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Cuts & Settings

Cuts and settings turn gorgeous jewelry into personal expression. Find a shape that suits your style, then scroll down to learn about settings that best complement your favorite stone.


The way a gemstone is cut can maximize its sparkle and beauty.

Cut Picture Description
Round Round cut The most popular gemstone cut, characterized by exquisite fire and brilliance. Accounts for 75% of all gemstone cuts today.
Princess Princess cut A relatively new cut with a square or slightly rectangular shape.
Emerald Emerald cut Also known as a "step cut," these rectangular gemstones have a clean, modern look.
Cushion Cushion cut One of the most brilliant cuts available, the cushion cut has deeper facets and rounded corners, making its fire even more evident.
Asscher Asscher cut This antique style of cut has stepped facets and cropped corners like the emerald cut with the shape of a princess cut.
Oval Oval cut Evenly cut and perfectly symmetrical, the oval cut has the fire of a round cut in an elongated package.
Marquise Marquise cut Created to mimic the gorgeous smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, this cut has tapered ends and a lean center.
Pear Pear cut A combination of the oval and marquise cuts, these teardrop-shaped gems make wonderful side stones, pendants and earrings.
Radiant Radiant cut Radiant cuts meld the brilliance of round cuts and the shape of princess cuts, maximizing fire with their many facets.
Heart Heart cut A lovely cut that is essentially an upside-down pear cut with a notch in the top.
Trillion Trillion cut This triangular-shaped cut varies between traditional straight lines to more rounded edges. Works beautifully as a side stone or in solitaire earrings.
Bullet Bullet cut Used primarily as a side stone, the bullet cut adds a triangular shape to the end of a rectangular stone.


A gem's setting is what makes it unique, letting you show off your personal sense of style.

Setting Picture Description
Channel Channel setting A tension setting that holds gemstones only by a slight rim of metal, which runs along the edges of the channel. Channel-set jewels are usually round or baguette shaped.
Pavé Pave setting To maximize the sparkle of smaller stones, they are positioned close together and set apart by tiny beads of precious metal. Round-cut stones are commonly used.
Prong Prong setting Traditional prong settings lift the gemstone away from the metal, holding it only by the corners. More light is allowed into the stone, creating excellent brilliance.
Trellis Trellis setting This setting crosses under the gemstone, creating the appearance of a trellis one would commonly find in a garden. It lifts the stone like traditional prong settings, but adds a touch of dramatic flair.
Cathedral Cathedral setting Crafted to imitate flying buttresses, the band in cathedral settings extends fully to meet the center stone on either side. This provides extra protection, keeping the gem safe.
Martini Martini setting A toastable setting shaped like a V, holding the stone with subtle prongs. Made to look like the traditional martini glass, it works best with round and princess-cut stones.
Bezel Bezel setting A ring of precious metal wraps fully around the gemstone, holding it securely in place. Creates a very modern look.
Flush Flush setting Flush settings are most commonly found in men's jewelry where the gem table is even with the band. A stylish, subtle way to set small stones.