Stone Setting and Remounting
Gibson City & Bloomington, IL
If you have antique or damaged necklaces, rings, or other items sitting in your jewelry box that you aren’t sure what to do with, try remounting them. Remounting your jewelry is a great way to keep older, significant jewelry items and turn them into new, fashionable pieces. At Hustedt Jewelers, we can make your favorite used pieces look gorgeous and like new again by fashioning them into your desired setting.
What Does it Mean to Remount a Jewelry Setting?
The jewelry setting, also known as the jewelry mounting, is the metal base of your earrings, necklace, pin, pendant, or any of your other jewelry items that hold the stones in place. Remounting a jewelry item is a customization option that allows you to restore your older or damaged jewelry pieces and transform them into a more modern style. Our experts at Hustedt Jewelers carefully take the stones out of your current pieces and place them in a more contemporary setting.
Why Do People Choose to Remount Their Jewelry?
Remounting your jewelry gives you a reason to hold on to older or damaged jewelry items, rather than throwing out some of your favorite or more meaningful pieces. By remounting your items, you can have custom jewelry that’s both trendy and classic. People may remount their jewelry to:
- Repair broken or worn-out pieces: If your favorite piece of jewelry is cracking, breaking, or worn down, you can get it remounted and repaired rather than paying for full restoration.
- Update old jewelry to fit current trends: You may have jewelry pieces you no longer wear because they seem dated or are no longer in style. Remounting allows you to take your favorite parts of the older jewelry piece and revamp it to fit current trends.
- Combine old pieces to make a new one: You can take two pieces and merge them to create a unique look. Some people do this for sentimental or symbolic reasons, like merging a mother and grandmother’s separate pieces into one.
- Preserve antique pieces: Many people like to take older, antique jewelry passed down from previous generations and remount them to create trendy pieces with a bit of the classic style mixed in. Grooms or brides often take older jewelry pieces from their parents or grandparents and remount them to make newer, fashionable engagement or wedding rings that serve as a reminder of their family history.
- Save money on newer pieces: Though the costs vary depending on the type of jewelry item you wish to remount, it’s usually a less expensive process than buying a brand-new piece. We can walk you through the remounting process to communicate our design plans and how they reflect with the cost.
What Are the Common Types of Jewelry Settings to Remount?
When you decide to remount your jewelry, there are numerous settings you can choose from. Here are some of the most common jewelry setting remount types:
- Prong: This is one of the most popular jewelry settings available. The prongs look like metal claws and extend from the base of the ring to carefully hold the stone in place. They can be attached to a base beneath them or a solid metal backing. If you’re hoping for a shiny stone that reflects a lot of light, you can use a basket style that sits underneath the prongs and positions your stone up high to catch the reflection easily.
- Bar: The stone on this piece stays in place using elongated bars to present it. This style usually looks good on rings displaying several stones or diamonds in a row.
- Invisible: This is a modern setting that holds the stone in place with a metal cup attached to the band. The stone is exposed between the band, without any metal obstructing its view.
- Channel: If you have several gemstones to display, a channel setting is a great remounting option, as the stones elegantly wrap around the metal. The stones are placed inside of a channel in the band to hold the gemstones in place.
- Bezel: A bezel setting is very common because the way it sits makes the stone appear larger and fuller. The metal band wraps around the stone to snugly hold it in place.
- Flush: This setting has a diamond or stone sitting in a hole with the rest of the band surrounding it. It looks similar to a bezel setting, but the metal doesn’t wrap around the stone’s face and instead cradles it to present the diamond within the hole.
- Cluster: If you want to display multiple diamonds or stones at the front of your ring, try the cluster setting. This setting’s design usually represents a unique shape, like grapes or a heart.
- Pave: For stones that have more of a round cut, the pave setting allows jewelers to make several imprints on the metallic surface to hold and display the stone properly. The jeweler also reshapes the small prongs to hold other stones surrounding the larger round stone together. This allows the larger round stone to have a more prominent look, so the metal barely shows. When it’s finished, you’ll see the large, usually reflective stone surrounded by several tiny stones giving off an elegant look.
- Pressure: With this setting, the pressure of the metal within the ring holds the stones steady. A large round stone usually sits in the middle, while several smaller round stones surround it to give the piece a traditional prong style. The pressure within each stone is what’s holding the middle stone and each supporting stone in place.
- Tension: The tension setting also works by holding the stones in place using pressure instead of prongs. Pressure is exerted on the stones as the small grooves in the metal act as a shelf to support the stones’ edges. This makes the stone look like it’s suspended in the air with no support.
Remounting your stone and metal settings are great ways to add a custom look to any worn-out or damaged jewelry. At Hustedt Jewelers, our specialty is creating custom jewelry that’s both personalized and fashionable. Stop in today and we’ll walk you through the process of touching up your older jewelry and adding a unique style to each of your pieces.