A headline and a statement all rolled into one, that is the first thing I uttered when I laid eyes on this Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Serti Vibrant replica watch (see above). But it also made me immediately curious as to how Cartier accomplished it.
That sparkle is also why the way the diamond is presented is critical to the intended effect of razzle-dazzle we all love so much. Ooh, sparkly and shiny!
We could talk about the use of diamond for grinding, cutting, polishing, or as a heat sink; but really, that’s not why we are here. We are here because diamonds sparkle like almost nothing else on earth. That is why they are still so valuable.The dial shimmers as 123 individual diamonds move along with the motion of your wrist, separately and subtly.
For this reason, people have been experimenting with setting techniques for a long time, and a few examples have become part of jewelry canon. But Cartier has developed a new setting inspired by an old setting that looks to change the options available. That setting is called the vibrating setting, and it made its debut at SIHH 2015 with the diamonds fake Ballon Bleu de Cartier Serti Vibrant watch.
This is a general term used for a stone placed directly into the metal using gravers (or burins). For this setting, a recessed hole the size of the stone is cut with a ball bur and then the stone in placed into the opening. The most common diamond setting technique (aside from the prong setting you might recognize on a wedding ring) is the bead setting.
So I had to learn more about settings to understand why this was special and how it might have been achieved.
A sharp graver is then used to form a small lip in the metal (usually at four places) near the edge of the stone to hold it in place. Then a beading tool that has a concave dimple on its end is used to smooth and round over the lips and increase the pressure on the stone. This creates the typical miniature bead shapes you see surrounding the diamond.
High quality fake Cartier has multiple patent applications covering different aspects of this new setting, which means for me that exact information was, of course, limited.