- 3 months ago
I am in the midst of a new ring project with David Klass’s team.
Once upon a time, there was a loose garnet on my favorite gemstone dealer’s site that I fell for in a big way. I stalked this stone for a few months. Every time I visited the site (which was daily), I had to go seek out this stone to admire. I saved pictures of it on my computer. I lived in fear that it would sell, because I knew I would be heartbroken. And yet, I always held off on buying it.
Until … I realized I wanted to do a “goth”-style or -themed ring setting. I wanted to do something with a roses and ravens theme, because I love both of these things. And I knew, right away, that “my” garnet I had been stalking would be perfect for this project. Luckily, this epiphany happened around my birthday, and I was able to grab my garnet off the seller’s site as part of my birthday gift.
I unexpectedly came into a small financial windfall (more like a stiff breeze, but still — ha, ha!), so I was able to start on my project earlier than expected. And now, it is actually rounding the finish line. I’ve been working with Amy on this one. It’s my first time working with her (that I know of), and the process has been fun and easy so far. She totally nailed everything I wanted in the second round of CADs, and my little 3D model arrived yesterday. So … of course, I have lots of pics!
This is the second (and final) CAD:
I originally planned to do a mixed metal and stones halo around the center stone. And I was going to try a feather pattern on the band. These, as well as the raven head placement, are the main differences between the first and second round of CADs.
And some pics of the plastic model! I’m going to do most of the setting in 14K rose gold. And I plan for the raven heads to be in black gold.
Here are some pics of my stone in the model. It’s just balanced in here, so it might look a little crooked in the pics. The stone is a rhodolite garnet, but it has a deep and beautiful red color. It’s a modified round brilliant and is around 2.71 ct equivalent.