CAD Model: 14K white gold with 65 client supplied diamonds.
"A year after my dad passed away my mom asked me to meet her for lunch. We ate together every week but this seemed unusual and I was nervous. She said she wanted to talk with me about something. When we met she told me she decided that it was time I start wearing her diamond ring that my dad gave her 59 years before. I cried like a baby because she wanted to see me enjoying the ring. I took the ring and had it sized. At the same time, I had my beautiful diamond that my husband gave me made into a dinner ring with a yellow diamond halo to match a necklace he gave me for our 25th anniversary. It was beautiful! Since she had given me her ring, my mom redesigned her diamond cluster ring into a new ring that she then wore with my dads wedding band. When she passed, I inherited that ring as well as a few other pieces. Then Kristen came along and I decided to have her design a ring for me to include my mom's diamonds and mine. We worked together and you can see the beautiful result below!" Signed, a happy client :)
Inspiration Necklace from Client's Husband.
From studying her inspiration images and her favorite pieces of jewelry, we noticed that she loves milgrain, engraving, and small diamond accents throughout the design. That was my starting point for this piece.
She showed me the yellow halo ring on the left which was from her husband. She really liked the square halo and the geometric nature as it balanced the round diamonds from her mother on the right side.
First round of sketches
She was drawn to design #2 which features the square halo design. I rotated the square 90 degrees and highlighted it as a nod to the ring her husband gave her. She gave me the go ahead to start the CAD modeling!
CAD model complete.
Throughout the process, I did several revisions to get to this point. This is where I inject my designer perspective and get to "work my magic". I focused on shape and design, proportion, wearability and of course, the diamonds! Here it is, ready to be prototyped and cast in 14K white gold.
Casting ready to be set with 65 sparkly diamonds.
Getting the casting back from the casting house is the most exciting part of the process for me. Everything comes to life and I can see the vision transforming before my eyes! Notice that I haven't added the milgrain around the center diamond yet. That gets done by hand next and will be seen in the following image.
Milgrain done and 40 diamonds down!
The tiny diamonds are always tricky, but add so much impact in the piece. These small diamonds were from 3 different pieces that she brought for us to use. Things are starting to come together.
Old becoming new
I love showing the nitty gritty of the process. You can see the yellow diamonds on the tray in the background. All lined up and ready to set!
Yellow diamond halo done!
All that remains is the engraving on the backside and of course, the main 5 diamonds.
Adding starburst engraving on the back side
Every view and every angle counts! Engraving is so fulfilling because the results are immediate. It's like writing or drawing but in gold with sharp tools. I may or may not have stabbed myself once...or twice. We call that part of the process, a good luck sign of sorts.
This is, by far, the most intense ring I have done up to this point in my career. I am so happy with the result. It's fun to look back and see the progression of this piece from beginning to end. Thanks for checking it out and as always, please comment below if you have any questions. We love talking about how we do what we do!