A customer came to me with a 14k yellow and white gold ring bearing a large oval sapphire and two large triangle diamonds. She said that she had stopped wearing the ring because the prongs kept catching on things and it just didn't suit her lifestyle. The ring had been repaired, but she felt that something about the repair wasn't quite right. She wanted a ring that she could wear all the time - and with those gemstones, who wouldn't want to?
When I examined the ring, I realized that the gemstones were like hidden treasure, in a design that didn't showcase their amazing beauty. They were wedged together tightly in a commercial, mass-produced very thin setting and my customer had very correctly deduced that the repair on the ring hadn't been done very well. The ring wasn't even symmetrical!
I redesigned the ring in 18k yellow gold with 18k white palladium settings. I hand-carved in wax a one of a kind ring with all the settings carved to fit each gem. By using bezel settings, every edge of each gemstone is covered and securely protected - no snags, no broken prongs - and each stone is beautifully showcased. The result - a modern, substantial ring worthy of the fabulous gemstones it contains.
The icing on the cake? My customer was able to pay for over half her ring by recycling a some old gold jewelry that she never wore!
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