Does anyone know, technically speaking, the difference between European
and Royal pave setting. This is an urgent need to know on a technical
level. Thanks, Benjamin Mark

Dear Benjamin,
in Australia where I was taught to set, pave (I know there’s a grave over the
e but I don’t know where to find accents on my computer) setting was either
"regular" or “melee” (damn, another accent). Regular pave uses matched
diameter stones, while melee uses (usually) from 150 per caraters or
even smaller, to 0.05cts to 0.10cts. I still prefer to set melee pave -
it’s easier to fill up those awkward corners and gaps
between the larger diamonds. I have also heard pave referred to as
"formal" and “informal” corresponding to “regular” and “melee”.

Perhaps there might be a clue in the use of “royal” with its connotations
of formality, and therefore regular matched sizes. “European” may be a
traditional reference to the more exuberant and technically brilliant
style of some of the late 19th and early 20th century French (and
therefore European) setting.

But I’m only guessing - and looking forward to what more knowledgable
orchids or orchidists will contribute. Regards, Rex from Oz

Good morning Rex,
To use an accent “grave”, hold down the “alt” key and press “130”,
like so: " =E9", so that pave becomes pav=E9. The codes run from 130
to147. I don’t have the exact breakdown, but you can work it out if you
use it a great deal, and keep a sheet near the computer. As to pave, oops,
I mean pav=E9 as opposed to mel=E9e, I am looking for a different
situation. I was raised doing European pav=E9, which is setting clusters
of small diamonds and cleaning between the beads with a point tool and
then rounding the beads. Royal pav=E9 is completely different. Stones are
very tightly fit, and one bead holds three stones at the same time. A
method called “packing” is used to bring the single bead up to a high
enough level so that when rounded, it looks like a prong rather than a
bead. It’s gorgeous, and I know of only two people, besides myself, who
know how to do it. I am a neophyte however, in this area. I still work at
the bench occasionally, and have a customer who wants royal pav=E9. I am
asking other folks so that if someone knows something more than me, I can
learn from it. In any case, I thank you for your response, and hope I’ve
been helpful with your accents.

Warm regards, Benjamin Mark

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