Every ring tells a story.
Sarahs ring story begins with two treasures she had stowed away in her jewelry box for years. I met Sarah when she called me explaining that she wanted to honor her family history by creating something new with the diamonds from her heirloom rings. Of course, I was immediately interested!
Here’s what we had to work with:
The Rectangle Ring, c.1910 (left in photo) Sarahs grandmother was a stylish St. Louis woman who believed in good quality, great design and had a passion for DIAMONDS. Around 1910 she had a ring made for herself, a lovely art deco style platinum cocktail ring with a .5ct diamond center and sixteen smaller diamonds scattered around in filigree. It’s grand, like her, and Sarah remembers admiring the ring often because her grandmother wore it all the time. Sarah eventually inherited this ring
The Square Ring, 1940 (right in photo) When Sarahs mother graduated from high school a special gift was in order. So naturally Grandmother (of the grand cocktail ring above) had a diamond ring similar to her own custom made in platinum! She used the .5ct diamond taken from her original engagement ring, which was available since her engagement ring had been elegantly re-designed. Twenty smaller diamonds surround the center stone.
According to family tradition, Sarah inherited the square ring from her mother when she graduated from high school. She wore it every day for years and years until the gallery work (the open spaces under the settings that let light pass into the stones) weakened causing one of the corners to fall and the loss of a diamond. She was heartbroken and resigned it to her jewelry box where it sat for years.
Not satisfied to let her beautiful family rings live out their days in a small dark box, Sarah and I set to work on a design that would elegantly connect her past to her present and timeless enough to pass on to the next generation.
Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of Sarahs Ring Story!