This is a pair of white gold wedding bands I made for some super cool customers. Together we worked from a range of textures and ideas that suit their tastes and personality. One of the bands was inspired by the shape of driftwood, while the other was modeled on the elevation lines of a topographical map. Definitely unique, and totally one of a kind. I hope they’re pleased with the results. Wishing them many happy years and adventures together.
Here is an awesome pair of wedding bands I made for an awesome pair of friends. As with the last ring I posted - these too have a bit of hidden symbolism. The design for her ring is carved in the outline or profile of her family cottage island property. The rose cut diamond marks the place of the cottage, a spot they both hold dear. His ring is so cool because it is made out of hand forged Gibeon Meteorite. It has a bar of 14k white gold, (a thin slice of the sprue off her ring) soldered over the seam. I wish them all the luck while they seek out new life and new civilizations together. ;)
OH, and a big THANK YOU to my coworker Uli from Pure Brilliance for all the help and advice about working with the meteorite.
This diamond engagement ring has an interesting design detail wrapped around the setting. The customer wanted to incorporate moose antlers into the piece because the animal held symbolic meaning for them. We wanted the form to be recognizable, but not blatant nor cartoonish. I think it worked out rather well. It was a pleasure working on this with you and I wish you both all the best.
Here is a ruby engagement ring in yellow gold I completed recently. They wanted the stone to sit a bit lower and for the setting to be integrated into the shape of the ring. In my opinion, often stones are set too high to be comfortably worn. I also hand engraved lines twisting down and around the shank to mimic the texture of my Mitsuro collection. I hope they’re pleased with the results & I’m wishing them all the best.
Here’s an Engagement ring I completed a little while ago. The customer wanted a BUNCH of different colours, and I got all excited and went a little wild. Not too wild…it’s no rainbow jewellery…but I did use an unusual combination of stones. It’s made using 18k yellow gold, with bead-set yellow diamonds, various shades of blue sapphires as well as champagne diamonds. It sure is bright, and I heard she loved it. I wish them all the best for their future together.
The inspiration involved in this design came from the customer. She wanted a ring with three ‘pathways’ symbolizing her three children. Using my Wave Ring series as a starting point, we developed this design into a unique version of a Family ring. I really like how the strands of metal look like trails, or lives a family branching off, but always coming back around and together.
Here is a Wave Ring I made a little while ago with Sapphires. We chose to use several different colours of blue, some lighter and darker and even a couple stones leaning towards violet. I really like the smooth lines and transitions in this particular ring. I wish them all the best on their adventures across the pond :)
Here is another variation of my Wave Ring series. It’s made using 14k white gold and bead-set blue sapphires and diamonds. When worn, the individual stones really work together - turning into a linear element and adding movement to the piece. I hope the customers are pleased with the results. I wish them many more happy years together.
This design is a variation on my Wave Ring series. It’s made using sterling silver and green tsavorite garnets. I opted to make the strands a bit more irregular and uneven and i’m quite pleased with the results. The ring was entirely hand carved out of wax, then cast into silver. The brilliant green tsavorites really stand out against the white metal…even a bit more sparkly than emeralds.
The last two rings posted were made using the stones from this family heirloom. Here is a little look into the process of pulling stones for remount into a new ring:
The first image is a photo of the piece as is. I clean and check all the stones before doing any work. There was one diamond chipped and one of the 5 emeralds was cracked before I began.
In the second image, I have clamped the ring into my ring vice and will use a flat graver (or chisel) to carefully lift all the prongs. The steel of graver is hardened tool steel and can damage the stones…so I must only touch the metal. During removal of stones I usually work under magnification to better assess how the metal is bending. I don’t want to create any pressure points when pulling stones because it could damage the stones.
In the third image, all the stones have carefully been removed. The metal gets sent to be refined and the emeralds are going to the lapidary to be re-cut and re-polished. While that is happening, I’ll be carving and casting the wax models into metal. Depending on the complexity of the design, type of setting, it takes me about 5-15 minutes to remove each stone. Emeralds are very brittle stones, and since we want to use the remaining 4 emeralds, I can’t make any mistakes taking them out, nor putting them into their new settings.