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    Setting Styles: A Guide to Choosing your Perfect Engagement Setting

    Choosing a setting for your future engagement ring can be a beautiful representation of your personal style, and is an important factor in enhancing the look of your diamond. These eco-friendly, socially responsible engagement styles below can help you decide on your perfect setting.


     The Bezel Settiing

     A recycled gold, bezel set Twig ring features a thin "collar" of 18k yellow gold metal surrounding the the diamond. Bezel setting is one of the oldest gemstone mounting techniques yet is still looks very modern and streamlined. This style of setting is labor intensive, the bezel must be formed to fit the exact size and shape of the diamond and folded over smoothly to hold the stone in place.


    The Pave Setting

    A gorgeous pave set recycled white gold 'Odessa' ring by Laura Preshong Ethical Wedding Collection is a fine example of a hand done pave setting.  Pave attempts to cover the desired surface with small brilliant cut round diamonds to create a "paved" affect. Tiny diamonds are placed in small holes drilled into the setting surface,  tiny bits of metal are then pushed over the edge of each diamond, forming tiny beads holding them in place.


    The Halo Setting

    Halo set is a border of small stones surrounding a single large center stone.  This contemporary take on a classic Edwardian style ring enhances the center stone by surrounding it with the brilliance and fire of multiple pave set diamonds.



    The 4-Prong Setting

    Prong set is one of the most common methods for holding a stone since it puts the emphasis on the diamond rather than the ring holding it. Prongs are the 4-6 metal claws rise out of the band that bend over the edge of the stone holding it securely in place.

    The Bezel Setting with Stone Clusters

    Cluster set diamonds are when several smaller diamonds flank a large center diamond or other gemstone. There are many unique options for how custer rings can be arranged, but often the designs are stylized floral or simple geometric patterns.

    The Flush/Gypsy Setting

    Flush set diamonds are sunk into the band until they are nearly level or flush with the ring surface. Only the table of the diamond and some of the facets on the crown are exposed. Subtle and contemporary this setting style has become very popular even though it does not allow maximum light to enter the diamond.

    The Shared Prong (French) Setting


    Shared Prong Set is simply another style of prong setting, and as the name implies several diamonds are set side by side sharing the same prongs.  This setting technique uses less metal than pave setting which allows more light to shine through the diamonds for maximum sparkle.





    Laura's Rings in Boston Magazine! Wedding Spring/Summer 2013

    You can barely see Flower Halo ring in the  "A Colorful Affair" feature in the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of Boston Wedding Magazine.

     The Flower Halo ring, up close and personal. A contemporary classic fabricated by hand in 14k mine-free white gold with a cornflower blue sapphire. Shown with the Flora, bud and leaf band.





    Monday Inspiration : Handmade 

     Which of these handmade inspirations is your favorite?

    Handmade Lino Block Wallpaper by Martha Armitage London. Gasp.

  beloved Breton stripe pattern on a platter by Paula Greif Ceramics. All of the dishes in my house are handmade, three complete sets from different artists, they last , friends love them, and I feel special at every meal.

    Handmade 18k gold ethical engagement ring by Laura Preshong. This ring is entirely handmade using mine-free gold sheet and wire. The gold is handformed, hammered, sanded, soldered and the diamonds set.


    January's Birthstone: The Garnet


    Hailed for friendship and love, the mighty Garnet has been used to ward off infertility and open the Gates of Valhalla. This 18k gold and bubble garnet ring created by Boston jeweler Sarah Nehama is sure to fill the love and Gates of Valhalla promises.

    A Renaissance high karat gold and garnet fish brooch from my beloved V&A Collections. This piece is stunning, it exemplifies handmade. I love it.

    A timeless Cartier Amthyest, Garnet, Pink and Yellow Topaz Ring is yours (or mine) for 5500.00.


    Inspiring Emerald Green

    Emerald, the color of sophistication and harmony, the birthstone for May, and Pantone's Color of the Year 2013 is the must have wedding color inspiration for the year to come. Another 'Must Have' is this wedding dress from one of my favorite designers, Jenny Peckham.


    Structured whimsy in a beautifully elegant cake using emerald green fondant from The Cake Whisperer.


    Emerald green, Green Onyx and gold fill earrings available in the gallery for 168.00.

    Contact the gallery to purchase.




    Laura in Go Magazine for AirTran!


    A nice little blurb about Boston Shopping and Laura Preshong Jewelry in Airtran's Go Magazine.

    "Go" Laura!


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


    Thank You to everyone who helped make 2012 a great year, in the gallery and out.

    xoxoxoxoxox Hugs and Kisses, Laura, Hannah and Amy. xoxoxoxoxox


    Ho Ho Ho Holiday Designer Trunk Shows..this weekend.


    Amazing Cuff Bracelets from the WJA Diva Awards


    Two of my favorite artists, Pamela Froman and Annie Fensterstock took top awards at this years 2012 WJA Diva Awards, now in it’s 15th year. The craftsmanship is truly top caliper, excellent work ladies.


    Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry palladium "Ice Princess" cuff, featuring rainbow Moonstones (15.00 TCW) accented with diamonds.

    Annie Fensterstock blackened sterling silver and 22K yellow gold cuff, featuring white and fancy colored diamonds (11.91 TCW) and Sapphires (7.30 TCW).




    On The Bench: Tulip and Leaf Basket Prong Settings


    The ideas sketched out for the ring settings....and

    The gorgeous hand made, recycled 14k royal yellow gold prong style bridal settings shown still in the fabrication process. These settings will now be mounted onto the ring bands and set with conflict free, socially responsible diamonds right here in Boston.