In the world of pave setting the area that sits as top of the line is
Royal Pave. It is the area of pave setting that requires the most
meticulous attention… and–oh how I blush to say this–it is an
area in which I excel. It occurs to me–whilst searching for a
suitable topic for this week-- that some of you might be interested
in understanding a bit more about the methodology involved.
When setting royal pave all the girdles of the diamonds come within a
hair’s breadth of touching each other. One bead crosses the span
between three stones securing them in place. There are no beads
between the girdles as these are–for all practical purposes–just
about touching each other.
I do this on special order work only–it is a tad time consuming.
There was a time some time ago when I did a lot of it. I also keep a
sample of this type of setting on premises for those rare occasions
when someone comes to me and says in a raspy and somewhat gruff
voice: So Boychickle. Whaddya know how to do. It is as this point I
whip out my thing. Oops. 'Scuse me. My Royal Pave sample that is. I
always impress. Some of the items from days of yore were hearts. It
is–of course --easier to show this method to you than it is to speak
of it. A picture and a thousand words and all that. And so… off we
go… into the grand world of royal pave… matrix… and animated
gifs. Forgive me if this is boring. But I’m in it now and I could not
stop no matter how hard I would try. Compulsion is like that at
To show you the final result I decided to create a sample in
matrix… placing the prongs and diamonds and gold on different
colored layers for easy separation. This-- obviously–is for those
you familiar with CAD. After final matrix assembly I slowly pulled
back on diamonds and prongs and rendered each pull back… ultimately
saving each rendering as a GIF file. (You need GIFs for gif
I then reversed the order of each pull-back rendering to make the
image appear as if it were being assembled as if by magic before your
very eyes… ensuring all the while that each image was exactly the
same size. Then… into my favorite animation program… and voila!
In real life–of course–the resulant look is all a product of
original pave work.
Phew. Hope you like this. It may be a bit more dry and informative
that my usual devil- may-care approach… but what the heck. He who
does not dare to get his feet wet upon occasion usually ends up with
dry feet. Please don’t ask me what this means. I haven’t a clue. So.
Ya wanna see. Go then. You know where. It’s a worthwhile peek into the
intricacies of the maddened mind of skilled labor.
One quick word of guidance here. Though both Firefox and Explorer
will let you see the animation with equal clarity… only explorer
will let you hit “refresh” (F5) in order to view the animation again
should you so desire.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages a Royal Pave Heart set by none other than yours truly.
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.