Using The Powerful Pressure Setting To Get 1 Carat Solitaire For 1/10th Cost

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Powerful is not a word that many use in the context of jewellery. But, pressure setting in jewellery is an exception, at least for us here at KuberBox. Luxury diamond & jewellery retailers may diss at attributing the “powerful” tag to pressure setting in jewellery, as you will learn shortly. For brands like KuberBox, which consider providing affordable yet stylish diamond jewellery as their founding principles, the pressure setting in diamonds is a blessing. Before we run ahead of ourselves, let’s first understand what is a “setting“?

What is “setting” in jewellery context?

Setting” in jewellery refers to the way the diamonds or gemstones are studded on a piece of jewellery. The setting may be done with or without the use of “collets“, with or without using metal jaws (called “prongs“) to hold the diamonds & gems in place.

A “Collet” is a basket shaped metal piece with a halo on which a diamond or gem can be seated. In laymen terms, it is a socket to hold the base of the gem.

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Pressure Setting in Jewellery

pressure setting diamond jewelleryPressure setting is a form of setting of diamonds or gemstones where 7 or more smaller diamonds are set together using a collect and a few prongs, such that all these small diamonds combined together give the appearance of a single large diamond or solitaire. Often, in traditional pressure setting, no prongs are used to set the centre diamond, while 6 prongs are used around the outer six diamonds. The centre diamond sits in its place under the pressure applied by the outer six diamonds (thus the name, pressure setting) and is set on a relatively lower platform than the outer diamonds.

Pressure setting creates the illusion of a Solitaire diamond using small melee diamonds. 


Anatomy of Pressure Setting

  1. Notice how the prongs are strategically placed in between the space left by two adjoining diamonds. The prongs are sized so as to fill up all the space available, thereby providing a round edge to the whole setting.
  2. Notice how the centre diamond sits under the pressure from the encircling diamonds.

Prong Collet Samples

Question: Can a jewellery have multiple setting styles?

Answer: Yes. There are many different setting styles, like prong setting, pave setting, plate prong setting, channel setting, etc, and it is possible that a piece of jewellery can have multiple setting styles. For instance, in the example below, while the centre gem is set in a prong setting, the accent diamonds are set in pave setting. 

How to Get 1-carat Solitaire Cheaply

Now that you are aware of all the technicalities, let us come back to the main theme of this blog post – How to get a 1 Carat Solitaire look at 1/10th of the cost?

While the textbook definition of a solitaire is a single diamond of at least one carat weight, a solitaire, in daily parlance, is generally referred to a single piece of diamond that is sufficiently big in size. How big exactly? It should be big enough to comfortably look like a distinct piece of diamond from an arm’s length distance. At KuberBox, we term anything above 0.20 carats or 1/5th of a Carat to be a solitaire.

We have already learnt how the pressure setting can be used to achieve a solitaire look and that is the answer to the primary question of this post. The pressure setting is the solution using which you can get a 1 carat solitaire at 1/10th the usual cost. Therefore, if you are not looking to spend excessively and you still want a solitaire, this is as good as it gets. Go for a jewellery with a pressure setting. The infographic below will provide you with a realistic comparison between the price for a real solitaire & a pressure-set solitaire illusion.

1 carat solitaire for cheap - pressure setting

Infographic on How To Get 1 Carat Solitaire at 1/10th the Cost

You can see that, where you’d have spent INR 300,000 (USD 4655.00) on a 1-carat Solitaire, you can get an equivalent look for as little as INR 30,000 (USD 465.00). It doesn’t take a genius to know how big a savings that is. That is 1/10th of the original cost, and that is really significant. Now you know why we call it “powerful”.

Here are some of our products that make use of this setting and which you can buy from our website – 

Yana Bloom Stud Earrings Yana Bloom Stud Earrings God's Eye Ring God’s Eye Ring Almost-A-Solitaire Ring Almost-A-Solitaire Ring
Jazba Dazzling Ring Jazba Dazzling Ring Wendy Ring Wendy Ring Teen Phool Ring Teen Phool Ring


Other names for the Pressure Setting

It’s also called the solitaire setting, the illusion setting (wrong usage but is prevalent), the precious setting, cluster setting, etc. The complete look is sometimes referred to as Solitaire look-a-like, and we like to call them Soli-illusion (Solitaire + Illusion). Know of any more? Tell us in the comments sections. 

Limitations of the pressure setting 

As with everything in the universe, the pressure setting has some limitations.

  1. This setting works best when the overall size of the setting is small. For instance, it works more successfully if you wish to achieve the look of a 1-carat solitaire, then if you wish to achieve the look of a 2-carat solitaire. What it means is that as the overall diameter of the setting increases, it becomes difficult to keep the illusion a secret and the gaps between the diamonds start becoming visible. Therefore, go for a jewellery where the size isn’t too big to become obvious. 
  2. It is not everyone’s cup of tea – It takes an experienced team to put together this setting with perfection and therefore, not every brand or manufacturer would be able to achieve the required results successfully. At KuberBox, we have done this time and again and are confident that our results will find favour with your taste and expectations. Check out the pressure setting jewellery in our collection
  3. It has to be kept clean – This isn’t the best choice if do not want to spend any time cleaning your jewellery. When dust and grime settle on the diamonds, they loose their shine and then it starts becoming apparent that the diamonds used are small ones. Therefore, keep your pressure setting clean and dust free.
  4. Better diamonds for better results – This setting is partly successful because of the reflecting nature of diamonds. So, when the diamonds are glittering and shiny, that shine blinds you into not seeing the gaps between the diamonds. Therefore, one must always try and use the best quality diamonds for this setting such that the shine and the lustre of the diamonds keep the illusion intact.


Questions & Queries

If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them for you. Please post your queries in the comment section below and subscribe to our blog for more such insightful posts. 

FAQ Section Of Pressure Setting

What is a setting in jewelry?

“Setting” in jewellery refers to the way the diamonds or gemstones are studded on a piece of jewellery. The setting may be done with or without the use of “collets“, with or without using metal jaws (called “prongs“) to hold the diamonds & gems in place.

Is Solitaire more expensive than diamond?

When comparing two gemstones with the same cut, clarity, and color, solitaire diamonds tend to have more weight and are more expensive. Generally, solitaire diamonds have a minimum weight of 0.30 carat, while other rings may have more gemstones but lighter carat weights.

Using The Powerful Pressure Setting To Get 1 Carat Solitaire For 1/10th Cost by Team KuberBox




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