Capturing the light

 

 

In order to enhance the lumisosity and brilliance of the Garnet, sheet of silver foil with a red tint (paillon) is delicately cut then placed inside the setting. It served to reflect the light and give brilliance to the stone. The “paillon” is usually the same colour of the stone except in the case of « brésils », which means citrines placed on red “paillon”, giving them orange reflexion.

This very old process is closely linked to the technique of closed setting which consist of surrounding the stone in a metal base that completely encompasses it. This mounting is performed with a file, then the metal is finely beaten into shape.

After delicately placing the “paillon” in the claw setting, the Garnet stone is placed on an internal groove. Then it has to be hermetically sealed together.

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