Pre-notched settings are a great and easy way to set faceted gemstones. A pre-notched setting has claws with little grooves (notches) already cut into them to save you time in having to create the notches yourself in clawed settings
Our selection of pre-notched settings give you the options to create pendants, earrings and rings in either 925 sterling silver or 14ct yellow gold. This style of setting comes in a variety of different sizes and with different connector fastenings.
Here we show you how to set a faceted gemstone in a pre-notched setting with easy to follow, pictured step-by-step instructions.
When the stone is in the setting ensure that the outside edge of the stone is sitting within the grooves (this is the 'pre-notched' bit) of the prongs.
Make sure that the setting is a good fit and the stone does't rattle about too much. If it is a little loose you may need to just gently adjust one or two of the prongs by using your pusher to push them closer to the stone and hold it tight.
Use a pusher to gently push the prongs over the top of the faceted stone, being careful not to mark the stone or bend one prong more than others causing the stone to sit off centre. We recommend working your way around the setting by pushing opposite prongs, adjusting a little bit each time to make sure that there is even pressure across the top of the stone and that the stone is held nice and secure.
Use a pusher (also known as a prong pusher) to simply push claws and bezels over stone during setting. The square metal rod is slightly rounded on the corners and polished on the end to minimise setting marks and scratches.
Here are some examples of our pre-notched settings with a selection of our gemstones set in them. Click on any of the images to view the setting.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you advice over email or on the phone.
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