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