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Pavé Setting Styles

education & resources

Pavé Setting Styles

Choosing a setting style is such a personal choice in jewelry. It's a tiny detail, but it can have a big impact on the overall look of a piece of jewelry. This week I'm talking about a few of my favorite pavé setting styles, and the pros and cons of each particular style. What is pavé, anyways? The word is French in origin and means pavement, as in paved with bricks. Therefore, pavé refers to a piece of jewelry that has a significant portion of its surface area covered in tiny diamonds set very close together, like bricks on a...

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Parts of a Faceted Gemstone

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Parts of a Faceted Gemstone

A faceted gemstone has several key aspects. The table is the very top, flat, polished face of a faceted gemstone. The crown is the general top section of the gemstone, above the girdle. The girdle is the widest point of the gemstone, and consists of a thin row of tiny facets. When viewed from above, the shape of the girdle determines the shape of the gemstone itself (oval, round, princess cut, etc). Facets are the tiny polished "faces" of the gemstone. The culet (if it exists; it's not always present) is the tiny facet on the very bottom of the...

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Gemstone Love: Emerald

Gemstone Love: Emerald

Birthstone month: MayColor: GreenFamily: BerylMoh's Hardness: 7.5-8Transparency: Semi-translucent to transparent Emerald is a semi-translucent to transparent variety of beryl that is distinguished by it's vibrant, blue-green hue. If the color leans too far towards blue or yellow, it's no longer recognized as emerald, but simply as beryl. Milky inclusions and fissures visible to the naked eye are fairly standard in emeralds, and are one of their most recognizable attributes. Are all emeralds "emerald cut"? No, but many are! The emerald cut, which refers to an octagon shaped gemstone with long, step-cut facets, was originally designed specifically for emeralds. Because they...

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What's a Cabochon Gemstone?

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What's a Cabochon Gemstone?

There are two very general categories for polished gemstones: faceted and cabochon. Cabochons come in many different shapes, but what really defines a cabochon is that it has a smooth, domed surface. A faceted gemstone, meanwhile, has a surface covered in tiny faces, or facets. A cabochon is often the cut of choice for opaque and semi-transparent stones, in order to better show off their color. This style is excellent for displaying desirable inclusions, as in rutilated quartz. Below is a variety of cabochon gemstones in different shapes. Cabochons also emphasize asterism (a star-like illusion on the dome of the...

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How to Pick the Right Matching Wedding Band

engagement & wedding rings

How to Pick the Right Matching Wedding Band

There are two basic types of wedding bands: straight and contour. A straight wedding band is the more classic style. It's a continuous, uninterrupted circle that represents the eternity of a marriage pact. A contour wedding band is a more modern variation that is made to follow the contours of your engagement ring. Below, you can see how an engagement ring with a woven, pavé shank would look with the two different types of wedding bands. Some engagement rings, such as this one, work with both kinds of wedding bands. More unusual engagement rings, like the antique ring below, are...

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