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Bespoke Split Shank Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring

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Sketching ideas

It starts sometimes with stones I find and just know they will work perfectly together, other times it starts with a sketch of an engagement ring and then I go find the right stones. When I can’t find the right stones I have them custom cut.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
Custom cut caddy shape diamonds

This project started off with a beautiful sapphire, I then had two caddy shape diamonds custom cut as I had the design finalised in my head.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
Two shanks is better than one… sometimes.

This design concept was developed with one of my goldsmiths after sitting down and shooting the breeze about what we could do to make a ridiculously cool ring.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
assembly

I used platinum for this design as I love the weight and feeling it gives to the wearer. It is a wonderful metal very malleable so great for unique designs.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
Ready to set

The flared shoulders sweep out and around the custom caddy cut diamonds which are very impactful and so unique. The shanks both join half way down and split again around the back making this a substantial ring on the finger.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
Skilled hands
engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
precision and skill is required to set

I love how the sides of this ring turned out, the caddy’s are wider than most side stones you will typically see on engagement rings which make the over all results look very impressive and unique.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard dublin ireland
Top down view

When designing rings for clients, they often have an idea of what they want which can be a great help but what I try to do is explore how to improve designs and create something totally unique by hand. While simple and elegant has its place and I also make rings like that I try where and when possible to create something that truly matches a clients personality. My clients come on a journey with me through this process and the end result is something much more special than an off the shelf ring you can pick up in any high street store often mass produced by machine with little heart and soul or quality.

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard
finishing details

I cadded up this original design after initial sketches just to get a visual of the end result.

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Cad of bespoke sapphire diamond platinum engagement ring
engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard
Cad of bespoke sapphire diamond platinum engagement ring

21+ years of doing this gives me a confidence that no design is impossible, so I am going to challenge anyone reading this to get in touch with me and see what we can make together, it will be interesting, it will be a learning experience, it will be fun but most importantly it will be UNIQUE!

engagement rings custom made by ronan campbell bespoke sapphire diamond designyard

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Private appointments with me can be arranged by email ronan@designyard.ie or through my instagram

Ronan Campbell is a private jeweller, Diamond & Gemstone specialist at DESIGNYARD Dublin Ireland

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Handmade 6ct Sapphire Engagement Ring in rose gold

Go big or go home…


About 90% of the rings I make are custom made, this was a recent commission which started as all bespoke projects do, with a casual chat.

I met my clients on a wet evening in Dublin Ireland after everyone in the workshop and gallery had gone home. We discussed the type of dream ring they would like.

Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring

We tried lots of different styles of rings from the wonderful independent designers at Designyard we also tried on lots of my engagement rings which I had ready… But nothing was sparking the feeling you get when you find “the ring”.

Our conversation went from diamond engagement rings to coloured gems and sapphires in particular of which I am a complete geek on, it sometimes leads me to ramble on about the fascinating mineral corundum, I tend/try to stop when my clients eyes glaze over… I have a collection of sapphires in all colours imaginable and sizes that range from the tiniest one pointer to over 10cts.

2.84ct Colour change natural untreated sapphire expertly cut

I asked my clients in an ideal world what would they like, again the answer which I get a lot at this stage of the process is I just do not know until I see it. We left it at that for the evening and agreed we would all put our thinking caps on and regroup the next day after the initial meeting.

Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring

The next morning I looked into my collection of loose gems to see what I had which could may work, the client mentioned she was a big fan of rose gold which many people are including myself, my wedding ring is rose gold, well I have three wedding rings which I wear altogether one yellow gold from the year 1771, a black carbon fibre and diamond one and my ‘official’ 18k heavy rose gold one, I think there is a post coming up on that shortly…

Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring

I opened my sapphire treasure trove and the first stone I took out was this gorgeous 6ct, I got a little excited as I knew this would be the stone we would end up using. Later that evening again after the rest of the team had all gone home I met up with my clients.

Once the 6ct came out of the special wrap it had been hiding in for years it never went back in, within minutes the agreement was made for me to go mock up a few CADs to get an idea of the end result to help my clients visualise.

Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring
Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring
Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring

When designing a ring in my head it is very easy for me to visualise the end result as its been 21 years of making very special engagement rings so there really is not a challenge I cant rise to, so I don’t usually waste my time CADDING Up but for clients sitting down with me it can sometimes be a rollercoaster full of emotion, nervousness & excitement so in order to help ease the process I sometimes do a basic CAD.

Above you can see CAD has its limits, it doesn’t show the detail we can create by hand making, the fineness of my eagle claws although this ring is big and bold it is also extremely elegant and I wish its new owner a lifetime of happiness wearing it.

Private appointments with me can be arranged by email ronan@designyard.ie

To stay up to date with what I am making for clients and to get some inspiration ideas for engagement rings and my general adventures in the diamond and jewellery world keep an eye on my instagram

Ronan Campbell Sapphire Rose Gold Bespoke Engagement Ring

Private appointments with me can be arranged by email ronan@designyard.ie or through my instagram

Ronan Campbell is a private jeweller, Diamond & Gemstone specialist at DESIGNYARD Dublin Ireland

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