When it comes to creating bespoke pieces, nothing is more special than being able to craft the most significant of jewellery, the engagement ring. Without a doubt, an engagement ring is the most famous and desirable item of jewellery in one’s lifetime. One way to make such a special ring even more special is having one hand-crafted from scratch, being able to propose to the love of your life with a dream ring.We have been lucky enough to be asked to create a stunning engagement ring recently. Henry Deakin, our managing director and seventh generation family jeweller worked with our customer directly to create their very own one of a kind bespoke design.
At Deakin & Francis, we work with you each step of the way to create your one of a kind jewellery piece. This stunning 18ct yellow gold ring features a central 3 carat, D colour, flawless pear shape diamond, which Henry, as a GIA certified gemologist, was able to source especially for the customer. With the customer stating it was pear shaped diamonds they desired, Henry already had 5 pear shape diamonds to potentially offer, however, the ever perfectionist that Henry is knew that only 2 would be good enough for a design like this. In the past, Henry has admitted that he rejects more stones than he accepts as he wants to produce the best of the best, knowing this can only be done if the gemstones and materials used themselves are of the highest quality. Utilising these 2 additional pear shaped diamonds to sit sideways next to the central showstopper to create this stunning trilogy diamond ring.
Since 1786, we have provided bespoke services and this is the same today. The process of creating bespoke jewellery begins with the idea for a bespoke piece which can be based on many different things such as a memory, place or interest. From there, concept artwork is drawn up to show a couple ways of how the designers will interpret the best way to express the design brief and ultimately create the perfect piece.
Bespoke Design & Consultation
Once an initial design idea has been discussed with our designers, they can look into sourcing the stones, or whether you intend to utilise your own stones that may have been saved from a previous family heirloom. What metal type, size and technical aspects of the piece are needed in order to create the perfect item. In this instance, the client wanted to provide the ‘Wow’ factor, and wished to make their proposal truly shine with a fully bespoke engagement ring.
After the client approved the initial sketch, we began working on a technical drawing produced with the help of Computer Aided Design to demonstrate the attributes of the items in high detail. Once approved, we worked with our Goldsmiths to discuss techniques we would employ to bring the engagement ring to life. We used traditional goldsmithing hand methods and the latest cutting-edge technology to achieve the finest of results.
Production & Quality Assurance
With the CAD drawing approved, the piece begins its journey through the production team. The shank was created using 18ct yellow gold in order to ensure a golden luxurious gleam around the circumference of the ring. 18ct white gold was then used to create claw settings in order to securely fixate the diamonds in place without distracting from the jewel and letting them shine to their full potential. White gold is often used when setting a diamond as it helps to show off the bright white colour of these stones. Yellow metal can often make a diamond appear more yellow in colour than the grade it is.
We would like to thank our client for giving permission to share the story of how we created this engagement ring. Our bespoke services cater to all jewellery wishes, from women’s jewellery to men’s accessories. Email [email protected] to enquire on bespoke jewellery.