A belcher ring has a flush setting, similar to a gypsy ring, whereby the prongs are cut into the mounting. The stone is placed within a recess created in the shank and secured by the carved out prongs. This results in the table of the stone being level with the metal surface.
A belcher shank has a “D” shaped cross-section. They can be solid or hollow. Gypsy rings and belcher rings are typical examples.
The name “belcher” may come from Jem Belcher, the English boxing champion between 1800 and 1805.
Russian Victorian-Style Diamond Belcher Ring.