Guide to Setting Styles Prong Diamond Settings Also known as a claw, this is the classic setting where two or more prongs wrap around the crown of a stone to secure it in place. This mounting style minimises the amount of metal used, allowing more light to pass through the diamond or gemstone. Shared Prong Setting A variation of the classic prong setting, the prongs wrap around the crown of a stone to secure it in place. This also minimises the amount of metal and allowing more light to pass through the diamond. Channel Setting Diamonds or gemstones are secured in place between vertical metal walls, creating a smooth channel. It is a contemporary setting where the stones are nestled side by side with no metal in between. Pave Setting Diamonds or gemstones are set low and very close together using tiny beads. The surface of the ring will appear to be encrusted with stones for a brilliant effect. Bezel Settings A metal rin surrounds a diamond or gemstone by the girdle to secure it in place. This dramatic setting style can create the illusion of a larger stone.