À jour

À jour

À jour À jour (from French: jour = day) is a term used in gem setting to describe open worked backgrounds, created by sawing or piercing, that keep the stone back open “to the day.” This opening allows more light to enter the gem, thereby enhancing...
Bead Setting

Bead Setting

Bead Setting Bead setting is a method of securing a faceted stone. A small burr of metal is raised with a graver, worked at a 30-degree angle, and pushed to the edge of the stone. This burr is then burnished with a concave tipped punch into a small ball over...
Bezel Setting

Bezel Setting

Bezel Setting   A bezel setting is one where a ring or rim of metal, perpendicular to the surface of the item and surrounding the girdle of a stone, is used to hold the stone in place. Also known as a collet setting.   Victorian Bezel-Set Opal and Pearl...
Channel Set

Channel Set

Channel-Set French-Cut Diamond Band. Channel Set Channel setting is a style of gemstone setting that involves placing a line of stones girdle-to-girdle in a groove so that there is no metal between them. No prongs, beads or bezels are required to hold the stones in...