I’ve been creating diamond engagement rings for over 50 years, and I am still amazed at how the beauty of a loose diamond becomes magnified when placed amidst precious metal and accent stones. When I opened the diamond paper that held this pear-shaped diamond, I thought, how could this diamond get any more beautiful?
As with most all the engagement rings I design, it all begins with the center stone. With a pear-shaped diamond, the length-to-width ratio is essential and relies heavily on personal preference. However, choosing a stone that is faceted with ideal proportioning and symmetry is vital for retaining brilliance and maximizing its dispersion of light. With my gemological experience, I always preview several stones before I sit with a client, ensuring I have the best selection of fine-quality diamonds that fit their preferences. This stone has the perfect pear shape they desired and is faceted for optimal light reflection. KAPOW!
Client input is so, so important, and I pride myself in really listening to a couple’s wishes when it comes to design. Designing a mounting that did not detract from the center stone was vital, but the bride-to-be wanted more than just a simple solitaire. We designed a hidden halo of diamonds around the pear-shaped diamond, placing it lower than the stone’s girdle. This allows the prongs that hold that beautiful pear to be seen. We opted for a more pointed tip on the prong, known as “claw style.” This setting style created a more modern visual than the traditional halo setting, keeping the center stone the main focus. Continuing to pay close attention to every detail of the ring, we modified the 18-karat yellow gold shank with a lower dome, creating a soft edge and flowing nicely with the curves of the platinum head. The ending design of this ring is nothing short of regal and looks so lovely on her hand.
Congrats to this lovely young couple on your recent engagement. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the happy moment and working with me on such a fantastic design.
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