With a nearly unlimited amount of variations available, semi-mountings provide a ring purchaser with a wide range of customization. With a semi-mounting you are purchasing just the mounting, meaning you can choose the diamond size, quality, and shape to perfectly match the ring to any personality. Semi-mountings are also perfect for resetting unworn gems and setting hard to find loose diamond shapes like heart and pear shapes. At Michael C. Fina we specialize in semi-mountings and will work with you to create the perfect ring.
There are as many different styles of semi-mountings, just as there are different types of relationships. The most common type of mounting is the solitaire. A solitaire ring is a traditional setting that features a single center gemstone. Sleek, traditional, classic.
The center gem is typically set with either four prongs or six prongs. Four prongs is traditional and leaves much of the area of the gem exposed to offer maximum surface for light, making the gem shine as bright as possible. A six prong setting offers more security, but the extra metal can obscure more of the gem.
Another popular setting is the three-stone setting. This setting features two large accent diamonds next to a larger center diamond. The three diamonds represent the past, present, and future of a relationship.
While traditional settings are stunning, some people want something just a little more ornate. For these people accent gems are a necessity. There are many different ways to set accent gems, including channel, bezel, burnish, bead, invisible set, and pavé. Each of these settings gives the side gems a slightly different look, allowing more or less light to enter the gem by using more or less metal. No matter what way the accent gems are set they offer a rich accent to the center diamond.
Contemporary designers have utilized modern technology and developed unique ways to set the center diamond adding a bold, original look to their rings. One popular modern style is the tension setting. In this setting the center diamond seems to float, with nothing supporting it from underneath. On the sides it is held in place by the band itself, pressing on the diamond to keep it from moving.