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Glossary of watchmaking

Mystery setting

Serti mystérieux | ミステリー・セッティング | 神秘镶嵌法

Mystery setting

A groove is cut into a baguette stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible.

This technique was patented in 1933 as a "means of mounting precious stones" by Van Cleef & Arpels which registered "mystery setting" as a trade name in 1936.