By Amanda Gizzi

The popularity of gemstone jewelry appears to be surging. While gorgeous on their own, some gemstone pieces are gaining visual interest through overlays of metal.

In this Style File, we explore settings that don’t take attention away from the gemstones but rather add texture, visual interest, brand cohesiveness and/or improved functionality.

The overlay trend is when metal detail is placed over a portion of the gemstone. The metal can be plain or set with diamond pavé. Here are a few designs to get the inspiration flowing.

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