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Custom Engagement Ring Using Family Heirlooms

May 3, 2019 | Custom Design

A perfect PNW Proposal!

Sometimes, it’s a family affair!
And how cool is that?

This lovely diamond engagement ring was created in platinum and custom designed in collaboration with the client and his family. Part of the beauty of the story is that the soon-to-be groom involves an heirloom diamond into the ring, along with some family input into the design.

A Beautiful Heirloom

Grand-ma-ma’s diamond was lovely, however, the diamond needed a bit of a re-proportioning and the task of re-cut was performed in fantastic fashion, dramatically increasing the beauty of the gem. It became the perfect center diamond!

Let the design process begin!

During the custom design consultation, a discussion ensued to determine the possibility of incorporating an additional heirloom diamond from Mom as an accent stone on the side; or simply to dismiss that thought due to the visual compatibility of each diamond. This a critically important determination!

We all agreed that the diamonds would interact quite nicely with one another. I would be able to find one more diamond to match Mom’s diamond to balance out the ring top. Things are getting more fun by the minute and the design is coming together!  I brought in a few diamonds so we could sit and view them all together, side by side, to ensure they complimented one another in magnificence.

After great discussion, we designed the ring mounting with small (yet mighty) precision cut diamonds traveling down the ring shank.

A “virtual ring” using CAD design and 3D printing before the final design

The engagement ring model was then created via CAD design to obtain a high degree of exactness with the ring. The final step before casting was to print a 3D model of the ring in wax before casting in precious metal, this way we could visualize in dimension how the heirloom diamonds would interact with each other in the ring.

Exceptional diamonds, exceptional metal, in an exceptional design! Undoubtedly finalized into a WOW ring.

My client was an absolute delight to work with, with great decision making at every step.
I am honored to have worked with him AND his family.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

CAD Rendering

Final CAD Rendering

Custom Design Wax Jewelry Model

Wax model produced by 3D printer

3 stone diamond engagement ring



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K. Alan Smith