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A Cherished Project: a Mandarin Duck Ring

voce

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Been too busy to spend much time on PS lately, but I am totally looking forward to this project and thought it too good not to share. Since I got a rare Loliondo emerald cut garnet (clean without sugary inclusions!) from Mike at Gran Gem, I have been thinking to set it with emeralds. At some point, I wanted top grade emeralds that were duck neck green, and the idea of a Mandarin (garnet) duck (emerald) project just became fixed in my head. You see, in East Asian cultures, Mandarin ducks are a symbol of love and marital bliss, and I coveted the idea as an expression of my love for my dear fiance and wanted to express my hope for our future together. I wanted to get colors that are reminiscent of the colorings on the actual duck species. Luckily for me, they are very colorful.

Without further ado, the stones, who are going to be the stars of this show.
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The spess aka Mandarin garnet.
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With a pair of wonderful emeralds from Afghanistan sourced by Inken (Enhoerning Jewelry), and a pair of benitoites sourced by Yvonne (Cecile Raley Designs). All of these gems are rare to me, the Mandarin garnet for the clean crystal and the rare cut, and the side stones for the rarity and very fine color. The benitoites are for the blue in the Mandarin duck and a nod to the fact that I'm a California girl at heart.
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Here's my original sketch before we had the actual sidestones. I wanted cutouts of fish both because it's in the duck theme, but also because my fiance is Pisces.

At this stage, I have decided to add four diamonds and make this a nine-stone.

Here's the CAD rendering that I've approved for casting, in 18k rose gold. IMG-20211027-WA0000.jpg

Center three gems are bezel for a cleaner look. The sidestones on the shank will be set bright cut pave, similar to how it was done on my crown ring.

I have the option of going for hand engraving with some kind of water motif. That would be really sweet if it doesn't look overdone and overelaborate.
 

Mreader

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Also - fiancé? Have I missed an e-ring somewhere ;-) I’ve seen so many of your gemstone rings but don’t recall an e-ring.
 

voce

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Also - fiancé? Have I missed an e-ring somewhere ;-) I’ve seen so many of your gemstone rings but don’t recall an e-ring.

Yes, I've been engaged for a while now. Initially planned for a wedding in 2020, but COVID threw a wrench in those plans. Now I'll have a wedding in December 2021.

I'm sure I've shown my e-ring in the eye candy threads both here and in the Show Me the Bling forums. Here it is on my ring finger. Unheated Tanzanian ruby in a diamond halo.
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It's not as fancy as a lot of my other rings, but it's the one ring that really sparked my love for colored gems and jewelry. So you have her to thank for all these subsequent projects!
 

voce

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Beautiful!!! I love those emeralds especially!


I love the emeralds, too! I haven't verified with Inken, but I suspect that these are for my project.
 

T L

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I love the emeralds, too! I haven't verified with Inken, but I suspect that these are for my project.
Those aren’t octagons like the ones above though.
 

voce

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Those aren’t octagons like the ones above though.

Good catch! You're right, my emeralds are Asscher cut. In my defense, it was 5am my time when I was making the post :p.
 
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Sprinkles&Stones

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This is going to be amazing!
 

Venti25

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Lovely! I'm so glad I'll get to see more of that spess. I was watching it from afar hoping someone here would get it! This looks like an awesome project.
 

Cinders

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Oh @voce , this is so neat!! I've been wondering what your next fabulous project would be. You always do the most intriguing things---I love to see how much thought you put into each piece! (My whole process is just, "hmm, do I like these colors & this size?")
 

voce

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Oh @voce , this is so neat!! I've been wondering what your next fabulous project would be. You always do the most intriguing things---I love to see how much thought you put into each piece! (My whole process is just, "hmm, do I like these colors & this size?")

When I buy gems, I just think, do I like the color and is the cut tolerable? I have a vague idea of what I could do with the stone. I don't even consider the size unless it's melee and I'm trying to find what would work with an existing setting. A lot of the stones that I buy go into already designed settings. Some stones just whisper to me demanding a more special home. This was one of them.
 

2Neezers

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Gorgeous!!:love:
I love the stones, the setting and the beautiful meaning behind the piece.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
 

Burmesedaze

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You are so imaginative! Took me a few tries to spot the fish cut-out, love them!

The stones are awesome and that's a different style of ring from the rest you have
 

voce

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Gorgeous!!:love:
I love the stones, the setting and the beautiful meaning behind the piece.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
Thank you @2Neezers! I'm very much looking forward to the wedding. The only things left to arrange are the photographer, seating, and the honeymoon.

You are so imaginative! Took me a few tries to spot the fish cut-out, love them!

The stones are awesome and that's a different style of ring from the rest you have
Yes, the fish cutouts may be more apparent in the video, which I linked in this post.

You do the COOLEST projects. So excited to see the final result!
No, YOU do the coolest projects. But I'll be excited to see the result, too.
 

peacechick

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Looking forward to this project! Love the sentiment and the symbolism of Mandarin ducks. I have a pair of rose quartz ducks that a friend gave me as a wedding gift and even though we’ve moved five times, I still have them on my bedside table.
 

leslie1956

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Been too busy to spend much time on PS lately, but I am totally looking forward to this project and thought it too good not to share. Since I got a rare Loliondo emerald cut garnet (clean without sugary inclusions!) from Mike at Gran Gem, I have been thinking to set it with emeralds. At some point, I wanted top grade emeralds that were duck neck green, and the idea of a Mandarin (garnet) duck (emerald) project just became fixed in my head. You see, in East Asian cultures, Mandarin ducks are a symbol of love and marital bliss, and I coveted the idea as an expression of my love for my dear fiance and wanted to express my hope for our future together. I wanted to get colors that are reminiscent of the colorings on the actual duck species. Luckily for me, they are very colorful.

Without further ado, the stones, who are going to be the stars of this show.
IMG_20190712_141428216.jpg IMG_20190712_141559150.jpg
The spess aka Mandarin garnet.
IMG-20211020-WA0002.jpg
With a pair of wonderful emeralds from Afghanistan sourced by Inken (Enhoerning Jewelry), and a pair of benitoites sourced by Yvonne (Cecile Raley Designs). All of these gems are rare to me, the Mandarin garnet for the clean crystal and the rare cut, and the side stones for the rarity and very fine color. The benitoites are for the blue in the Mandarin duck and a nod to the fact that I'm a California girl at heart.
PXL_20211020_153628088.jpg
Here's my original sketch before we had the actual sidestones. I wanted cutouts of fish both because it's in the duck theme, but also because my fiance is Pisces.

At this stage, I have decided to add four diamonds and make this a nine-stone.

Here's the CAD rendering that I've approved for casting, in 18k rose gold. IMG-20211027-WA0000.jpg

Center three gems are bezel for a cleaner look. The sidestones on the shank will be set bright cut pave, similar to how it was done on my crown ring.

I have the option of going for hand engraving with some kind of water motif. That would be really sweet if it doesn't look overdone and overelaborate.

Beautiful stones and design, voce! Is Inken making the ring for you?
 

voce

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Beautiful stones and design, voce! Is Inken making the ring for you?

Yes, it's Inken who is producing the ring. She loves getting all the details right, asking the right questions, and I've loved every custom project I've done with her.
 

LilAlex

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At some point, I wanted top grade emeralds that were duck neck green, and the idea of a Mandarin (garnet) duck (emerald) project just became fixed in my head. You see, in East Asian cultures, Mandarin ducks are a symbol of love and marital bliss

Great project and beautiful design!

Those are startlingly close to Oregon Duck colors -- so there's that, too, for your good-luck metaphor!

But mostly congratulations -- very happy for you! My folks always warned "Never go to bed angry at each other!" But we are much closer to Barenaked Ladies' One Week. I still smile in recognition whenever I hear that song...
 

voce

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Squee! I am really happy with how this ring turned out, and I think I am going to add in hand engraving!
 

Starstruck8

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Beautiful! You have such an eye for design. The colours work together so well. The emeralds are amazing - good colour and clean. This ring is definitely going in my inspiration folder.

Do you have more photos? Perhaps showing the shoulders?
 

voce

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@Starstruck8 I'll try to get more screenshots from the video when I can find more time.

@ItsMainelyYou hand engraving is going to add another month to the finish line! So hand shots won't be forthcoming anytime soon.
 
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