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Side stones are the smaller stones that are on either side of the main stone and are sometimes incorporated into the band. These smaller side stones come in a variety of shapes and styles and are made to complement and highlight the main stone without detracting from it.
A split shank refers to the part of the band that splits in two as it connects to the center stone or halo to create a V-shape on both sides. Split shanks are often seen on vintage-inspired styles, since they’re more ornate than modern rings. It should be noted that not all split shanks are the same, as the gap between the V-shape can be wider or narrower which impacts the overall ring style.
Pavé comes from the French word for “paved,” which is très à propos, as pave settings refer to the very small diamonds that are inset or “paved” into the band or halo. It’s also worth noting that you may hear “micro pave” when talking about very small diamonds that are inset into the band’s metal.
When it comes to channel settings, think of small diamond stones that are lined up in a tight row next to each other flush with the ring’s band. Unlike pave stones that are inset in the actual metal, channel stones are held into place and secured by two strips of metal on the top and bottom of the stones. With channel settings there are no spaces between individual diamonds, so it creates a clean and modern line of sparklyness.