* i meant "arrows" not hearts, woops. and "pics" sorry, got a little excited!mrb09|1311715774|2977326 said:Thank you, everyone. The process was fantastic. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I was hoping that SK would be able to deal with me...he was easily up to the challenge. When I walked into his office, he had every picture of ring designs that I had sent him printed out and waiting on his desk. We sat for almost 2 hours and looked at past designs of his and bounced ideas back and forth off of each other. He listens and will give you whatever you ask for, while offering insight and perspective on what might improve your design.
He asked me if I had a deadline, and I told him, I did but it was a soft deadline, and I'd rather him take his time than rush to complete the ring. He ended up finishing my ring 9 days ahead of schedule...I was thrilled to say the least (the wait was killing me, I'm not good at keeping surprises and secrets from the wifey to be).
The result was 100% what I wanted, very excited at how perfectly it came out. The basket looks has bent prongs as to match the band and not sit the stone up there too high. The prongs are single with a split at the top, because we love that double claw look on the round diamond. I like how it gives it a bit of a squared appearance to the setting.
Can't say enough about the "u" cutdown diamonds on the band. Very little metal to speak of, however the appraiser told me that they were locked in the very very securely and the craftsmanship was as fine as you will ever see.
The center stone is pretty, I felt like I had to go pretty large in order to still look big with the crisscrossed bands, i didn't want it to get lost in the setting. It is a 2.5 ags triple ideal, measures out at about 8.75mm (hca 1.6 FIC)and looks really pretty on her size 5 hand (doesn't fit too well on my pinkie in those picks though haha). The stone has tons of fire, and displays beautiful hearts (although my photography skills don't really show them off). I haven't really figured out how to take good pics of diamonds yet.
A couple more pics attached...