Big Bang Baguettes
Instead of ignoring them, several designers glorify lowly
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
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,"
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