Clients of ours got married this past weekend and were kind enough to share some of their wedding photos! Check out the bride’s custom French Pavé weddings rings, made by us, and beautifully captured by photographer Victoria Selman.
When shopping for a diamond, there are several important factors to keep in mind… is it GIA certified? What’s the cut grade… is the diamond cut too deep? The color/clarity? All these things are important, but just glancing at the certificate online is not enough.
For example, two diamonds with the same clarity grade can look vastly different. An SI2 grade can mean subtle white inclusions, but it can also mean black carbon flecks that are visible to the naked eye.
Differences in depth are also very important. You could be comparing two diamonds that both weigh a carat, but one looks smaller than the other. Why is that? It has to do with the cut of the diamond. When a diamond is cut too deep, the weight is in the belly of the stone. As a result, the diameter is smaller and the diamond will look smaller than it should.
These differences in cut and inclusion type are also reflected in the price. An SI2 diamond with white inclusions off to the side can fetch $1000-1500 more than an SI2 with black flecks in the center. Same goes for a diamond that weighs a carat but looks like a 0.75 carat. Buying a diamond is not like buying a car, where two cars of the same year, make, model, color and package will be exactly the same. Every diamond is unique and even if two diamonds have the same characteristics on paper, there are nuances and characteristics that will be different and need to be seen in person!
Having a ring sized is something most people do at least once in their lifetime. Losing or gaining weight, pregnancy, arthritis, finger or knuckle injuries are all factors that can cause one’s finger size to change. Ever wondered how ring sizings are done? Keep on reading…
First things first, it’s important to know that not all rings can be sized. Eternity bands with diamonds set all the way around cannot be resized, nor can tungsten or titanium or other alternative metals that are too hard to cut and size. There is also a limit to how much a ring can be sized– let’s say you inherit a family ring that is a size 7, but your finger is a size 4. It may not be possible to bring a ring so far down in size. There is no universal price for a ring sizing, so we evaluate every ring sizing job case by case. No two jobs are the same and some are more complicated than others.
For a basic sizing job, though, of course we begin by determining how much it needs to be sized. This ring was a stock size 6 and needed to be taken down half a size.
There are several methods we use when making a ring. We’ve discussed handmade rings as well using computer-aided design (CAD) in previous blog posts. Another method we frequently use is casting a ring from a mold. This method is useful when replicating an existing piece of jewelry.
For example, in this case we wanted to make more copies of a ring we already had in stock. The first step is to make a mold of the ring. We take the existing ring, and we place it in container with eight sheets of rubber surrounding it. The container is placed in a hot press where it remains for about 40 minutes, during which time the rubber melts around the ring and makes a perfect mold of it. Along with the ring, a metal stem is placed in the container in order to create an opening where the wax will be injected at a later time.
Once the rubber mold has been removed from the vulcanizer, cooled and hardened back to its original state, a blade is used (with a very special and precise technique) to cut the mold open in such a way that it can be closed back tightly in order to make the wax duplicate.
Wax flakes, as pictured below, are placed in a wax injector and melted so that they can be injected into the mold. Using air pressure, the wax is shot into the mold through the opening.
We make several wax replicas so that we can be sure to have one that comes out perfectly. Sometimes it takes several attempts in order to get the perfect wax model.
Once the waxes are done, we send them off to a casting company who does the final step of making them into a real ring– either platinum or gold. They then send us the rings back, and we put on the final touches- polishing, sizing, setting, and then the ring is good to go!
Take her breath away this Holiday season with these showstopper pieces from Protea Diamonds. Stunning diamond, sapphire, and tanzanite pieces as well as a variety of stud earrings and other jewelry await you in our Arlington showroom. These pieces are ready to go and will make for an unforgettable gift.
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One of our customers asked us to find her a green gemstone that would be strong enough to withstand daily wear… but something a bit different than the traditional emerald. We found a beautiful, and unusually colored, olive green sapphire. We also made a custom 18 karat yellow gold ring to set it in.
Here’s a short video of some engraving we did in the clasp of a pearl bracelet. The customer wanted her first initial engraved on the clasp.
The clasp is set in shellac to hold it in place while we engrave it.
Before & after pics:
Check out our recent write-up on ARLnow.com, a local Arlington news site! Click below to be taken to the article.
Diamond letter pendants are a nice personalized piece of jewelry and can make for a great gift. Just choose the first initial of the recipient’s name… encrusted with diamonds and hanging on a nice chain. What’s not to like?
We recently made one in our workshop. Here is the process!
Some clients of ours recently tied the knot in a ceremony that blended cultural traditions with a love of Star Trek, and were kind enough to share some of their photos with us!
Behold the amazing USS Enterprise wedding cake, as well as a few cake shots with their Protea Diamonds rings on top 🙂
All photos by Eva Russo of Photo Lady Love.