Art Nouveau Inspired Engagement Ring.
A stunning art nouveau inspired ring commissioned with us for a Christmas proposal. Our customer came to us with a very specific idea for this engagement ring to pop the question to his girlfriend, who was born in Lithuania. It had to be rose gold, or 'Russian gold' as it is called in Lithuania, with Rubies incorporated into the design. As his fiancé believed second hand metal can carry 'memories' of the previous wearer the ring had to be new metal, but involve the use of the customer’s old mine cut diamonds. A perfect balance of modern and antique.
Tim met with our customer in the shop and was able to draw out some initial ideas and sketches there and then. This helped to ensure we were on the right track and meeting each of the customers requirements with input from both the designer and customer added throughout.
Once the design had been decided the stones were unset from the antique ring allowing an assessment as to which stones would work best in the design. As you can see from the photograph the old cuts were varying sizes and shapes so choosing three that would work together within the design was important. Computer Aided Design software allows us to build the ring around already existing stones. In this case it also allowed us to ‘trial’ various combinations of the old cut stones before making the physical ring, therefore choosing the three stones that worked the best together.
Old Cut Diamonds
Once unset we were better able to see the sizes and shapes of the old cut stones. This meant we could accurately build the CAD image to fit.