This week I was kept busy with a few labor intensive custom engagement rings. This beauty took all of the bride’s wishes and ideas taken from a few different rings and combined into this gorgeous design.
Rough castings in 14k white and rose golds.
Setting the diamonds.
The diamonds tapered from 0.9mm to 1.3mm. I set the diamonds in the white gold before assembling the two pieces. Extreme care was taken in polishing the ring, not to polish out the fine details of the delicate design. Hours were spent burnishing and polishing using fine burrs, laps and brushes, getting into the tight places. The bench microscope was so helpful in afiddling with the tiny full cut stones. All seating, graving and beading was done under 4 or 6 power.
I have the pleasure to be part of so many milestones, achievements, surprises, engagements, major events–most happy, some sad. This happy moment, a long time coming.
17 years ago, when we met Lisa, we hoped we would have the opportunity to make Lisa’s engagement ring.
Her mother will be remembered every time she puts it on, which makes everything about this piece of jewelry even more special.
Congratulations! We are all very happy for you.
Here are two matching wedding band wax carvings that I made for this engagement ring.
I cast them in 14k yellow gold. We are seeing a comeback of yellow gold. Mainly in form of two tone rings.
Even though a great customer of ours has moved out of state to take care of family, we are honored that she still comes to us when she visits Michigan. For the past seven years she has been the 24/7 caregiver to her mother and step father (of 37 years). What a selfless commitment.
But her new, well deserved, ring is a little more selfish. And that is okay, sometimes.
(Sorry– picture taken before ring was totally polished. Still stunning).
It is hard to play around and make jewelry for the showcase when there are so many custom jobs and repairs on your plate. I have been working a little here and a little there on this ring. I made this ring in fifteen minute intervals for a month. I finally finished it today. It has fifteen 1.0mm round full cut diamonds on a halo that rests on the finger. The 1.10 carat diamond is high above it.
Every one at the store agreed, we need to make more jewelry for the showcase. We are so busy making jewelry it is easy to forget that none are for the showcase.
I set up this pear shaped diamond ring for a customer the other day only to find the same ring to set up with a bigger pear shaped diamond a few days later. I don’t the story behind that. I just do what I am told. Beautiful ring, either way………Only bigger now.
For this engagement ring I carved and cast it in 3 pieces so I could polish each piece individually before assembling. Whereas, all the nooks and crannies were able to be cleaned up. The center princess cut and side princess cut diamonds were channel set and the ring given a final polish.
Sorry, I did not get a good finished picture of the ring in a controlled light box.