What is Gypsy Setting?

11 May 2014

When purchasing any piece of custom made fine jewellery you will be presented with a long list of questions. From what metal you would like, to what shape, size and quality of diamonds you are after? Or perhaps you have a favourite coloured gemstone?  Then there are the finer details such as which style of setting do you love? You may be reading this and already feeling slightly overwhelmed. Don’t let panic set in, familiarise yourself with the world of jewellery instead and start doing a little research into what catches you and your partner’s eye.
When asked which style of setting you prefer, your jeweller will be referring to traditional setting styles such as Claw, Bezel, Channel, Bead, Pavé and Gypsy. The list goes on and on. Gyspy setting is one of the lesser known styles.
Gypsy or Hammer style setting is becoming increasingly popular, but it is still nowhere near as popular as Pavé or Channel setting. Gypsy setting is also referred to as 'Shot Setting', 'Burnish Setting' and also, and most commonly, ‘Flush mount setting’. As the name suggests, Gypsy setting is when the diamond or gemstone appears to sit flush with the surface of the metal – similar to a Bezel setting where the crown of the diamond is the only exposed area.  The difference between a Bezel setting and the Gypsy setting is that in a Bezel setting the metal wraps around the stone whereas for a Gypsy setting the stone is sunk into the metal and sits just below the surface.
This is one of the most secure styles of setting, making it the perfect choice for men’s rings and for any ladies who are concerned that their hands on career or active lifestyle would subject exposed diamonds to frequent knocks. It is important to note that soft stones are not suitable for this style of setting as they can potentially be damaged during the setting process.
Typically, Gypsy setting is used for accent diamonds or smaller stones set into wedding rings. It is not common practice to set centre diamonds for engagement rings in this style. However, this certainly does not mean that this is not an option. Gypsy set centre diamonds can look fabulous in beautiful modern and contemporary style engagement rings
Here are just a few of Larsen Jewellery’s popular Gypsy set designs:
The 'Gypsy - Pink and White' wedding ring with alternating diamonds and pink sapphires.
  The 'Union Gypsy' gents two tone yellow gold and white gold wedding ring featuring three 2pt princess uct diamonds.
The 'Gypsy Blue' ladies wedding ring featuring eight blue diamonds.
The 'Dew Drop' ladies wedding ring featuring eight 2pt round brilliant diamonds.
The 'Gypsy Secret' ladies yellow gold wedding ring featuring twelve 1pt round brilliant diamonds set discreetly into the sides of the band.
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