gyp·sy set·ting | ˈjip-sē se-tiŋ
A setting in which the stone is sunk into the surrounding metal, leaving the top of the stone almost level with the top of the metal surface
A gypsy setting, sometimes also known as a “hammer setting” or “shot setting” involves sinking the stone into the metal enough that only the top of the stone is visible, making it almost flush with the top of the metal surface. It is similar to a bezel setting, but in a bezel setting, there is a rim of metal wrapped around the stone while in the gypsy setting, the stone is fully sunk into the metal and sits fully below the surface, resulting in a flush, bezel-less design. This is often used for men’s rings or for women who have active careers and worry about damage or loss of the stone on a ring if they move frequently. It is considered among the most secure stone settings and is a good way to protect jewelry in such situations.