Padparadscha and Hand Engraved Accents = A Grand Custom Ring

June 27th, 2009 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
Custom Diamond Ring with Padaparadscha

Custom Diamond Ring with Padaparadscha

We recently completed this beautiful ring for a very elegant and sophisticated lady, let’s call her Liz. During our initial design consultation, it soon became apparent that we needed to do something extra special for Liz- well educated and artistic, her tastes were refined and she was looking for something exciting and new. She wanted us to reset her nice 1 1/2 ct diamond into a wide ring to accent her long fingers. She also wanted the ring to be wearable and comfortable. Our discussion led us to her preferences in colors- she wanted something warm and wonderful. Those of you who follow this blog know we are big fans of Padparadscha sapphires, so what better suggestion could we make than one of our very favorite stones!

The suggestion was the easy part! Now, where do we find a matching pair of natural padparadscha sapphires of the right size, clarity, and price? Fortunately, we have really good contacts in the gem trade and were able to locate this parcel of lovely stones from southern India (an unusual source for Pads). The really good news was that we were able to match up two stones to make a pair!

Parcel of natural color Padparadscha sapphires from India

Parcel of natural color Padparadscha sapphires from India

Liz liked antique styles of jewelry, especially Victorian and Edwardian pieces, and she wanted open work and floral elements, so Jenny, our resident jewelry designer and CAD/CAM whiz created this great design with tulip flowers.

CAD rendering

CAD rendering

Now we were ready to show the design and the stones- Liz was anxiously waiting for our call.

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