I thought I’d talk you through how we made this stunning Art Deco inspired bespoke engagement ring. This is an incredibly unique piece that was crafted for a client’s engagement.
Once my client and I had fully discussed the design and both had a good idea of how it could look, as with every bespoke piece, I then drew up the design on the latest (CAD) design technology which enables the client to see a photo realistic picture of the ring and tweak the design accordingly. Below are the three variations of the design using different shaped central sapphires.
Once the client had decided on the oval central sapphire we started to create the ring. 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, three of the parts were soldered together ready for the first stones to be set. The stone setting was done in sections as we wanted the princess cut sapphires to be cut nice and square and this would be impossible to do if 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 polish and definition of every little bead. Many high street jewellers tend to cast this in place as it’s very time consuming but at Veale Fine jewellery we take great pride in using the best of traditional craft alongside 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 pavé to set the halo with small diamonds. This is a very contemporary technique, giving 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 even more stones were set in place!! Finally the setter could set the last 12 diamonds and milgrain the edges of all of these settings. The process of polishing the ring finished off the creation.
Below are some photos of the ring being crafted, so you can understand the stages I’ve explained above.