What do I need to know when getting a raw diamond ring

There are very different types of raw diamond rings in the market and what they all have in common is one thing, they are all very unique.

When you have found a raw diamond ring that you like you need to verify that the setting is done by a professional jeweler and that it is not too weak or poorly made.

It is much harder to set a raw diamond than a cut diamond because they are usually rather shapeless and the ring needs to be tailored to the specific diamond’s shape and size. Also, once the ring is made it takes a specialist to properly fasten the metal against the changing contours of the stone.

It is a challenging job and requires an expert. There are different types of good settings for raw diamonds, here are a few –

Claws Setting

This type of setting is the most delicate and reveals the most surface of the diamond and is considered mild and delicate. When looking at claw setting you need to see that the claws are not too thin (paper thin) and that they follow the shape of the stone from their base to the tip. Many jewelers that try this setting end up with just pushing the tips of the claw on the stone while the rest is not touching it, this result is not very secure and not very attractive, you are looking to get claws the follow the shape of the diamond beautifully.

Bezel Setting

A bezel setting is basically sort of a ‘cup’ in which the diamond rests in. The bezel should be made to fit the unique diamond shape and the area around the stone’s contours should follow it’s line closely and do not leaves any open holes or gaps as these do not look good and will be filled with dirt over time. This form of setting works very well with raw stones as it has a raw feeling in itself. Please note that it is more suitable for larger stones as they hide a bit of the diamond and small diamonds may look tiny after set in a bezel.

Unique Settings

In today’s modern jewelry industry many creative designers come up with creative new setting techniques that are not in the standard jewelry text books. These techniques are often interesting and beautiful but you need to examine them carefully to be sure that they do not geopardize the diamonds they hold. The main thing to check is that the elements holding the diamond are in close contact with it for the entire area they meet and that they are thick enough to withstand the every day wear and tear they are suppose to absorb, a paper thin element is never good.

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