Professional Jeweler Archive: Four Classic Styles of Mountings/Shanks

October 2002

For Your Staff/Selling Jewelry Styles

Four Classic Styles of Mountings/Shanks

This is 23rd in a series of articles Professional Jeweler is presenting on different styles of jewelry. Learning about different styles, selling points and where they come from can make your job more interesting and profitable

The Tiffany head is a high setting with four or six prongs and V-shaped openings between the prongs. It’s popular for solitaires, especially engagement rings.

14k six-prong setting features a high-profile round base setting and a high-shoulder half-round shank. Hoover & Strong, Richmond, VA; (804) 794-3700.

The buttercup head, resembling a flower bud, has six prongs rising from a scalloped base. Sometimes the head has a larger scalloped reflector plate under the base or starburst projections radiating from the prongs. These modified forms are used mostly for pendants and earrings.

14k gold mountings each hold a 0.50-ct. gemstone. Stuller, Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (800) 444-4741,,

Cluster settings hold many stones in a tight symmetrical pattern. One common example is six stones encircling one larger one. More elaborate clusters, often seen in cocktail rings, have two or more concentric stacked tiers. The cluster is often topped with a large center stone.

14k two-tone cluster setting features a half-round shank and slightly raised shoulders. Hoover & Strong, Richmond, VA; (804) 794-3700.

Adjustable rings are easy to slide over arthritic knuckles, wear on different fingers or adjust after gaining or losing weight. Simply pull up or press down on the shank to change the size.

This 18k white gold Signature Fit™ ring features a 7.98-ct. Mandarin garnet and 0.58 carat of diamond pavé. JFA Designs, Irvine, CA; (949) 263-9909, fax (949) 263-9910.

– by Lorraine M. O'Donnell, A.J.P.

Photos by Robert Weldon.

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