ac·cent | ˈak-ˌsent
A jewelry piece or design element that is meant to draw attention to a different focal point
Accents may be added onto nearly any jewelry piece to effectively emphasize the other elements. Typically, an accent is a secondary design element that is meant to highlight the primary design element by providing contrast in texture, color, or perhaps, both. The contrast in the accent does not have to be bright or dramatic – accents are not what one first notices first in a piece, however, they provide overall balance to the piece. For example, accent diamonds are stones that are miniature and provide a direct cut. Oftentimes, they are used as trimming around the center stone of a ring, or another piece of jewelry, increasing its overall splendor. Another example of an accent is metal color, such as silver or bronze, that provide an accent to the main color(s) of the piece.