There are many things to consider when designing your own jewellery. Below is some information on stones, metals and settings. If you can, a good place to start is by looking around at finished jewellery for the sort of thing you want. Once you have a good idea of what you have in mind David Gill Jewellery can create a sketch of it for your approval before making it and give you advise on the metal, setting etc.  Alternately, you can 'brain storm' your ideas with David and he will help you to come up with the perfect design for you.

Choosing your stone:

  • Diamonds
  • Occasion Stones - Birth, Month, Anniversary
  • Metaphysical Properties (alledged powers)


  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum


  • Bead - this effect is small, round beads of metal around the edge of the stone to hold it in place.
  • Box - The stone is incased in the box setting with the rim pressed over the edges to secure the stone.
  • Channel - Used for a row of stones, they are set into a deep groove of metal with the parallel sides bent over to secure them.
  • Claw - Projecting metal claws which clasp onto the rim (girdle) of the stone.
  • Cluster - Closely setting a group of small stones to give the effect of a larger stone.
  • Collet - Like the box set but with parts of the sides of the box removed to allow more light into the stone.
  • Crown - Projecting metal prongs bent over at the end to hold the rim (girdle) of the stone, like the claw setting but without the claw-shaped end.
  • Gypsy - Only the top of the stone is visible and is nearly level with the surrounding metal, the stone is set into a groove within the metal.
  • Rubover - The stone is encased in a flared metal cylinder fitting the taper angle of the stone, the top portion is bent over the stone to secure.
  • Tiffany - Used for a solitaire setting, it is made from six long, slender prongs bent over at the rim (girdle) of the stone to secure.