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Architectural setting for a marquise - suggestion or custom?

naivemelody

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So happy! Boyfriend just proposed with a family ring. It's a marquise in a huge yellow gold band, and we've decided to reset it. I don't know the carat weight but it's around 12x6mm (pardon the leftover halloween nail polish):
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I don't know much about diamonds or jewelry, but the marquise shape reminds me of a gothic arch, so I'd love to find a setting that evokes that.

I used to have a pearl ring in a 4-prong setting shaped like the underside of a romanesque arch (like this picture, turned upside down, with the pillars as the four prongs). That inspired me to think of doing a similar setting here, but with pointed gothic arches, and three "archways" crossing instead of two (since the stone needs six prongs).

I mocked up a crude visualization of the shape I'm thinking of:
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It'd probably be best to have some kind of hole in the bottom, or find some other way to let light in, but I hope you see where I'm trying to go with the shape and architectural inspiration. Also I think it'd look great if the "archway" on the narrow side of the stone extended into the band to create grooves on both sides.

I haven't managed to find any settings that evoke an archway like this, and googling things like "architectural ring", "gothic arch ring", etc turned up nothing.

Can you recommend any relevant settings, or any custom jeweler whom you think would be a good choice for this project? Any other advice is welcome too.

Thank you!
 

lovedogs

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Re: Architectural setting for a marquise - suggestion or cus

Ok, so this might seem like an insane suggestion, but bear with me. There is an artist on Etsy who I IMMEDIATELY thought of when I read your post. He typically works in Silver, but for an E-ring I would definitely suggest gold/platinum.

His work is kind of "gothic/dark" in nature, but his pieces are super architectural and detailed in a way that makes me think it might appeal to you. I've attached some of the pieces that I think maybe show the 'arches' you are talking about (kind of). But I understand if it's hard to imagine with all of the skulls and other stuff he has haha.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/239350703/mysacrum-gargoyle-ring-engagement?ref=shop_home_active_48
https://www.etsy.com/listing/255542152/mysacrum-gothic-ring?ref=shop_home_active_52
https://www.etsy.com/listing/242777819/mysacrum-skull-ring?ref=shop_home_active_33

I would look through his stuff and see if his aesthetic appeals to you. Just so you can see something slightly less unusual, he recently made a custom piece for a PS member who posted it on the colored stone forum.

Here's the thread on it: [URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/amethyst-spider-ring.219011/page-4']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/amethyst-spider-ring.219011/page-4[/URL]

Of course feel free to ignore me and go a totally different direction, but I just wanted you to see his stuff.

Good luck and CONGRATS!!!!
 

Niel

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Re: Architectural setting for a marquise - suggestion or cus

I feel like this, with two more prongs added in the middle, with swooping prongs, could give that effect. A little modern though.

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naivemelody

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Re: Architectural setting for a marquise - suggestion or cus

lovedogs said:
Ok, so this might seem like an insane suggestion, but bear with me. There is an artist on Etsy who I IMMEDIATELY thought of when I read your post. He typically works in Silver, but for an E-ring I would definitely suggest gold/platinum.
Thank you very much! Not insane at all, the arches are basically the style I'm thinking of, especially on the second two rings.

The aspect I can't seem to find is something like upside-down arches used as prongs. The right-side-up architectural elements, like these MySacrum rings, seem to require a pretty high setting to get the look, which isn't so practical for me.

I can try him if I go custom since it looks like he has some gold pieces as well - you're right, I want to do gold, and no skulls! ;-)

Niel said:
I feel like this, with two more prongs added in the middle, with swooping prongs, could give that effect. A little modern though.
Yes, the continuous line connecting both points of the stone kinda gets at the arch thing I'm thinking of - I just want an angular style instead of smooth (to play up the angularity of the stone), and a north/south setting. Thanks!

tyty333 said:
Check some of these out...might give you some inspiration. What's your budget for your setting?
Since I just want gold (14k sounds good) without stones, in a simple-ish style/finish, I was assuming I wouldn't have to break 1k, but I don't know custom jewelry pricing.

The Chloe, Sienna, and Victorian octagonal rings have some of the shapes I think I'm looking for, but much simpler and pointed instead of rounded. I like those flower-style rings like the Dahlia and Anna for a round stone, but for this ring I'm thinking I want to avoid the crossover patterns that form the "petals". Not sure if any of that makes sense, but thank you for the recommendations! :)
 

distracts

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Re: Architectural setting for a marquise - suggestion or cus

I think you might be describing basically a buttercup setting?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242044344/antique-victorian-1890s-buttercup-old?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=buttercup%20ring&ref=sc_gallery_4&plkey=c151f1e4b9fc08a1f9053328eb69a07926ae056f:242044344

JuliaBJewelry on Etsy does a lower, more modern buttercup ring:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/155474464/custom-design-buttercup-ring?ref=shop_home_active_62
And I've seen her have some with sharper/less soft cups and prong bits.
 

naivemelody

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Re: Architectural setting for a marquise - suggestion or cus

distracts|1478138884|4093122 said:
I think you might be describing basically a buttercup setting?
Yes! Thank you! The first setting is super similar to the pearl ring I had. So glad this has a name!
 
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