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My new setting (2 ring mashup with PS users help)

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Rough_Rock
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I wasnt sure if this goes here or in show me the bling? I wasnt even going to post this but I cant help it! I love it SO MUCH! It came out amazing. It's better than I could have imagined. I came on here seeking advice about using an antique ring but I hated the basket/head on it, and wanted to used a Leon Mege basket.I asked how to make the Mege basket look more "antique".

I originally wrote a 1 page word document on the back story but have decided I'm leaving out the entire back story here, and I will just say I chose David Klass for the project.

My advice to anyone who wants to do a project: GET WHAT YOU WANT THE FIRST TIME!!! Don't let ANYONE convince you that you want something else, don't let anyone tell you that it won't look right, YOU are the ONLY person who needs to like it!! If you have the nagging little feeling like "It's not really what I want but i guess I'll settle..." DONT SETTLE! Find someone else who will do the project for you then! You can say no, don't give up on what you want, ask someone else if you have to.

These were the inspiration pics:

Mostly from this ring below, except not the flowery basket, and instead of the "teeth" with 3 points, make it a kite with one point.
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I had saved this picture for like 11 years, I LOVE this basket, LOVE LOVE LOVE but its very modern, so i needed it to be more antique looking, so @bludiva was like "Just add milgrain!" Another poster said to flatten it a little and not have it be so tubular. So I conveyed that to David.

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@rockysalamander had suggested using this erika winters lotus

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I also showed him this pic because I wanted that central kite to be larger

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This was my franken ring photoshop. CLEARLY I am not good at photoshop. The MOST important thing to me was the prongs, double claws like here.

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I asked him to etch the prongs exactly he did here (but obviously double claws like the Mege)

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So David sent me a CAD. It looked perfect, but he then sent a wax cast anyway, he wanted to make sure it was right. The center kite was perfect, it was bigger as I had asked, but the 2 little side leaves were not as "bent" as much in the wax cast as they were on the inspiration ring. I wasnt sure how i felt about it. I liked that it was more substantial when looking at it straight on, but I did like the dimensionality of the bent sides, I liked when you see it from the top down how you see the leaves... but then I realized on my finger, i'm mostly looking at the ring head on, when I see it, thats how I see it more. I decided to leave them flatter. They ARE bent, just not 'as bent'. LOL.

I can't say how happy I am with the ring. It's exactly what I pictured. The milgrain is perfect. The thing sparkles like CRAZY. Thats the best part, with my old ring the setting didn't really sparkle, it was so small in scale it didnt do much, this thing just sparkles like crazy!! I didnt like how my old setting was more of a solitaire, no one even noticed the beautiful detail on it because it was just too small in scale, you didnt even notice it. This is much more substantial in scale.

David LISTENED TO ME. That is my biggest take away. HE LISTENED. Not just to "one thing" I said in my email, to ALLLLLLL the things I said in my email. Most vendors I feel half read what you say, you may say three things and they address 2 of them, he read and comprehended everything I said and repeated it back to me.

I dont know who carved this thing, but it is absolutely AMAZING. I have not one "con" to working with David. The price was half what I would have paid with a different vendor, and his work is exceptional. I did not get what I paid for, I got way better. I cannot believe how amazing the milgrain/carving is. I cannot believe the level of craftsmanship on this ring. I love it so much.

Soooooooooooooo now I need to figure out what the heck wedding band to pair with this!!

The diamond is a GIA Old European Brilliant, L 2.27 VS2, 7.97 - 8.36 x 5.42. I am a size 4.25

*note: all pics with iphone

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Ideal_Rock
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It looks fantastic!! Working with DK is a dream if you know what you want, which you did. I admit I couldn’t see your vision in your earlier posts but it obviously came together and looks amazing. So glad you got what you wanted and are happy with it!

Yes you should post it in SMTB so more people see it - I think you can hit report post and ask the mods to move it there so you don’t have to repost.
 

ksage92

Rough_Rock
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Beautiful! And David is fantastic — worked with him on 2 projects and couldn’t be more pleased.
Wear your ring with joy ❤
 

msop04

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This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I think I'd pair it with a very thin bead set diamond band with milgrain to echo the leaves.
 

elle_71125

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I'm glad you followed your heart. David does amazing work (as always) and your new ring looks amazing! :love:
 

Catmom

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Oh, it's just gorgeous!!! I love everything about it. Congratulations on a fabulous ring.
 

kayla17

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Congrats on your beautiful ring! I too had David make me a ring recently and I absolutely love it. In fact I’m sort of sad bc now that my ring is here, I have no projects!

But I think a thin milgrain pave diamond band would look great with your new ring. Just have him set the diamonds similar to the shank of your ring.
 

swaye2010

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To my ring soul sister - I enjoyed this ring journey with you! The petals on that OEC are amazing and you know I love to miligrain and engrave the heck out of everything. I love your vision and your perseverance to get things just right this time. Congrats on how this came out! I know when you look at this ring, you will have happy new memories that you couldn’t escape from the last one. Next will be that wedding band!
 

Rfisher

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You go, you!
Absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad you decided to post the finished piece.
It’s gorgeous. :love:
 

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Rough_Rock
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It looks fantastic!! Working with DK is a dream if you know what you want, which you did. I admit I couldn’t see your vision in your earlier posts but it obviously came together and looks amazing. So glad you got what you wanted and are happy with it!

Yes you should post it in SMTB so more people see it - I think you can hit report post and ask the mods to move it there so you don’t have to repost.
thank you! I will try to move it!
 

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Rough_Rock
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This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I think I'd pair it with a very thin bead set diamond band with milgrain to echo the leaves.
Thank you! Thats what I was thinking, I'm just nervous, I dont want to 'take away' from it. David did ask me if I wanted him to adjust the design so a band could sit flat but I didnt like how it looked as much, so i told him to leave it.
 

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Congrats on your beautiful ring! I too had David make me a ring recently and I absolutely love it. In fact I’m sort of sad bc now that my ring is here, I have no projects!

But I think a thin milgrain pave diamond band would look great with your new ring. Just have him set the diamonds similar to the shank of your ring.
OMG, I agree, I am like "Hmmm... what am i going to do with myself now??" because I saw so many things I loved when looking for the elements of this project!
 

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Rough_Rock
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To my ring soul sister - I enjoyed this ring journey with you! The petals on that OEC are amazing and you know I love to miligrain and engrave the heck out of everything. I love your vision and your perseverance to get things just right this time. Congrats on how this came out! I know when you look at this ring, you will have happy new memories that you couldn’t escape from the last one. Next will be that wedding band!
I don't even know what to say to you!! You put up with like 18 months of this with me!!! THANK YOU! for all your support and suggestions and just for listening to me!!

Now we get to make a band... LOL. And I better get on it really, the wedding is in 5 months!
 

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Rough_Rock
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You go, you!
Absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad you decided to post the finished piece.
It’s gorgeous. :love:
LOL! I ALMOST tagged you in this because you had said you hoped I would post it but I wasnt sure if you'd remember!
 

bludiva

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I can't thank you enough for your suggestion there on it! It came out AMAZING! I would have done that wheat pattern all over it but thanks to your idea i think the milgrain works way better so it's not so busy!
happy to be of any help - you did a great job pulling together a bunch of elements to create your special ring!
 

tyty333

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Beautiful! So glad it turned out the way you wanted!
 

msop04

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Thank you! Thats what I was thinking, I'm just nervous, I dont want to 'take away' from it. David did ask me if I wanted him to adjust the design so a band could sit flat but I didnt like how it looked as much, so i told him to leave it.
If you wanted it to stand out, you could always pair it with a thin, plain platinum band.
 
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