Tourmaline & Diamond Ring

This commission had its beginnings with an intended restoration and re-set, but the process took an unexpected change of direction.

The client had inherited two near identical ruby rings and approached us with a view to having the stones re-set. Both rings had been worn for many years, so the stones exhibited significant signs of wear and tear.

Tourmaline & Diamond Ring

This commission had its beginnings with an intended restoration and re-set, but the process took an unexpected change of direction.

The client had inherited two near identical ruby rings and approached us with a view to having the stones re-set. Both rings had been worn for many years, so the stones exhibited significant signs of wear and tear.

Preliminary Steps

We discussed the merits of having the stones re-cut/re-polished to restore them to their former glory. This was the obvious time to consider these options as the stones would be removed from their existing setting.

Large, good quality rubies are extremely expensive, so the client was also advised to consider having the stones certificated prior to setting. This process would provide invaluable insights and a solid platform for appropriately insuring the stones.

The Importance Of Expertise & Experience

However, upon closer examination, both specimens were unusually free of inclusions and had not been fashioned with the care and reverence one would have expected of such impressive stones- this always sets off alarm bells.

As a precautionary measure, Jacqui undertook some gemmological tests before embarking any further. These confirmed that neither stone was a natural ruby- one was paste (glass) and the other was a man made ruby.

Hence, despite the sentimental value attached to the stones, neither had the commercial value which would justify being re-cut and re-set.

 

Embarking On A New Path

The client was actually relieved at the news and felt at liberty to explore other stones which she found more appealing. After experimenting with several different colour options, she settled upon a beautiful dusty pink cushion cut tourmaline.

In order to accentuate the distinctive colour of the centre stone, it was matched with a pair of collection quality Asscher cut diamonds. You need the shadows to appreciate the light.

Attention To Detail

Simplicity was essential for this client, so the key to the style of the setting was attention to the small details.

In order to enhance the gorgeous colour of the tourmaline, it was set in a warm rose gold, and the diamonds set in platinum. Fine talon claws ensured that the setting became so discrete that it was barely noticeable.

Prior to finalising the design, the client was presented with images and renderings which presented the ring to scale and in great detail.  This is a fundamental stage of the process as it enables the client to review the dimensions and all aspects of design (with the exception of the colour of the stones, which are for illustrative purposes only), and have the opportunity to make changes if desired.

Once the design is authorised, production commences.

A Stunning Result

Four weeks later, after being hall marked at the London Assay Office, she took delivery of her stunning ring…

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