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Claw Setting

Claw setting, or ‘prong setting’ as it is more  commonly  known,  is  the  easiest  method  of  setting  a  gemstone  and  is  probably  the  most  popular  setting.  The  claw  setting  allows  the  optimum  amount  of  light  to  pass  through  the  stone, maximising its brilliance. 

There are usually four or six “claws” of metal  that reach around the gem’s girdle to hold it in  place.  Although the pieces of metal on show can  be carved or be made into creative shapes, they  are usually rounded to prevent catching.

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A Trilogy of claw set Rhodonite Garnet.