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A prong setting, which usually has 4 or 6 prongs, is one of the most popular settings on the market and is generally used for all types of faceted stones.
In a shared prong setting, each stone shares one set of prongs with the stone next to it.
A versatile choice used for any type of stone, the bezel setting holds the gemstone inside the mounting while the metal surrounds the edge of the stone to secure it in place.
This setting utilizes essentially the same approach as the bezel setting, except a half bezel does not completely surround the stone.
In channel setting the goldsmith creates a channel and then cuts seats where the diamond will sit. After each diamond is placed in its seat within the channel, the goldsmith secures the stones in place by hammering the upper sides of the channel walls down over the sides of the diamond.
With pavé settings, many small gemstones - usually diamonds - are set closely together and held in place by small beads of the jewelry item's existing metal. This produces what resembles a continuous look of diamonds or other gems on the item's surface.
Not seen as frequently, the bar setting is similar to the channel. Instead of one long continuious piece of metal, it consists of a thin bar of metal between each stone.
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