Glossary of watchmaking

Invisible setting

Serti invisible | インヴィジブル・セッティング | 隐形式镶嵌

A groove is cut into a rounded 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 by Cartier in 1933. Because the name "mystery setting" was patented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1936, "invisible setting" is used to describe both these techniques.