When stones—round, emerald, square, oval, or baguette cut—are placed flush with the shank in a precious metal trough, that’s channel setting; the name says it all. Other than the orderly beauty of it all, there are plenty of reasons to do this. For starters, channel set stones are more secure, and less apt to snag on clothing and be pried loose (prong-set stones are especially susceptible to this).
But channel settings also allow jewelers to make use of smaller stones, even if they are of a bit less quality, which means you can get more dazzle for your dollar. Finally, as there is no metal between the stones, the setting allows for maximum light and makes the stones appear to be floating—at stunning effect.
When you shop for jewelry in South Florida, you’ll see that the channel setting is popular for rings, be they stackables—channel setting is idea for these, as it helps them like flush, rather than clash—engagement ring shanks, or wedding bands. Many eternity rings use channel settings.
Just because channel set jewelry share a common feature—i.e. the channel—don’t think they all look the same. Designers have gotten very creative with their use of this setting, and have learned to shape and curve it around stones in rings or pendants, made isolated channels into flexible segments of bracelets and neckware, or even formed rows, as in the cross pendant shown here.
Channel size can vary or taper, and all gemstones can be used, which allows myriad mix-and-match possibilities. Using rounds allows for almost total coverage for an encrusted look that is more secure than pave.
For practicality and beauty, channel settings are classic, which is why you see them in everything from antique to modern jewelry. In addition to these shown, we’ve got plenty of examples here at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale; come on in and take a look!