Diamond Reset Process
By Abraham Zapata , Monday, March 12, 2012 5:08 AM
Whether updating to a trendy style or enhancing a solitaire into a three stone ring, deciding to have your diamond reset into a something new is a great way to increase your investment and hold on to a sentimental diamond while spicing things up. Many people fear having diamonds reset, worrying they will chip or damage during the process. While understandable, it’s always good to keep in mind that diamonds are one the strongest substances on the planet – and that a good jeweler will always treat your diamonds with the best of care. Most diamonds are set in one of the following ways:
• Prong Set: With prongs or claws creating a head for the diamond to rest
• Bead Set: With metal displaced around the diamond to hold it in place, and the metal is then “beaded” with a special tool around the diamond.
• Bezel Set: A strip of metal wrapped around the diamond, encasing it along its perimeter to keep it in place.
• Channel Set: Recessed/Grooved areas in metal keep the diamond in place by tension.
Whichever the setting choice, removing the diamond is usually a relatively simple process in which the jeweler bends or removes metal holding it in place. There are specialized tools that put back pressure on prongs so that little or no force is applied to the diamond for a safe removal. Once your diamond is free, it can then take the new form of whatever you decide it to be.
Some enjoy converting their simple solitaire designs into three stone settings to represent yesterday, today and tomorrow. You can play with proportion and style by having your diamonds reset with stones of matching size and shape, alternating size and/or shape, or by mixing with other gemstones. You can also have a diamond reset along with two smaller stones in a trillion shape to help lead the eye to your center diamond. The combinations are endless!
Others enjoy the option of converting a diamond set in a classic design into a more contemporary style, and vice versa. Even using combinations of the different diamond settings listed above can dramatically change the appearance of your diamond. Sometimes just changing the metal type can be the update needed to freshen up a piece a fine jewelry. Explore different options online and see which best suits your personality and taste.
The simple truth is that while diamonds will never go out of style, you can bet the type of jewelry its set in will! Whether for a change of pace or a symbolic transition into something new there are many great options to have your diamond reset. Remember; while styles may change, you and your diamond are one of a kind!
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