I really like these rings which have a little colored "surprise" stones in the sides of the center...kind of a little bonus I suppose, (these were a real bonus since she wanted to use synthetics to save $$ and I decided to set naturals anyway and just not charge her for the extra). This client wanted the surprise stones set very flush in the head as well as having the sides sculptured around the 1 1/2 point melee in the bands. She provided the larger diamonds and I provided everything else. Here's a shot of the CAD rendering that we started from and one of the finished ring. You'll notice that the CAD rendering has the prongs left extended and no cutouts in the band. This is for ease in casting and so that I have enough material to do the handwork after the casting is done. Oh, I almost forgot, this is in 18K palladium/white gold alloy, nearly as white as platinum at 1/2 the price.
One interesting part of this project was that the center stone is a clarity enhanced stone. Very interesting in that the enhancement is very obvious under a microscope, (kind of an opalescent blueish flash effect), but not noticeable as such to the naked eye. I'll bet this stone gained about 3 clarity grades from the enhancement process. It turned out very much prettier than the picture shows. I think that everything looks better when you can see it in 3D with two eyes, instead of the one big eye of the camera.
Very nice Michael. I like how the shank sides go up to the side stones. Is the center a radiant and the two main side stones are rounds? It's hard to tell from the pics. That was really generous of you to provide natural stones at no additional cost!!
I love it!!!!!!!! The customer is gonna be thrilled! Especially when she finds out you hooked her up with that natural surprise stone. Instead of the synthetic one she wanted to save some $$$$ with. Another fine job!