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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

blue diamond engagement ring

Top Picks & Predictions: Chrisite’s Magnificent Jewels 12th November Geneva

7ct Emerald Fancy Deep Blue Diamond Ring by Moussaieff

My Top 5 selections from Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction taking place in Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva on the 12th November 2019, although the top lot is included selections below are my personal choices and not necessarily by value.

A fascinating selection of gems and jewellery from some of the Top Jewellery Houses around the world is on offer from Christie’s next month in Geneva, pieces from Graff, Tiffany, Cartier, Harry Winston, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels to name just a few.

1. Moussaieff 7.03ct Fancy Deep Blue Emerald Cut Diamond

7ct Emerald Fancy Deep Blue Diamond Ring by Moussaieff

A very impressive blue diamond ring by Moussaieff with an auction estimate of CHF 10,000,000 – CHF 14,000,000. As we have seen in the past diamonds of this quality and colour and clarity grade can achieve very high prices, I am going to put my neck on the line here and estimate this could go for at least CHF 17,000,000. I will be watching closely!

7.03ct Fancy Deep Blue Emerald Cut Diamond GIA Report

2. Cartier Exceptional Sapphire & Diamond Brooch

39.19ct Octagonal step-cut sapphire & Diamond Brooch by Cartier

A remarkable Royal Blue Ceylon sapphire is centre stage in this brooch framed perfectly by rectangle and round diamonds by Cartier. This piece is accompanied with reports by AGL, Gübelin & SSEF all 2019 which indicate the absence of any treatments. Auction estimate CHF 500,000 – CHF 700,000 it could achieve considerably more.

3. 10.01ct D Colour Internally Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

10.01ct D Colour Internally Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

As a fan of the emerald cut and other step cuts my heart skipped a beat when I spotted this rare beauty. A type IIa diamond is the purest type of diamond devoid of traces of nitrogen or boron. The diamond is set in a simple, elegant setting which could easily be changed if the new owner wanted to make this diamond into a show stopping piece. Auction estimate is CHF 700,000 – CHF 900,000 Which is about right I can see this stone selling for CHF 800,000

10.01ct D Colour Internally Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

4. JAR Emerald & Diamond Bow Ring

JAR Jewellery are known for the most exquisite pieces. Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR) pieces are so sought after he will not sell you a piece unless he feels it matches you perfectly. This stunning Emerald & Diamond Bow Ring is sure to create a stir when the bidding starts. The opportunity to acquire a JAR piece at auction always piques the interest of avid collectors. Based in Place Vendôme Paris creating less than 100 pieces per year. There is no point in stopping by as there is not even a sign outside the door and you may only visit if your appointment has been accepted by Joel.

Auction Estimate CHF 100,000 – CHF 150,000 This piece is sure to reach the higher end estimate figure if not beyond.

5. Sterlé Enamel and Diamond Harlequin Brooch

Sterlé Enamel and Diamond Harlequin Brooch

I think it is the facial expression which drew me to this brooch, a subtle smirk and whimsical flow. From the 1960’s with French Marks circular cut diamonds with vibrant green and blue enamel. Estimate CHF 10,000 – CHF 15,000 I predict it will go for at least CHF 16,000 one of 20 Sterlé brooches on offer, the perfect chance to add to your collection.

Pierre Sterlé is credited for being able to manipulate metal unlike anyone before him, he was seen as an innovator in the jewellery world and enjoyed the support of many large jewellery houses & socialites. Achieving many accolades during his career it is no wonder his pieces especially his brooches continue to see strong demand at auction over 40 years after his death.

There are many more exquisite pieces coming up in this sale from different eras Belle Époque and Art Déco jewels, Sapphires from Kashmir, Rubies from Burma and Emeralds from Colombia this article is only a snap shot to the pieces which piqued my interest. As part of Christie’s Luxury Week which is five auctions including luxury watches, fine & rare wines culminating with the Magnificent Jewels Auction on the 12th of November.

Viewing

Milan, 12 & 13 September
Rome, 19 & 20 September
London, 22 & 23 October
New York, 1–5 November

Geneva
Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues 7th – 12th

For more information see Christie’s Luxury Week

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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