A Guide to Vintage Settings

Featuring the Old European Cut Diamond

The Solitaire

Tiffany & Co. introduced the iconic prong solitaire in 1886. The innovative setting lifted the diamond off the band, allowing for light to pass underneath the stone, creating maximum sparkle.

The Four Prong

A minimal classic most indicative of the 1920s Deco era. Usually featuring accent stones like baguettes and single cut diamonds.

The Bezel

The most secure of settings. The diamond sits flush inside the lip of the mounting. This setting can be found in rings from eras.

The Decorated Band

Edwardian style featuring a low profile mounting with a filigree diamond encrusted and millegrain edge decorated band.

The Halo

Indicative of the Edwardian and especially Deco eras, this style features one row of stones  (diamonds, rubies, and even onyx) in a bezel mounting around the center diamond.

The Adorned

With more finger cover, this typical Edwardian fanciful style with plenty of hand carved filigree, scroll motifs, and openwork is a great choice for especially small center stones.

The Box

Classic Deco style, securing the center stone with 4 prongs in a "box" shaped mounting beautifully hand carved on the sides with an open gallery.

The Gemmy Accent

Bright pops of rubies, emeralds, and sapphires among other precious stones add a vibrant element to the setting.

The Target

Especially popular during the 1920s for its boldness. The target setting features two rows of gems, another beautiful choice to enhance a smaller center diamond.

The Buttercup

A Victorian classic made in gold with a single center stone in a flower-like mounting.

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