This platinum mountain-inspired engagement ring features a central 0.96ct diamond with four custom cut baguette diamonds on the sides. The sculpting on the flanks was from a very specific design from the client, which took a bit of development to make feasible. Reducing designs to this scale is tricky, as everything has to be sturdy, but stay dainty.
I like the idea of trying to completely remove any angles from the metalwork of a ring. If it’s deliberate then fine, but I think angles need reasons. The surf rings really run with that. Two tidal waves crash together with gems set into lots of curls in the water. The pair of rings both have a flowing river/surf design incorporated.
Fractals are infinitely complex, whereas obviously there is a limit to the amount of detail I can include, but the twinkle of the diamonds does some of the work for me. There are so many curves layered on top of each other here and I had to go through lots of sketches to get the flow right. There’s a central half carat white diamond flanked by two smaller blue diamonds, a great choice for someone with blue eyes.
The star engagement ring design was done for one of my very good friends, and I think it’s awesome. She has requested that it isn’t replicated set with the same gorgeous hot pink synthetic sapphire, but it is available to buy with other coloured stones on our Etsy page. I also designed a simple red gold wedding band to fit around the ring.
Aren’t hands awesome? They’re one of the defining things about us as humans and have so much magnificently fine tuned engineering in them. Hands are famed as hard to draw, but once you’ve figured out the arcs of the knuckles they’re fairly straightforward. The wrists are the hardest part. Claddagh rings traditionally include a crown and a heart, but these rings are transforming it into more modern claddagh engagement rings, which needs to be taller and narrower to fit next to a wedding ring. The row of diamonds is a nod to the crown and the tattoos are personal to each client of each of the claddagh engagement rings, mixing Indian and Celtic symbols in one of them.
From above, the platinum and diamond ring had to look as simple and classic as possible, but from the sides the central stone is held between the wings of a pair of larks ascending. This perfectly tackles the need for a balance of subtlety, sentimentality, elegance and, perhaps most importantly, fun for me. The woman this was designed for (in secret) plays the violin and her favourite piece is ‘The Lark Ascending’, plus in her parents’ garden there are larks that actually ‘ascend’, which is supposedly quite rare.
The red gold and platinum ring, set with a black diamond, is a type of yin yang ring. The platinum side represents the tail of a metal horse, and the red gold side is the stripes of a fire tiger. These symbolise the man and the woman in the relationship.
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