Early this spring I met a client with a distinct vision for an engagement ring. He had taken the time to draw up intricate sketches for his idea (and they were pretty darn good, I might add) and confided that he was on a quest for the right local jeweler to create it for him. A few conversations and a handful of sketches later we were ready to dive into the real fun– hand carving the wax model.
While I am happy to help my clients source the perfect diamond or colored gemstone I also regularly work with their own gems. Sometimes it’s an heirloom diamond from a relative’s ring, and other times it’s one they have purchased themselves from sites like blue nile or brilliant earth. In this case I was delighted to work with his brilliant cut white diamond which clocked in at over 2 carats. It was so gorgeous… and so intense!
In our model and finished ring, each side of the shank splits into two leaves. The right leaf tucks under and emerges to the right creating the north-south prongs, while the left leaf does a seductive curl around the diamond, peeking up on the opposite side to create the east-west prongs. The final touch is subtle but will prove useful down the line. Despite the ring’s curvy profile the weaving leaves are actually raised above a flat spot on the side of the ring which allows another band to sit flush. Picturing them on their wedding say as they exchange their rings, he will place the wedding band on her finger and it will tuck perfectly into place below the overlapping leaves. It warms my heart just thinking of it.
The final ring was cast in 950 platinum-ruthenium and given a high polish. On the underside of the long and curvy leaf we pave set three emeralds to represent her Colombian heritage. It’s an intimate detail which you need to peek at just the right angle to see. He flew her her and their loved ones to DC to surprise her with a proposal. As we expected… she said Yes.