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  • Bar Setting: Bar a piece of metal set between gemstones or diamonds or a combination  which holds them securely in place is called a bar.
 
  • Bezel Setting: A bezel setting has a metal rim that fits around the gemstone at the circumference and securely holds it in place.
 
  • Half Bezel Setting: This setting has the bezel formed as a semi-circle.
 
  • Channel Setting: The channel setting is a groove in a metal band that holds a row of stones between two parallel bars. The stones are next to each other without any metal bars between them.
 
  • Invisible Setting: The invisible setting showcases several rows of stones without any metal which interrupts the pattern. The gemstones are set with special grooves cut into them into a band. The gemstones rest secure in the band, and the metal underneath them is invisible.
 
  • Pave Setting: This setting has tiny balls (10, 14, 18 k or platinum) to secure many gemstones in a pattern. Pave settings create the look of a path or field of gemstones. It has a high sparkle factor.
 
  • Prong Setting: A prong is a metal claw that protrudes from the band to clasp the gemstone and hold it secure. It is the most widely used setting. Prongs are best suited for showcasing large gemstones. For solitaire rings, usually four to six prongs are used. The number of prongs relates to the current style, security of the stone and ring design. There is also a special prong called a "v" prong, often used for princess shape stones.

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