In this post, we will visit our custom jeweler's bench where he has been working on a special ring that employs the French-cut pavé method of setting diamonds. The goal of this setting technique is to see as little of the metal as possible and to create the illusion that the ring is made entirely of diamonds. To do this the jeweler cuts small "V" shapes into the metal for setting the stones. This is different from the more common bead-set pavé, which in addition to using small beads of metal for setting the diamonds also incorporates side rails that feature milgrain details. (Think Edwardian jewelry.)
This series of pictures begins with the ring "blank" and follows the jeweler's progress, taking it from rough to refined.