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Sarahs Ring Story Part 3, The Rings

Sarahs Ring Story Part 3, The Rings

And...DONE! What do you think?

Heirloom redesign white gold vintage diamonds Heather Perry Maine jewelry designer

Every time I work through a design and finally see it come to life as a finished piece of jewelry I am amazed how much more beautiful it looks than I ever could have imagined!

There's really nothing like holding the finished piece in your hand. It's the motion of the body during wear that activates jewelry more than any image or drawing, no matter how well conceived. This time is no exception. I love the sparkly vintage feel of these rings. What’s more Sarah and her daughters do too! And trust me when I say there is A LOT of sparkle to love in these rings!

I was thrilled to help you keep the story of your family alive in these rings, Sarah,

THANK YOU!

Do you have inherited jewels stowed away you wish you wore more often? Email me right now: hp@heatherperryjewelry.com Let’s turn your heirlooms into meaningful jewelry you’ll want to wear every single day! xo, H

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Sarahs Ring Story Part 2, The Making

Sarahs Ring Story Part 2, The Making

How to make a diamond ring...

Part of Sarahs purpose for redesigning her family rings was to honor the memory of the two amazing women who raised her. Her intention was to give the finished rings to the two amazing women she raised-her daughters. With this in mind we decided to maintain the square arrangement of the diamonds honoring the original shape of both rings (and her grandmothers design style) while minimizing the size for functional every day wear.

Functional everyday diamonds-YES, PLEASE! I love the way Sarah thinks!

After establishing a general direction for the design of the rings it comes down to arranging the diamonds within the available space. In all we had 37 diamonds to work with!

Here’s the final version sketched out after many discussions and design variations. It includes 12 diamonds of varying sizes surrounding a center .5ct diamond in each ring-SPARKLE!

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Now, how to put it all together? For these rings I decided to use Computer Aided Design. When a high degree of precision is required for a design the use of CAD saves time and money-a win for everyone!

I know you’re curious, so here's a nutshell description of how jewelry is created using CAD:

Once the design is sketched the physical drawing is converted to a digital file that can then be manipulated in the computer. When it’s just right the file is sent to a Rapid Prototype Machine which carves a three dimensional version of the digital drawing in wax. This wax prototype is the model used to make a mold in order to reproduce the wax rings, which will be cast in metal. Fun, right!?

This is what a digital CAD image looks like:

Sarahs ring heirloom diamond ring CAD drawing Heather Perry Maine jewlery designer

In our case, we cast the rings in 14k white gold. After casting the metal is burnished and stones set. Final ring size correction, stone check for secure settings, polish to a brilliant shine, et voilà, DIAMOND RINGS!

Check back tomorrow to see part 3 of Sarahs Ring Story AND the finished rings!

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Sarahs Ring Story Part 1, The History

Sarahs Ring Story  Part 1, The History

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:

Sarahs ring heirloom diamond ring story Heather Perry Maine jewlery designer

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!

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A Wedding Ring Redesign, Lisa's Story

A Wedding Ring Redesign, Lisa's Story

Hello, hello, and happy 2017!

If you follow my work you know I love working one-on-one to create jewelry that symbolizes personal memories, events and victories; in short-jewelry that holds a chapter in story of your life. It’s an honor to be entrusted with these significant projects and to become a part of your story!

Sometimes the unimaginable happens - the loss the very object that represents a most important occasion. I recently had the opportunity to work with a wonderful woman named Lisa, to redesign her lost wedding ring. For Lisa this was a great loss. Not only had the ring disappeared but the heirloom family diamonds that it held.

For me, this was a really exciting project because Lisa's design aesthetic is so compatible with my own and we were able to create this truly unique, stunning and SPARKLY jewel that she feels comfortable wearing every day! Here's the story of Lisa’s ring in her own words:

“When I lost my beloved wedding ring, I was heartbroken. It was a highly textured custom-made wide band that contained two family diamonds, one from my and one from his side, and several diamonds we bought together.

"One day it was simply gone, and it took a long time for me to admit the fact that I would never see it again. Once I did admit that, one of the things that stopped me from replacing it was the knowledge that I couldn't afford something similar because I had inherited these two diamonds and now they were gone. But then a very satisfied customer/friend introduced me to Heather and I realized that she was not only willing to do custom work, but she seemed to really enjoy the process of working closely with a client on an intimate piece of jewelry.

I knew from my previous ring that the process of making a custom piece stays with you for the life of the piece. When you look at the ring, or necklace, you remember the experience of its creation.

"As I began working with Heather, I realized that she was committed to making sure that the experience was a pleasure as well as the final product. I especially knew this to be the case when she ordered several diamonds for me. I looked at them when they arrived and realized that they were not right for me. I felt terrible about making her go to that trouble, but she was completely relaxed about sending them back and starting over. She really seemed to understand what I was looking for, and I realized that I could be really explicit about my choices and she would be completely supportive. That was a new experience. After we sent the other diamonds back, she called with another option, which turned out to be the perfect stone at the right price. We took two small diamonds from another family ring and ordered some other small diamonds and we were ready.  

"She let me see the wax cast at every stage. For me, that was very reassuring. When the ring was finished and I slipped it on, it was absolutely perfect. It was even better than my previous ring because she was so careful and nuanced about the placement of the stones, the height of the bezels, the width of the band, the inside of the ring and especially important, the back of the ring which had always been uncomfortable in the old ring, so much so that I often took it off, which led to its eventual disappearance. My new ring is glamorous, delicate, unusual, hard-wearing, and I could not be happier with it or its maker.” 

Thanks for reading! If this has inspired you to begin your own custom or heirloom redesign piece, send me an email at hp@heatherperryjewelry.com, I’d love to hear what you have in mind! xo, Heather

stone placement map and wax model for Lisa's wedding ring

Above: mapping out the stone placement on the wax model for Lisa's ring.

Below: the hand-carved ring wax model complete and ready to cast!

wax model for Lisa's wedding ring complete

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