Metal, Style & Production
Ring settings are more than just a feature when it comes to choosing your new piece of jewellery. They need to not only be strong, but also accentuate the beautiful stone you choose to place inside the mount.
The colour and type of metal, as well as the method of manufacture, could make your ring perfect for every day adornment, or suitable to only wear for those very rare special occasions.
It takes a lot of experience in the industry to know durable ring settings from light dress wear only ones. At Donnell Jewellers, we’ve seen tens of thousands of rings during our decades of designing, manufacturing, repairing, restoring and valuing rings and jewellery.
In order to help you choose the right metals, style and production methods, we have come up with a guide on the factors we look for when we design or purchase rings for our stock and our customers.
Precious Metals – Hardness and Colour
Which metal is most suited for the type of ring you are looking for? With a choice of platinum, gold, palladium, titanium and silver, it’s often hard to know which metal is the right one.
Gold gets even more confusing, as it comes in different carat weights, which affects durability, and colour, which can also affect the overall appearance of the stone set into the metal.
How the metal is refined, the alloys it is mixed with, all make a difference in the durability and overall look of the finished product.
Some settings are more secure and protect your stone better than others. There is a wide range of styles, such as claws, rubover, channel, pavé, grain, tension, secret/invisible, etc. Some let more light into the stone than others, while some look great in the display cabinet but are destined to be trouble the moment it slips onto your finger.
How can you pick a style that looks good, but will also keep your precious gemstones in their setting, rather than rolling down the drain?
Jewellery Manufacture Methods
Handmade, hand assembled, wax cast, die struck, machined, fabricated, electroformed, hammered, rolled, or drawn. These are all different production methods used to make jewellery items from precious metals.
How the ring is produced will have an effect of the durability and security of the settings and shank.
If you want a ring that can be worn every day and only needs to be checked once a year by your local jeweller, then you need to choose the right production method.