I recently completed a custom order for a set of contoured wedding bands in 18k Palladium white gold and channel set yellow sapphires for a lovely Australia couple. They will be worn next to their cushion cut yellow sapphire engagement ring from my Fold collection.
The finished rings turned out great.
Jon had purchased the cushion cut sapphire engagement ring in spring of 2013 and surprised Michaela with it a couple month later.
Michaela wrote me this wonderful note when she contacted me to make matching wedding bands to go with it.
"First of all I have to say a huge thank you for designing the engagement ring my husband surprised me with last year. We were wed in February however I have had the gorgeous solitaire on my finger since June last year. I absolutely love it and living in Australia, haven't seen anything like it. It's so unique and classic and beautiful."
Ahh, Thank you too! I loved making this ring. It has such a special bright yellow sapphire and turned out beautifully.
Since I did not have the engagement ring in my hands to match the outer contour for the band curvature, I had to use my CAD model from the original engagement ring. I knew even with the adjustment I do by hand after milling the wax model, it wold come pretty close to the finished ring outline. I sent Michaela a couple renderings to finalize the stone choice.
The wedding bands were then milled in wax on my CNC mill and sent off to Hoover & Strong for casting in recycled 18k palladium white gold.
Here are the cast rings on my bench, prefinished and prepped before stone setting.
Not having done channel set rings is a while (other than the single channel set stone I often do) I had to get some practice in again. I purchased some Trendsetter Wheels while being in Tennessee for a platinum fabrication class at New Approach School. Those brass wheels are a great way to learn stone setting by just practicing it over and over again. I referred back to my notes from lat years comprehensive stone setting class too where we did practice channel setting quite a bit.
After a couple practice runs setting CZ's into the brass wheel, I felt pretty confident to tackle the stone setting on the custom white gold rings.
Setting went well thanks to the previous layout in CAD and precise CNC milling of the wax models.The small sapphires I got were slightly larger than the actual 1.75mm measurement I had ordered, which isn't uncommon. It brought them closer together with less space between. Thankfully it still worked with the layout I had and I got then all set without touching each other. Doing this setting work under the microscope is a huge help.
The finished wedding rings.
They made their journey to Australia without a hitch.
Michaela and Jon had in the mean time expanded their family with a newborn baby. Congratulations to the happy family!
Once Michaela found time to open the package she wrote me this wonderful note:
"Finally got to see my rings! And they're both soooo beautiful! Thank you! My husband and I are both so excited for me to have them and couldn't think of a better jeweller to make these for us. The sapphires are slightly darker than the engagement ring but that's the nature of stones I guess. I just love the yellow though, I'm not into diamonds :) Such a special and unusual wedding ring set, I'm so thrilled to have worked with you on this. Michaela xxx"
Thank you both for working with me. It was such a pleasure making these rings for you. I am always humbled and touched by the gratitude I get from my happy customers.
I added channel set wedding bands to my line of wedding rings. They can be ordered as half or full eternity rings either with a straight outline or curved contoured shadow bands. They are available with sapphires and moissanites. I will add a diamond and also blue sapphire version soon.