Recently, while at a show in St. Louis, I met a couple who really liked some of the rings that I had in my display case. They commissioned me to use an heirloom diamond that had been passed down form the groom’s grandmother to make and engagement ring. The bride picked out the style she liked, and then next day the came back and dropped off the diamond.
This commission both frightened and excited me. I was thrilled to be part of the story of this couple’s life…to make something cherished that the bride will wear for years to come is an incredible honor that I don’t take lightly! The scary part is being entrusted with a prized heirloom…the pressure not to scratch, chip, break, or God-forbid lose this beautiful and expensive diamond gave me a few pangs of fear!
I set to work in my studio by first removing the stone from the original necklace it was set in. I carefully measured it and made the new setting for it out of 18k gold. I then constructed the body of the ring out of sterling silver and 18k bi-metal. (Bi-metal is made of a layer of 18 karat gold alloy which is fused with sterling silver to form a sheet of metal with 2 distinct surfaces. Using bi-metal allows me to have the look of 18k gold without the huge price that working with solid 18k would have).
After crafting the engagement ring, I contemplated the design for a coordinating wedding band. My goal was to design a band that would seamless flow with the design of the engagement ring. I also wanted the wedding band to be simple, but interesting enough to be worn separately. My final design parameter was to make both rings adjustable. After having my own son, it was years before my fingers shrank down to my usual size, and I personally wish I had an engagement or wedding ring that does not need to sized or taken off because of pregnancies, swollen fingers, etc.
After hours of work at my bench, I am really pleased with the results! I hope the happy couple is pleased as well!!
Do you have a stone that you would like to have repurposed? Contact me !