Variations of basket settings have been used for centuries to create diamond earrings. This simple two-tier setting consists of a pair of wires circles, connected by four upright prongs. Once created only by hand, most of today’s baskets are cast from yellow gold, white gold, and platinum.
The delicate wire design of basket set earrings provides clean detail to traditional diamond studs. The basket settings’ open-style back allows for an earring to be set low, making it a favorite for those who desire a diamond that lies closer to the ear. The wire frame cage works of these traditional baskets are still preferred by many over other more contemporary designs used in earrings today.