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