This ring, set with a black diamond, is a type of yin yang engagement 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.
This 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 […]
This platinum ring features a central 0.96ct diamond with four other smaller 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. We put a lot of time into finding the best diamonds we can. We find getting a good colour is essential as it’s the most noticeable, whereas tiny inclusions are invisible to the naked eye and the cost of a flawless stone is prohibitive for a lot of people. The quality of the cut isn’t something I’ve ever been able to discern from looking at it. Also getting a stone marginally under the a carat or half carat can sometimes be quite a bit more affordable than just over.
From above, this 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 central diamond is just shy of a carat and the setting details had to be very, very subtle and tasteful. The idea is that the wearer can show her friends if she wants, but it isn’t an automatic talking point. The larks on this ring are only about 6mm across the wing tips, so this is a very dainty ring.
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. There are an additional twenty or so tiny diamonds spread around the platinum band in little twists off the main band. This was the trickiest ring I’d done at the time so I arranged to do the surf engagement ring just before as a warm up.
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. These surf rings really run with that. Two tidal waves crash together (taking certain liberties with gravity) with gems set into lots of curls in the water. The pair of rings both have a flowing river/surf design incorporated.
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. They’re 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 this ring is transforming it into a more modern engagement ring, 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, mixing Indian and Celtic symbols in one of them. For some reason these have all been commissioned in palladium.
These may have been the beginning of my trip down the twisty engagement ring route. There was a New Zealand link to the clients. These are in 18ct white gold with an 18ct yellow gold spine around them, which was a tricky soldering job. I love the balance of texture and smoothness with the poise of the stone. The darkness of unplated 18ct white gold really gives it some contrast. More of these, please.
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