A Guide to Setting Styles

With so many types of settings to choose from, it is difficult to choose which one is best for you. We hope this guide will make the choice a bit easier.

Bezel settings use a type of elevated collar which wraps the rim of the diamond in a complete metal edging. This type of  setting is the most secure fastener for the stones. The bezel setting also protects the stone better than other types of settings, such as the prong setting.

Prong settings use metal projections or tines, called prongs, to secure a gemstone to a piece of jewelry. They can be done in any configuration.

In a tension setting, the gemstone is held in place by pressure rather than prongs, bezels or other mounting designs.


An illusion setting is a prong setting designed to make a diamond look bigger than it actually is. This is accomplished by a ring of metal surrounding the girdle of the diamond that is often brightly cut.

The pavé setting, pronounced “pa-vay,” comes from the French word “to pave,” as in paved with diamonds. By closely setting small diamonds together with minimal visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs holding the stones in place, the effect is one of continuous sparkle.

An invisible setting is a mounting that holds the stones in a ring so that the setting itself is not prominent. Usually the stones are grooved to fit right up against each other.

Bead setting is a generic term for setting a stone directly into metal using gravers. They are also called burins, which are essentially tiny chisels. A hole is drilled directly into the metal surface, and then a ball burr is used to make a concave depression just the size of the stone.

Flush setting is when the diamond or gemstone appears to sit flush with the surface of the metal – similar to a bezel setting where the crown of the diamond is the only exposed area.

A belcher setting resembles a flush setting but the center stone is held by prongs which are cut out of the shank.

In a channel set ring, diamond accents are placed in a “channel” formed by two strips of precious metal. Grooves on both walls hold the diamonds securely in place.

A cluster setting “clusters” stones tightly together in order to look like a large diamond. It can either contain a larger center stone or cluster together stones of equal size.

Bypass rings were popularized in the Victorian era. Characterized by bands that overlap and part, rather than forming one simple continuous line, they are sought after due to their distinctive style. These bypass rings can hold many different diamond shapes and colorful gemstones to create unique pieces.

Whichever setting style you choose, you can be sure Tick Tock has carefully looked it over to insure its quality and integrity.

Posted on March 11, 2019 .