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My antique inspired sapphire and diamond cluster ring made in UK

paragon1234

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Original thread here. Copying some of it to here.

I live in the UK and wanted to find a good jeweller to make an antique style platinum ring with milgrain and engraving. I supplied the centre sapphire. Based on other PSers' experiences, I went with Simon Wright Jewellery in London. HIs website is https://www.sw-jewellery.com/

Here is my summary of the experience:

I liked working with Simon. He suggested some design elements, I suggested others. He sent me cads and revised them until I was happy. Then he sent me a plastic mould of the ring. This was really helpful because I felt the shank was too thin compared to the head of the ring, so the shank was made thicker and the shoulder design had to change with it. We ended up with 16 2.3mm diamonds - 14 in the halo and 2 on the shoulders. The sapphire is from a fellow PSer, and measures 7.55 x 6.82 and weighs 2.52 carats. Standard heated. This is the photo from the loupetroop listing:
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I went to London to Simon's workshop to pick up the ring as insured shipping was too expensive. I made a day of it and went to Kew Gardens afterwards :).

Simon let me look around his workshop and showed me the tools and gadgets. I really enjoyed that part. He explained that he does all designs in CAD now, and the pieces are cast, not hand forged, because that takes too much time. He sends them off to someone else to do the stone setting, and another person to do the engraving.

I think in this case the stone setter was a bit untidy with the bezel around the sapphire, but it doesn't bother me too much. I'm clumsy anyway so the ring WILL end up with dinks.

I'm not a stickler for millimetre precision (some of the threads on PS about alignment make me cringe because I don't have anything that is perfect), and based on his portfolio which are mostly modern in style, I think this intricate vintage design is not his usual bailiwick. The engraving is lovely though.

The ring is made in platinum and weighs 10 grams. It's US size 3.5 so the face of the ring looks massive on me. I wonder if people assume it's costume jewellery. Where I live, people wear small modest rings.

All photos are shown smaller than the original. You should be able to look at the full size to see details.

The ring:
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I wanted to see if it was really similar to a cornflower, hence:
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Close up of the engraving:
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It fluoresces under UV light:
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And looks violet in certain lights:
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paragon1234

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The sapphire in my engagement ring unfortunately looks almost black in dim light. I wanted a blue sapphire that didn't look black in such conditions, and now I have it.

Compared to my wedding ring set in sunshine:
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In shade while riding in the car. Husband must have been rolling his eyes at me, taking endless photos.
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In very dim lighting. This is where I needed it to perform and it does.
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All in all, I love the sapphire - it changes colour depending on the lighting, and to have cornflower blue, a darker medium blue, and violet/lavender in 1 stone is awesome.

I also love the ring, which is my biggest purchase yet. I don't think I could justify spending any more on a ring so this is my big purchase of the decade. I would recommend working with Simon, as I found the process very smooth, though perhaps more for something modern.
 

Kyton

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Your ring is just gorgeous :kiss2: I’m not normally a fan of haloes but I think your bezel just makes it seem more “uncluttered” plus the blue is so pretty. Enjoy looking at your new ring, it is divine.
 

Ally T

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OK, so this has just bumped up to be possibly my all time favourite sapphire ring.....

That colour is BEAUTIFULLY perfect, the design & execution of the setting is exquisite, and the presence on your hand is knock out. Love every single detail :kiss2: :kiss2:

And being a fellow UK PSer, I will definitely recognise you if I ever see your hand out & about! Congratulations!
 

Rfisher

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Very beautiful!
I love the color shift in your sapphire and the ring setting you came up with is wonderful
Your comparison pictures are great -love seeing the different personalities

enjoy this beauty (along with your other blue beauty!)
 

dk168

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It's beautiful, thanks for sharing!

DK :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2:
 

rosethorn

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The bezel, the halo, the milgrain, the leaf detail - you’ve made so many little choices and they all work together so beautifully. And the color of that sapphire!
 

tyty333

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It turned out beautiful! I love the color and the diamond really make it pop! Nice job!
 

Catmom

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It's beautiful! I love everything about it. :kiss2::kiss2:
 

ItsMainelyYou

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:love::love:I love this kind of project coming to fruition and be so worth it.
This ring is exactly that example. It's beyond fantastic. If it was the only ring you ever make/buy/own it would be an excellent choice. Look at that sapphire!
* also love the engraving on the leaves especially- you don't see that very often(and I'm stuffing it into my inspo. folder). :bigsmile:
 
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Sprinkles&Stones

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Wow this is huge and stunning! The color is amazing. I LOVE huge diamond halos. Well done! Thanks for sharing <3
 

canuk-gal

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HI:

Wonderful! Enjoy your ring of the decade!

cheers--Sharon
 
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