Crafting a Art Deco inspired engagement ring

We thought we would talk you through how we made this stunning Art Deco Inspired engagement ring. This is an incredibly unique piece that was crafted for a clients engagement.

Lets start with the details of the ring. The central oval set sapphire is Ceylon 0.58ct there are also four more princess cut sapphires all of the same quality.

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When my client and I had fully discussed the design and worked out a rough design of how it could look. I went away as with every bespoke piece and drew up the design on the latest design technology which enables the client to see the ring and tweak the design accordingly. Below are the three variations of the design using different shaped central sapphires.

When the client had decided on the oval central sapphire we started to create the ring for him. To get the perfect polish this was made in several sections and then soldered together.

Initially the ring was cast in four parts after cleaning up 3 of the sections were soldered together and ready for setting the first section of stones. The stone setting was done in three sections as we wanted the princess cut sapphires to be cut nice and square and this would have been almost impossible to do when all the sections were in place.

All the Milgrain (the bobbly detail on the edges of the ring) was applied by hand. This ensures a perfect polished and definition of every little bead. Many of the high street jewelers would cast this in place as its very time consuming to do but here at Veale Fine jewellery we take great pride in using the best of traditional craft along with the benefits of understanding when the latest technology comes into its own.

The next stage was to solder in the centre section. This had to be done with great care to avoid damaging the sapphires that had already been set. Then the setter used a techique called pave to set the halo with small diamonds this is a very contemporary technique which gave a modern twist to this art deco ring.

The final stage was to solder in the little tubes (jewellers call these chenier ). Even more care had to be taken now there were more stones set in place!! then the setter could set the final 12 diamonds and milgrain the edges of all of these settings. The proces of polishing the ring could now begin.

Below are some photos of the ring being crafted, so you can understand the stages I’ve explained above.


If you would like to know anything more about this bespoke ring or designing your own we’d love to hear from you.

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