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Anniversary Redesign

Anniversary Redesign

Sandra decided that she wanted to redesign her engagement ring to celebrate her 10 year anniversary.  Her original setting was quite heavy and had a tendency to rock back and forth on her slender finger. 

Her dream was to have a unique, feminine, earthy design with a touch of sparkle.

Diamonds released from original setting

We took out the stones and separated the platinum from the gold.  As usual, I set them aside to be recycled.  Recycling gold is the best thing you can do for your pocket book and the environment, so why not!  At this point when the diamonds are freed from the setting, it is the best time to have them appraised.  Diamond values change over the years and it is important to have your insurance updated to protect your precious investment.  An appraiser can only give accurate information on your gems when they are loose. After the ring is completed, make sure to have it re-examined in order to insure the entire ring. 

This alluring natural colored oval diamond changes color in various lighting, making it extra special.

On to the next step...

Several sweet options to choose from. And... I threw in a dramatic cocktail ring design just for fun!

Final sketch.

Since this is an important ring for her, Sandra decided that she would like to have an extra step of seeing the ring in silver before it's finally made in gold.  Sometimes it's hard to imagine a final ring with just drawings.

Progress shot in silver.

Cast in 18k gold and ready for diamonds to be set.

BEFORE

Oval ring BEFORE

AFTER

Now the ring has a comfortable low profile setting with extra sparkle. Sandra said,  " I LOVE my 'new' ring!"

 Open bezel for center diamond and little diamonds on the sides.

Open bezel for center diamond and little diamonds on the sides.

Re-cut Antique Diamond

Re-cut Antique Diamond

Ruby Love

Ruby Love