstone in sight. In fact, the gemstone is set in the metal tongue and groove.
Therefore, the advantage of this setting method is that because there is no metal surrounding, the gemstone can penetrate and reflect more light, highlighting the dazzling light of the jewelry.
Bezel Setting: Also called bezel setting, as the name suggests, it is a setting method that surrounds the gemstone with a metal edge.
It is one of the most stable methods in the mosaic process, and it is also a more traditional and common method, which fully demonstrates the brightness of the gemstone, the brilliance is restrained, and it has a peaceful and dignified temperament.
Generally, for plain gemstones, such as rubies, sapphires, moonstones, emeralds, etc., the bezel setting method will be used. Because these types of stones are larger, they are not strong enough to be set with prongs.
When purchasing, pay attention to observation, there should be no gaps between the edging and the gemstone, even and smooth, smooth and flat.
The culet of the gemstone should not be exposed to the bracket, otherwise it will scratch the skin or cause damage to the gemstone.
Card setting: A setting method that uses the tension of metal to fix the waist of the gemstone or the waist and the culet. It is also a trendy setting method nowadays.
The exposed gemstone is more exposed than the prong setting, and the technical requirements are higher than that of the prong setting.
Its advantage is that it can maximize the full display of the gemstone, which is dazzling and brings a strong visual impact. Very popular with young and fashionable people.
Combination setting: As the name suggests, it is on the same gemstone, using a variety of different setting techniques.
In the center stone setting, both claw setting and bezel setting can be used, such as the setting of heart-shaped and tear-shaped gemstones.
Its principle is that the top corner is inlaid with bezel inlays, and the rear side is inlaid with claw inlays; a combination of stud inlays and clip inlays can also be used in group inlays.
The combination inlay can have a variety of inlaid techniques, giving people a sense of novelty and uniqueness.
Flash inlay: Also known as Italian inlay. While surrounded by metal trim around the gemstone, it was fixed by a number of scooped nails.
Because the metal edging around the gemstone is relatively short and cannot completely enclose the gemstone, the edging only plays the role of positioning, and the studs only play the role of fixing the gemstone.
Flash settings are mainly used for the setting of faceted gemstones, which can maintain their original size.
It makes it difficult for gemstones to hook clothes, and also avoids the reduction of gemstone waist caused by bezel setting. It is a practical and beautiful way of setting.
Micro-setting: It is a new setting technology in jewelry technology. Also called micro-studded.
Compared to other peg settings, the micro-set gems are set very tightly together, and it is set under a 40x microscope.
The claws are very small, not showing metal, and it is difficult to distinguish with the naked eye. After the stone is set, there is a floating feeling, which can better reflect the brilliance of the gem.
The overall sense of expressiveness is strong, making the product style look rich and gorgeous.
The micro-stud setting process mostly uses round gemstones for setting, which has very high requirements on the size, color and clarity of the gemstones used in the product.