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September 1999

Diamond News

Big Bang Baguettes

Instead of ignoring them, several designers glorify lowly baguettes

Baguette diamonds are assuming more of a starring role in jewelry designs, serving as a focal point instead of their more traditional use as mere accents.

"I find they enhance jewelry," says Robin Garin of Kwiat Couture by Robin Garin, New York City. "It's like having a full palette; they complement round diamonds. It's a different geometric shape and gives another design element to work with."

Also using baguettes extensively – 30 or 40 in one piece – is New York City designer Charles Krypell. He uses tapered and straight baguette diamonds to add modulation and movement. "It's difficult to taper a channel, and it's difficult to find stones that taper gradually to get that movement," he says.

Despite the difficulty, more designers are using channel setting for baguettes, says Greg Pelonis of Mr. Baguette Ltd., New York City. "Women like it because it doesn't catch on their clothes," he says. "We're making geometric shapes, square patterns, more straight lines."

Supply Is the Secret

The secret to creating jewelry with lots of baguettes is warehousing them in a proper manner, says Krypell. "You buy enough of them so you can assure the jeweler you have a continuing supply," he says. "Then the jeweler can assure the customer that when she comes back in six months or six years to get a matching piece, you'll be able to supply a piece with the same color, quality and size of baguettes."

– by Jack Heeger

Top rings: Charles Krypell has made baguettes a signature style.
Necklace and earrings from Kwiat Couture by Robin Garin use baguettes imaginatively.

Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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