The Finer Details Of Design
There are many other details you may have to consider, but here are a couple of common ones you are likely to come across, including gem-setting techniques and jewellery design detailing.
Modern, sleek, and great for more active women. The shoulder diamonds are set with two strips or channels of metal, for a continuous row of sparkle.
A classic, pretty way to set shoulder diamonds, each stone is set with small claws called "beads". When multiple rows are set closely, this is called "pavé" and has a fantastic sparkle. When the diamonds are really small, and have to be set with a microscope, this is called "micro-pavé".
This is a really modern way of setting stones, with the metal entirely surrounding the stone. You can also have "semi-bezel" or "half-bezel". This technique is very secure.
Tension setting diamonds is a new technology, and comes with some risks. It's very modern and suited to someone who likes bolder, thicker bands. Our tension settings always have an "under bezel" (small ring of supportive metal under the stone) to stop the diamond coming loose.
This is simply the method of "sinking" the diamonds into the metal, creating a neat and contemporary appearance. This is one of the oldest methods of stone setting.
This is a variation of bead set, when U shaped cuts are made into the metal to show off more of the diamond. This creates extra sparkle as more light reaches the stone.
This refers to the number of little "finger-like" metal claws holding that secure the centre diamond. Double or triple claws are more popular with fancy shaped diamonds, heirloom rings, or to add a romantic touch to a simple solitaire design. They also have the added bonus of increased security.
These claws are used to set princess cut diamonds and other square or rectangular shaped stones. They are a more modern approach, and have a smooth finish that is unlikely to catch on hair or clothes.
The shank is another term for the band of the ring. A split shank means the band flares out into two, and is a very antique and elegant design approach. This is also great for long fingers, as it creates extra spread on the hand.
Millgrain & Filigree
Millgrain is small beads of metal used for a decorate effect. It's common among antique and modern art deco designs. It's often paired with filigree, which refers to detailed metalwork forming patterns and shapes.
You now should have a better idea of what look you want to achieve. But what to use as a centre stone? What does clarity, cut, colour, proportions, certification mean? Click here to read on.