col·let | ˈkä-lət
A round band of metal encircling a gemstone to hold it in place
Also known as a bezel setting, the collet setting is designed as a ring, or rim, of metal, which rises at 90 degrees to reach the surface of the area intended. It is designed to surround the outer edge of a gemstone.The top edge of the collet is then lowered onto the crown of the stone, fastening the gem into place. Collets vary in style; for instance, they may be entirely plain, or intricately enhanced with carvings, piercings, and/or millegraining. Naturally, a collet requires a dual function by creating a foundation of the design and holding the gemstone in place. Oftentimes, superior gemstones are cut specifically for weight and therefore are offered in non-traditional sizes. Many collet-lovers even embark on making their own collet jewelry. A popular trend is the collet-style engagement ring. This ring is inspired by the long-established collet setting from Georgia. This setting was commonly found on riviere necklaces, and was styled in silver with closed backs.