I have been told that using claw settings for faceted stones is
old fashioned and catch in clothing.
It looks like we are talking about two things: Style and technique
Style: Claw setting, or prong setting as most Americans call them,
is a timeless style of holding stones. There are older, more
traditional looking styles, commercial styles of prong settings, as
well as more innovative interpretations of prongs. For instance,
designer Whitney Boin has created a beautiful line of what he calls
"post" settings. And then there is the single prong setting for
diamonds that I have seen. Both are contemporary interpretations of
traditional styles of prong setting.
Technique: Any stone that is poorly set, regardless of the style,
is a cause for concern. Poor setting skills jeopardize the security
of the gem, the safety of the wearer and the integrity of nearby
clothing. However, if a stone is properly set in prongs that are
shaped to meet the stone without any gaps or burs of metal to catch,
the gem, wearer and nearby objects are safe and secure.
The key is knowledge. Learn more about different styles of settings
and learn how to execute setting procedures properly.
Good luck, Alan Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts 760 Market Street -
Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94102 tel: 415-391-4179 fax: 415-391-7570
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