Sarah and her incredibly inspired fiancé came to have an engagement ring custom made for Sarah’s own heirloom diamond! Sarah’s diamond given to her by her mom is a beautiful Old-European cut diamond and it was set in a 14k yellow gold setting. Here’s the image of the ring before I took it apart:
Sarah wanted to have her heirloom diamond set in a newly re-designed engagement ring that would have platinum on top half and re-use her mom’s yellow gold for the bottom half! Sarah is a lovey, bright-eyed, incredibly intelligent young lady with a stylish short haircut! The tip of her finger tips are slightly more straight than curved. We went over a few designs that Sarah had in mind with step down baguettes on the sides. I suggested an octagon-shape center which would be very complementary to her hand structure. We decided to put three straight-cut baguettes on either side of the center that would be graduating in size. Sarah’s fiancé suggested a very interesting, Art-Deco inspired cut-out gallery work for the sides of the ring.
My first step was to find straight-cut baguettes that would be in three different sizes and two of each size! Once I picked out the six baguettes that I needed, I started calculating the center space where the octagon will be. In order to create a beautiful balance between the center octagon and the graduating baguettes, I made a very refined double frame for the center diamond. Then based on the height that I needed to achieve all the open side gallery work, I made the step-down shape for the baguettes. The last step in making the center was the detailed work for the sides. I finished the center section of the ring with open gallery work, Art-Deco inspired!
Once I cast the center section in platinum, then I melted Sarah’s old ring and re-shaped it to fit the bottom half of her engagement ring. Here’s a side view showing the mix of top platinum section with its open gallery work and the bottom yellow gold section, re-shaped and re-used!
I absolutely love Sarah’s new engagement ring! It’s so stylish, clean, timeless and structured! I love how it represents the past and the future!
Congratulations to an adorable young couple! You are both a delight to work with!