We CAD CAM the custom designed ring. We cast the wax and got to work. It took awhile to set the 78 diamonds in this mounting. Again, the bench microscope saved my eyes and my mind. The recessed channel proposed a problem in sanding and polishing after hammering to tighten the stones. The mill grain beads, unfortunately, can be easily sanded or polished away. So, I high polished the chasing tool to help minimize the finishing work and tapped very carefully with light, multiple hits. More then usual. I used high shine rubber abrasives to remove the tool marks. Even though there are not many flat surfaces that needed lapping, a lot of time was spent polishing the tight spaces with small brushes with my rotary tool at the bench.
The end result is an awesome look.
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.
Jim Edwards from the Rockets showing off his Detroit pride with his Atlas Jewelers “D” ring. Chad Smith showing off his marriage pride.
The Chad Smith Pearl SignatureSeries snare drum.
I carved the wax pieces and cast them in their respective metals. I assembled the 14k yellow “shell” and 14k white gold “rims”.
I hand fabricated the “lugs” from a rolled ingot and made the “tension rods” from wire. I also made a 14K rose gold name plate.
Mommy and baby.
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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.
I like this remount idea.
This was originally an engagement ring with a Tiffany peg head mounting for the major diamond. It was retired to a right hand ring and she wanted to change it up and add diamonds to the ring. The three stones that she had and wanted to use where of slightly different sizes. Since the one was set in an halo pendant already, she thought it would be cool to use that for the center. The other two diamonds would flank it in standard low base heads. The fact that they are different sizes became less noticeable with the pendant separating them. I love the way it turned out using all the bling that she already had. A totally different ring from the original design. (Sorry, no “before” picture. Just the “after”)
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).
14k yellow and white gold Golden beryl ring.
Heliodor and Golden Beryl are the greenish-yellow to yellow varieties of Beryl. Beryl is best known for its famous gem varieties Emerald and Aquamarine.
Eight .04ct flush set round brilliant cut diamonds
Hessonite garnet and princess cut diamond ring.
We did it in 4 pieces so the parts could be polished nicely. The white gold bars were fabricated from wire.