The inseparable partners-in-crime of silver in the STATEMENT playbook, diamonds require a specific know-how to illuminate the surface of a piece of jewellery: gem‑setting.
If you want to turn a smooth metal surface into a constellation of diamonds, you’ll be look at grain setting to create the pavé effect you’re after. This technique works best with sets of smaller stones of similar dimensions, and requires precision work assisted by a binocular microscope. The master stone-setter places each gemstone in little divots carved into the silver and secures them in place using minuscule metal balls.
Experience and precision are necessary to get consistent lines of diamond. It’s not just about aesthetics, either: too thin and the stones can eventually fall out; too thick and your light-catching facets are hidden.
For larger stones, like the Asscher-cut diamond at the heart of the MYWAY_06 ring and the half-moon shapes of the MOONLIGHT ring, prong setting is used. Thin silver pins are folded on at the corners of the stone, holding it like delicate fingers. Nestled in a metal lattice called a basket, the stone is then ready to reflect every facet of your personality.