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!
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:
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!