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Can you show me some ideas for split shanks?

kt

Shiny_Rock
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Finally! I sent my lovel peachy-pink spinel off to DanielM for setting. I've decided to give a halo a try, and while I first thought i'd use an LOGR setting, the one I got was waaay too lightweight and thin for someone like me - i'd probably snap it, or lose some stones within a month as I often don't remember to take my jewelry off and go running after my toddler. And it wasn't inexpensive after all the upgrades and customization! But when I put the stone in, i'm convinced a halo is the way to go to maximize the stone.

So I've decided for a white gold halo with white gold prongs (smooth on the outer edge), and either rose gold or yellow gold split shank - plain, without melee. Caren then asked me if I wanted something rounded or flat, but i'm not too sure, so would love your opinions or inspiration photos!

Here's a photo of my stone - I really loooove the color, it's unusual and just GLOWS in the light (it's precision cut). 9x7mm

Should I just go with a simple rounded split shank? should I have it "ridged" with some lines? Should i have them curve a bit? Do you think yellow or rose gold (leaning towards rose)? not sure if there were any other creative ideas out there? THANKS!!!

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JewelFreak

Ideal_Rock
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I'd go for rg with that stone, though w/care not to have it too rosy.

What about something like these, un-melee'd:

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SB621

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chrono

Super_Ideal_Rock
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I'm not sure if there's any benefit to having the shank rose or yellow when the center stone is being surrounded by a white halo. The purpose of having a rose or yellow metal placed right next to the stone is to play up or play down certain undertones. With a white metal and melees around the spinel, it becomes a personal preference to have a mixed metal setting because I don't think having either a rose or yellow metal will do much for the stone anymore.

I'm not sure what's a "ridged" split shank. I think having a bit of curvature is always a good thing as it looks more natural.
 

kt

Shiny_Rock
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Thanks so much for the ideas!! I realize that while the gold is not right up against the stone, I was hoping when looking down on it the shank might still provide some visual interest...I think i'm going with rose (definitely not too pink!).

As for "ridged" --> I think I meant maybe "beveled" edge? Just to provide some interest and not make it TOO plain. I will ask Caren her opinions as well. and I definitely agree, curved lines would be nice...
 
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