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GIA Certified Light Yellow Diamond Custom Engagement Ring Design

Feb 10, 2021

Custom Ring Design – Yellow Diamond

Let’s talk design – specifically, custom designs. While a great many of the fine goods we have at Samuelson’s include estate jewelry, signed jewelry, and hand selected creations, sometimes you just want something different. That’s when we get to really dig in and get creative. 

We recently came across a stunning light yellow diamond that was embedded in a dated cocktail ring. While the piece was beautiful, it wasn’t showcasing the diamond’s true radiance. The question then became how could we repurpose the diamond while also creating something new and beautiful? 

Authentication

First, we needed to know exactly what we were dealing with. We already knew that it was a special diamond, just given its size. By removing the stone from the original setting and sending it to GIA, we could get a complete report about its clarity, size, shape, and color to know what we were truly working with. When the GIA report came back, it verified the diamond as being 7.01 carats, in the Y to Z range for color, and with very slight inclusions in terms of its clarity.

Sustainability

The benefit of separating the yellow fancy diamond from its original setting meant that we now had a number of materials to work with. We knew we wanted to highlight the yellow diamond in a new, modern way. We also knew we could repurpose the other diamonds from the ring and allow them to shine separately. Taking this approach meant we could lessen our impact on the environment while creating two new stunning contemporary pieces from a single cocktail ring.

As it turns out, we had princess cut diamonds that were currently being used for stud earrings. The diamonds weighed 2.29 carats, were near colorless, and contained minor inclusions. Repurposing the diamonds from the earrings into side stones to offset the yellow diamond seemed like a winning combination.

Design

Now we needed to figure out what sort of setting would highlight all three diamonds. That’s where digital renderings came in. We used computer-aided design to visualize different molds and settings to make sure we got it just how we wanted. Did we want to update the design to contemporary cocktail ring standards? Or could this be a really unique and stunning engagement ring? Should we use platinum? How about gold? If we did gold, should it be yellow or white? Using computer-aided design allowed us to mix and match different styles until we found one that perfectly complemented all three stones. 

Final product

Once we honed in on a design, we were able to cast the ring in platinum and yellow gold, set the diamonds, and polish the entire piece. The entire process allowed us to flex our creativity and design aesthetic, which is always fun for us at Samuelson’s. What was once an outdated cocktail ring is now a sustainable and custom-designed radiant three-stone engagement ring. 

If you have estate jewelry that you’d love to repurpose into something contemporary, or want help in crafting a custom design, we’d be delighted to help. Get started today by getting in touch!

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