Lauren had a recently, lost her round, diamond, solitaire necklace and wanted it replaced. Instead of a replication, Lauren requested that I find a blue sapphire to match the cut and colour of the one in her existing engagement ring. She also requested that I include two of her grandparent's tapered marquise into the design. Here id the result.
Though many emails have been shared between myself and the couple, who now own this necklace, I have yet to have the pleasure of meeting them in person. When I wrote them to ask if I could share their project on my on blog, I was able to happily discover that my imagination and the truth told a very similar story. I don't know what this couple looks like, but I know if I was to ever, by chance, pass a person wearing this special piece, I would recognize her right away.
One month, a hand full of meetings, 60 plus emails and who knows how many phone calls, is all it took to create this ring. I joke about it, because it did not feel like over 60 emails were sent between the two of us! Before checking my mail history I might have guess 20 emails maybe, but email history doesn't lie!
Gail came to me through Made You Look, my gallery home base on Queen Street West. She was already engaged and had a platinum ring that was a bit warped. The ring was no longer round and had taken on a slightly smushed oval shape. I told her that the ring could most likely be hammered round again with no damage to the settings or stones, but Gail was concerned about it warping again and also confessed that she was never overly thrilled with the craftsmanship and design of the ring. It felt heavy and mismatched for her likings, especially the claws which seemed to bow out at the top. It looked to me like the setting was a bit too small for the center diamond and had to be bent open to accommodate.
No problem with me. Having seen the ring, I already had a few changes in mind that I would love to make. There was a band in the showcase that Gail quite liked. She planned to have that ring made for her wedding band. It was nice that she chose her band already because it gave me a bit of inspiration as to how to make her engagement ring a little different and tie it into the design of her band. You'll notice this detail on the pictures. It is the bit of scalloping under the stone where the diamonds are set. It mimics the pattern that we will eventually make for her band.
I made some quick sketches and sent her a couple renderings to see. Then came the BIG question. To millgrain or not to millgrain? I'm sure that took up at lease 40 of our 60 emails. At the end I insisted Gail see the ring before we added that detail to it. I felt that it was best to keep it minimal light on the metal light on the noise. Don't get me wrong I love millgrain. I love the antique feel it gives to a ring, but I also think it only looks nice if there is a lot of metal to play with. When we want the diamonds to be the main attraction, millgrain can sometimes distract or make a ring look messier, because there is too much going on. Also it is a detail that can be added on afterwards, at anytime practically, as long as there is enough metal there to play with. Luckily for me that seemed to be the right choice. The ring turned out beautifully.
There is something really romantic about weddings and the tradition they keep.
Something old.. something new..
I read in the past that the 'something old' was suppose to be a token that belonged to a happily married women worn by the bride, so that she too, could have a happy marriage.
When I think about it, the idea is really sweet. Especially in Rheba's case. Rheba came in with a slightly outdated, but sentimental, heart shape diamonds pendant that she never wore. It had been given to her by a relative. She hoped to use these diamonds in her wedding band. The stones taken from the pendant were actually cut in an older diamond cutting style called single cuts, which has fewer facets then the usual round stones that you see frequently today. They really add to the nice, vintage appeal, that her finished wedding band had. It is quite the ring, filled with strong symbolism and heritage. A token taken from a heart shaped pendant that your grandmother once happily wore and then set into a ring that represents union and family. Makes me think that it might be something that becomes a bit of an heirloom later on.
Sometimes, I have jobs that just develop, and grow, and click, and everything just falls into place, and comes out perfectly. This was the case with James, from the first phone call to the final pickup, everything worked out so well. It felt less like work and more like hanging out with a familiar friend. (Have I said recently how awesome my job is?). After James saw some of my rings and visited my site. He had a fairly good idea of what it was he was looking for. He selected two rings that really caught his attention. He liked the idea of a classic round diamond flanked with
something a bit decorative on the shoulders. He also liked how the diamonds were held in white gold and was contrasted by the yellow gold, giving it a very vintage appeal. Only problem was, yellow gold wasn't really quite her thing. Rose gold however, that was something he could see her loving and he liked the look of the diamonds on a knife edge band.
"Sin, can we do it? What do you think?"
"Of Course!! Leave it to me"
It didn't take much navigating, once I had him facing the right direction he just took off with all his ideas! I have to say, when we are on the same wave length and details are laid out like that, it is easy to get the job done right.
I have added some picture on the left that hopefully gives you a couple hints about the steps that we took. I hope to gives you a bit of insight on process we went through. Below I have shared with you the exciting video of the finished ring.
James and his fiancee sent me a lovely celebration text after she said yes. They attached a great picture of the ring on her finger, which I, of course, posted to instagram for all to see.
Looks to me like it fit perfectly.
This blog is to help me showcase the jewellery I have made and the stories of the people who have inspired them. Thank You for reading!
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