Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Today's WORD-A-DAY: GYPSY SETTING
I haven't the foggiest why this type of setting is called "Gypsy," and if anyone knows the reason, we'd all be happy to find out. Usually used in rings, a gypsy setting is one where the stone is set into a deeply carved groove which has an etched star-shape on the surrounding surface, to accentuate the stone. This type of setting was very popular in the late Victorian era, and was also used in jewelry other than rings.