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Which Ring Setting is Best

Choosing a special ring for yourself or your loved one? Consider which design will show off that sparkly gemstone perfectly

Which ring Setting is best ?

A stone setting is so much more than a means of securing your favourite gemstone. 

When a Jeweller decides on the type of setting he is creating an integral design feature of the ring.

Whilst some gemstones require certain settings for wear ability and practicality there are ways that they can be modified.  This will help the finished look reflect a contemporary, vintage or traditionalist feel.

An experienced and creative jeweller will be able to balance both design with the best and most protective setting to show off the gemstone.

When choosing a special ring for yourself or your loved one, consider which design will show off that sparkly gemstone perfectly.

 

Types of Setting

The Claw  

Tanzanite & Diamond Ring  

A frequently used setting, that tends to show off faceted gemstones really well.

The claws by elevating the stone allows the facets to catch the light beautifully, making the ring an instant eye catcher.

The claw setting is most commonly used for setting larger stones and engagement rings.

Choosing a four clawed ring will give you a bigger view of the gemstone and a six claw a more secure fit.

The Channel 

Diamond Emerald Channel Set Ring

Another favourite, often used for eternity rings is the channel setting.

The best designs create a continuous effect with perfectly matched stones in both colour and size.

Using a channel with ledges cut into the edges, the jeweller is able to fold metal to grip the gemstones.

This creates a very smooth neat setting that offers more protection of the stones, it also sits beautifully between an engagement and wedding ring.

 

The Gypsy/Invisible

This design is popular for those that like a clean and minimal look with an unfussy finish to their jewellery.

This design of ring uses faceted gemstones or cabochons with angles at the sides.

The chosen stones are sunk into the metal so that they become flush with the ring.

 

Rubbed Over

Rubbed over setting ruby diamond ring

The rubbed over setting  similar to the gypsy is one of the most secure designs for rings there is.

A smooth clean finish that is very easy for the wearer, because it won’t catch or snag on their clothes.

A ring that may also suit the more active wearer because of its secure design.

 

Tension 

The tension setting relies on the shank of the ring to hold the stone in place. It therefore only has two areas of contact to keep it in place.

This type of ring is not always recommended due to the fact that the stones may fall out easily.

Although todays methods have improved significantly the longevity of the design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tip No 1 – Knots in your Jewellery Chains

 

Top Tip From Alan Jeweller at Sarah Beth – Knotted Chains

This Weeks Top Tip – How to undo those annoying knots in your favourite chains

Posted by Sarah Beth Jewellers on Monday, 16 July 2018

Top Tip No 1 – Knots in your Jewellery Chains

Do your favourite Gold and Silver chains get knotted in your jewellery box, watch this short video to see how to quickly undo them.

 

Tell Me About Sapphires

Tell me about Sapphires

Do you want your jewellery to have meaning and reflect your personality?

All gemstones have unique meaning and style, let’s talk about Sapphires.

Sapphires

The name Sapphire comes from the Latin word Saphirus and the Greek word Sapherios, both meaning blue.

The birthstone of September and the stone used to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary.

Treasured since 800bc Sapphires are from the same family as Rubies. Ancient Persians believed that these beautiful blue gemstones  made the sky blue as a reflection of their colour.

Also said to be the stone of wisdom loyalty honesty and devotion, adding positivity to the life of its owner.

Often popular with royalty as legend says it will attract wealth and protect them from envy and infidelity.

What are Sapphires

Today’s Sapphires come from Asia and are generally lighter blue in colour, than earlier ones.  Whilst 20 yrs ago they were more popular in a darker almost black / blue colour and naturally mined from Australasia.

They are among the hardest gemstones rated 9/10 on the scale with only diamonds being harder.  The scale relates to its scratch ability, in terms of what that means to the owner is its risk of being scratched with general wear and tear.  So sapphires although not indestructible should remain sparkling for many years because of their durability.

Sapphires come from the corundum mineral, corundum is red and known as a ruby gemstone. But with the addition of iron and titanium, the rich blue colour of a sapphire is developed.

The rarest of these gemstones originate from Sri Lanka, they are called Padparadscha and are orange and pink in colour. They also come in other colours, like pink and yellow.

Prince Charles gave Princess Diana one of the most famous Sapphire rings, on their engagement. Then more recently Prince William gave the same ring to his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge.

View our featured Sapphire pendant