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#JOTW 3.14ct OMB in hand-forged halo setting by Mark at ERD

KristyDarling

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Hi everyone!! I spent 45 minutes typing up a post and then lost it during the attempt to attach a photo, so here's the Reader's Digest version of my original post!

- Recently sold my 3.56 round with pear sides (Leon Mege setting), in order to get the chunky cushion halo I've been dreaming of for the last few years. This was to commemorate our 10 year wedding anniversary last year.
- Mark at ERD sourced my Old Mine Brilliant stone (3.18 I VS1, GIA). A jeweler on Mark's team created the hand-forged Harry Winston-style halo setting. Mark's jeweler has been creating hand-forged jewelry for the world's most renowned diamond houses for the last 25 years.
- Diamond specs: 3.18ct I/VS1 OMB, GIA. 9.44 x 8.04 x 5.58mm. Polish and Symmetry both Very Good. 50% table, 69.4% depth, slightly large culet.
- My ring size is 3.75. The prongs are single-claw prongs...they are *extremely* delicate! As for the pave -- Mark calls this style of pave "micro pave arches." The halo is 1.25mm and contains .22cts F/G VS quality diamonds. The shank contains .50cts and is 1.95mm. We used .950 platinum with ruthenium. The height of the donut to the table is 6.5mm.
- I love this ring. The craftsmanship, super high polish, and attention to detail are all superb. Every element is executed so delicately yet it FEELS so strong. :love: Thank you, Mark!

Here are the first few photos. I'll include some shots that Mark provided of the hand-forging process too....

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Side view...note how very LOW the stone is set:


Three quarter view:


The underside. Note the diamonds go from 7 to 5 o'clock, and the donut is actually rectangular.

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KristyDarling

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Another closeup:


This was taken inside a room at sun-down. I love how the character and color of the stone changes depending on how the sun is hitting it. I love the hint of warmth, it reminds me of candle-light!


Excellent craftsmanship, and check out the ever-so-slightly curved struts.

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Now THAT is some serious finger real estate! I have always loved Harry Winston style halos and the only thing better is a Harry Winston style halo with an old cut!! :love:
 

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Here are shots of the hand-forging process:

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TravelingGal

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That stone! That setting! That PERFECTION!

Congrats KD! This one is a knockout and Mark and his team have been putting out some amazing stuff over the last few years, for sure!
 

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Last one! Thank you for looking! 8)

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Enerchi

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Just stunning, kristydarling!! That is a piece of diamond art! Gorgeous- congratulations on your anniversary and thank you so much for sharing this process by ERD as well as the hand and ring shots ---- TDF that's for sure!!

STUNNING!

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Whoa! Now, that's a ring. It's amazing. Congrats. :love: :love:
 

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Yay...! I am so happy for you! This looks so fantastic and girl, you deserve it!! It looks ginormous. No DSS here! Now stop giving me ideas lol.
 

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GORGEOUS!!
 

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Oh my--what a beautiful ring you have there!!!
 

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A stunning ring, it looks huge on you! Mark's work is very nice.
 

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Your ring is stunning! The diamond is TDF and the setting is amazing!!! Mark and ERD pulled off quite a beauty. Congratulations on the new ring-and awesome finger coverage that comes with!!!! :appl: :appl: :appl:
 

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Wow, Kristy! That is an incredibly gorgeous ring!!! :love: I love it, but I am sad to hear you no longer have the beautiful round with pear sides! That was one of my favorites, too!
 

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Wowzers!!! The diamond, the setting and the size of your finger are a perfect combination!!!! :love:

It's absolutely GORGEOUS!
 

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Gorgeous!
 

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So gorgeous!!! :love: Congratulations on your 10 year (now 11?) anniversary and wear your new amazing ring in health and happiness!! :appl:
 

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:shock: :love: :shock: :love:

Holy WOW !!!!

I love the profile of that stone !!!! It's amazing !!! :cheeky: :cheeky: :cheeky:
And it's really cool to see the "making of" pictures,
I never knew how they did that !!!!
Very neat !!!
 

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It is absolutely gorgeous!
 

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KD, WOW, I ADORE your new ring!!!! :love: :love: :love: Its absolutely stunning!!! Enjoy your new bauble, and happy anniversary!! :appl: :appl:
 

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Love shape, just gorgeous :love:
 

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It is absolutely gorgeous!! Congrats on your new bling! I loved your round with pears though....did it go to a good home?
 

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WOW!!!! :mrgreen: :love: :love: AMAZING!!!! Congratulations!!!! :appl:
 

ame

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WHOA!!! That's amazing!!!
 

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Very very beautiful
 

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It's beautiful! Congrats on your anniversary. :appl:
 

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Oh, that is just a pleasure to behold. How lovely!
 

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HI:

Breath taking!

cheers--Sharon
 
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