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Invisible settings


#1

Does anyone have experience with invisible settings for diamond
anniversary bands? I make jewelry, but not the diamond and gold
stuff. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a ring with
3 or 4 rows of invisibly set princess cut stones? How durable is
this? What should it be set in? What characteristics should I
look for? What would be an average price for decent stones? I
have heard prices quoted for the whole ring, as a per carat
price. Can anyone suggest a respectable, reasonable place to look
and buy in Los Angeles? Thanks.


#2

Try a place called Palace Jewelry…ask for Gaby, I do not have
the address or phone number here at home. They are in the Hill
street area…these guys make all types of the invisible set
jewelry. You can have any grade of stone that you like used to
make up the ring, and can choose the size of the ring that you
want, ie. 2 row 3 row, 4 row.

Hope this helps


#3

From what I recall about invisible settings, the stones are
grooved below the girdle to allow them to be held in place by
metal in the setting. This would require that the stones be cut
specifically for this type of setting. Should be durable if
properly set. I have no idea what the price for this mele would
be…

Rick Hamilton
Richard D. Hamilton, Jr
http://www.rick-hamilton.com
@rick_hamilton


#4
Does anyone have experience with invisible settings for diamond
anniversary bands? 

I’ve either sized or altered a few…

 I make jewelry, but not the diamond and gold
stuff.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of a ring with
3 or 4 rows of invisibly set princess cut stones?  

The advantage is the look of the piece, it’s very sleek…

How durable is this? 

Very durable indeed

What should it be set in? 

typically the channels the diamonds are slid into are platinum,
but I’ve seen them in 18k white gold too

What characteristics should Iook for? 

The stones should be tight, the ring should be attractive.

What would be an average price for decent stones? 

I don’t currently know of a source for them. Neither for price.

I have heard prices quoted for the whole ring, as a per carat
price. Can anyone suggest a respectable, reasonable place to
look and buy in Los Angeles? Thanks.

If I were looking, I guess I’d just start calling the
advertisers of such products in JCK and National Jeweler etc…
Ambar is pretty good…
Jeffrey Everett


#5

Hello…This something that is best left to a shop than can
calibrate and cut it’s own stones. Invisible settings have a
groove cut beneath the girdle, hidden from view by the refractive
characteristics of the The grooves are fitted (woven)
into a latice work which is soldered in place. Like baguette
work, this type of setting is easiest when you have a pallete of
several carats of stone to work with, or when you can cut and
tailor your own stones to fit. Needless to say, competition with
big diamond houses is difficult. I remember reading about one
firm that will do their thing in your mounting for a fee. I
prefer channels and don’t think that invisible settings are very
good looking. Try calling a manufacturer. I think that rubies
tend to look like car tail lights when set this way!

Steven B. Wardle & Barbara W. Knowlton
Designer-Goldsmiths
Forest Beach Design
Chatham MA 02633
508-945-7334


#6

And be carefull with those princess cut stones, those corners
are just dying to chip off. Tim Goodwin @tmn8tr


#7

I have made and repaired invisable sets.They scare me.The stones
are held in by a very small amount of metal below the girdle of
the stone.This leaves the edges and corners exposed.It also means
that the daily bumps will compress the metal holding the stones
in.They seem destined to fail.

Nova and Ambar make the best I’ve seen.

                    S.H.

#8

Foxy,

Check with GIA Manufacturing Arts Department. If Steve Workman
is ‘listening’ he might be able to help. I think they are
begining to teach invisible setting and may be able to guide you.
If I, understand the process correctly, the diamonds are
acutally laser grooved to fit into the mounting. Keep in mind
when selling something like invisible setting the disadvantages
associated with it, i.e. rings can’t be sized, stones can’t be
used in another setting when the owner tires of the invisible set
piece, difficult to re-sell…