a grown up ring (wedding set redesign)

A grown up ring with many diamonds and sapphire
Complexity of settings and metals (ring profile)
Interior view of final wide-band ring (redesigned and combined)
Parts involved on top of design sketch (wedding set, sapphire earring, etc)
Stone layout experiments - lively but with symmetry
A grown up ring with many diamonds and sapphire

She had reached a point in her life where she wanted a more sophisticated ring. She had started with a different jeweler but did not feel the magic. So she searched on line for other local designers in the area and took a chance with my shop.

In addition to her original wedding set, she had an assortment of items ready to incorporate into the new piece. One of the items was a pair of sapphire earrings her husband had given her. She loved them but had lost one. The sapphires are beautiful, well matched, and intense in color. The engagement diamond is a lovely lovely stone.

The challenge was to utilize the various size stones while keeping the engagement diamond front and center. Like a lot of us, she is attracted to symmetry. She was open to a two-toned ring and loved the idea of no prongs as well as the boldness of the design I proposed – a large ring, a statement ring.

Layouts for diamonds & sapphires of various sizes that offered symmetry

I experimented with several different stone layouts. The final / approved layout showcased the diamonds and sapphires while not making the ring too wide, even though it is indeed a wide band. The largest stones are set in bezels, the sapphires in yellow gold to compliment the yellow gold edge bands. The the large diamond is set in white gold, and the smaller full cut diamonds are set directly into the white gold band. This type of setting is known as a gypsy or burnish setting. The stone is fitted into the mounting, and the metal is burnished around the stone.

The finished ring was fabricated with a 10 mm barrel style wedding band that was slightly tapered at the base for comfort. Then two 1.50 mm yellow gold barrel bands were soldered all around the center band. The bezels were assembled and set, the burnished set diamonds as indicated.

  • diamond and sapphire wedding band 14k white gold with yellow gold edges and bezels
  • Location: Simsbury, CT

A final polish and voila! A beautiful grown up wedding band.

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