Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Designing the Perfect Marriage Ring

If you are a long time reader, you may recall that I had problem finding the perfect ring.  My dislike of solitaires along with my love of pave and antique cuts like asscher and cushion was very limiting when we went to a traditional jewelry store.  A wife of one of our groomsmen used to work at a store on Jeweler's Row.  We decided to head there to see if they could help us.  

Denton called the store to set up appointment.  He told them that we were looking to design a ring.  One of the employees, Jeff, asked some information about what we wanted.  At the first appointment, we looked over some center stones.  I was so happy that he didn't try to talk me into a more traditional cut (princess, round, etc.) and stuck to what had been discussed.  I finally found the perfect stone- a cushion cut diamond.  We both wish we had gone their sooner!  

Next up, Designing!  Designing a ring is not an easy task for someone with zero experience.  However, I brought in some pictures.  My requirements were:  pave, diamonds everywhere, no plain band, flourishes, dots.  Jeff assured us that he could come up with something perfect.

Our following appointment was to look over the paper designs.  I was still a little bit scared because the design on paper wasn't quite proportional.  I thought that the prongs looked like giant fondant balls!  Jeff assured me that the ring would look great so we moved ahead with the wax mold. 





I would like to stay that when I saw the wax mold, I let out a huge sigh of relief.  I didn't.  The mold was quite ugly.  Since there were diamonds all over the band, there were empty "pits" everywhere.  Plus, I couldn't get the mold onto my finger so I had trouble figuring out exactly what it would look like on my hand.  (These pictures don't do the mold justice- I had yet to find the proper setting on my camera.)




Jeff kept saying to use my imagination!  I was a little worried... but I had no reason.  It turned out perfectly!!


If you are interested in designing your own ring, I would highly recommend my jeweler.  

 Fredrick M. Gottlieb & Co.
67 E. Madison St.
Suite 1921
Chicago
312.782.2222

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