Hold Your Head High: The Tiffany Setting
Over 130 years after the invention of the “Tiffany Setting” by Charles Louis Tiffany, it is hard to imagine engagement rings without the iconic design. Until Mr. Tiffany proposed the groundbreaking new style of ring setting, stones were originally nestled in a bezel setting, half-hidden or obscured by the mounting. It was the Tiffany setting that lifted the classic round brilliant cut diamond above the wearer’s finger, cradling the stone in a six-prong head, providing the illusion of a graceful, floating gem.
The elevated setting and clean design of Tiffany & Company’s now signature style allows free movement of light in and around the stone. In addition, the comparatively thin prong tips do not detract from the diamond’s crown, keeping it secure while showcasing its beauty.
With the advent of luxurious platinum and white gold on the jeweler’s bench, the Tiffany setting could be crafted in a tarnish-free white metal instead of traditional silver. The whiteness of the metal enhances a colorless diamond’s appearance and allows the setting to virtually disappear.
Adaptable to stones of all shapes and sizes, the innovative setting proved one of the most popular settings for jewelry lovers and is considered both an icon of jewelry design history and the gold standard in solitaire engagement rings.
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