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Jewellery trend: Stones within stones

Embedding one precious gemstone into another is a popular trend these days, giving the way to creations which stand out for (bold) status, volumetric balance and harmonious lines.

Originating in ancient Egypt, the “art of inlay” requires exceptional skill and precision as each stone is meticulously carved and shaped before being set directly into another. One piece can take over a year to make, but the end result is well worth the wait, with the absence of metal lending the stones a weightless quality.

Images and captions: The Jewellery Editor
The deep brownish greenish yellow diamond in Tiffany & Co.'s ring, from the 2014 Masterpiece collection, is inlaid into an opal encircled by a swath of coloured diamonds.
The deep brownish greenish yellow diamond in Tiffany & Co.’s ring, from the 2014 Masterpiece collection, is inlaid into an opal encircled by a swath of coloured diamonds.
Bogh-Art white gold ring with a 3ct pear-shaped diamond inlaid into a light green Paraiba tourmaline.
Bogh-Art white gold ring with a 3ct pear-shaped diamond inlaid into a light green Paraiba tourmaline.
Kara Ross Cava ring with a central cabochon chrysoprase set into rock crystal.
Kara Ross Cava ring with a central cabochon chrysoprase set into rock crystal.
Boucheron's Trésor de Perse ring, created for the Biennale des Antiquaires 2014, features a historic 16ct cabochon sapphire set into carved rock crystal with chalcedonies and diamonds.
Boucheron’s Trésor de Perse ring, created for the Biennale des Antiquaires 2014, features a historic 16ct cabochon sapphire set into carved rock crystal with chalcedonies and diamonds.
Lorenz Baumer's Trevi ring features a 7.54ct. sapphire set into rock crystal, accentuated with diamonds and sapphires.
Lorenz Baumer’s Trevi ring features a 7.54ct. sapphire set into rock crystal, accentuated with diamonds and sapphires.

 

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