chan·nel | ˈcha-nᵊl
A type of mounting in which gemstones are set into a channel, between two metal rails
In jewelry terms, the word channel refers to a mounting technique for gemstones. With this gemstone mounting option, the gemstones are set into a “channel” in the piece of jewelry. This channel is flanked by two rails of the jewelry’s precious metal, such as silver, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum. Many different pieces of jewelry can contain channels, including rings - especially engagement rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Channels are especially popular in modern women’s jewelry. The gemstones placed in a channel are held in place by the grooves in the precious metal rails on either side of the stones. Gemstones set in channels are very secure, and using channels to place and secure accent diamonds for engagement rings is increasingly popular these days. This jewelry technique most recently became popular in the 1990s, but it’s showing no signs of fading away. Many of the jewelry pieces we sell in our store, especially engagement rings or gemstone rings, contain channels.