Post # 1
So I’m already married, but after getting pregnant with my 3 year old my rings no longer fit. So for our 5 year wedding anniversary Darling Husband let me get my ring reset. I had a solitaire round 0.7 ct diamond with a channeled diamond band. So I decided to make the two into one ring and do a vintage inspired halo cluster ring.
Here is the CAD of the ring, I’ve already made changes once and just asked to make a few more minor changes. I go back and forth between loving it and being worried it wont turn out how I have it pictured in my head. I’m also having a hard time determining how big this will be on my finger.
So anyway, I just love rings and love to see and talk about them, so do you have a CAD drawing or a ring? And possibly a picture of the ring once it was done?
Post # 2
These were my old rings and my inspiration for the new one
Post # 3
That’s going to be stunning!
heres the CAD for my set and the finished rings
Post # 4
It looks like it’s going to be really pretty! Maybe ask if you can get a wax mold to see if it is really what you are thinking.
Post # 5
On your ring, I love the unique halo with larger melee. I think this will have a real floral feeling. Since you are new to CADs, I’ll point out a few things.
1) Coverage? Your inspiration ring is a size 7 and has about 70% coverage (photo is angled, so that is guess). On a size 7, you would need a 5-5.5 carat round to achieve that coverage. So, that puts the width of the diamond at 11 to 11.5 mm. So, with your ring size in hand, you can determine how wide the halo would be to give you similar coverage.
2) The halo, on both, is flat. The outer halo stones will look MUCH better if you have them angled at 20-25% off of level. So, tipping away from the center. This gives a beautiful side view and avoids the halo looking like a flying saucer. The below ring by Victor Canera is the perfect angle.
3) Are you ok with not being able to wear a wedding band or ring flush with this ring? If you look at my markup, you can see they have the prongs swing way out. This will prevent having a ring flush, where the VC ring has the prongs pushed in and uses a doughnut to keep the ring next to it level with the shoulder/band of the ring. See mashup below. Have a look at this ring (https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/my-gorgeous-dainty-erd-rose-gold-halo-omb.191094/). The basket of support has that floral feeling with petals and yet still gives you room for another ring. I think the basket of this rose gold ring would suit your ring if you want to scooch in the gallery.
4) Your lovely inspiration is an antique ring with pretty traditional wide tab prongs. Have you thought about the prong-tips you want? You can ask for tab-prong, like the inspiration, but can change the proportions. You can also ask for claw prongs or whatever you like. It is best to have a photo of the prong you want and say…these. I choose claw prongs and my ring still have a very antique feeling (see https://thegemstoneproject.com/the-resilient/). So, make sure you get what you want.
5) The band on the CAD looks really narrow in proportion to the ring. Much thinner than your ering. Is that ok with you? You might need a wider band to balance the larger head…or…not. You have to decide what works for your aesthitic. To me, the flaw in the VC ring is that narrow band. It fails to balance with the ring.
Post # 6
1.) Tilt the halo slightly.
2.) Def do not have all those long-ass prongs coming directly off the shank like that. Add a large donut underneath for better balance and shorter prongs.
Post # 7
thank you for this feedback! Great point about making the halo diamonds on more of an angle. I am definately going to say my jeweler about that! I didn’t approve this CAD and asked them to make the center stone sit higher above the halo, and asked for the prongs to be smaller and the setting to not be so rounded, like you pointed out, so I could stack bands underneath it. I did ask for a thin dainty band, so I’m assuming the jewler knows what they’re doing and it will hold up to the weight? I’ve worried about this as well but I wanted the band and setting to be dainty and simple so the ring really pops. My ring will be in a size 6 and the picture I have for inspiration is the same carat size as my diamonds, so I’m hoping it is similar. I also asked my jewler for a picture on a finger for size. I don’t want to have an idea in my head how it will look then be dissapointed.
wow this is stunning!!!! See this gets me excited because you’re ring is so much prettier than the CAD drawing. I expected to be wowed by the CAD but it feels underwhelming to me. But I’ve looked at so many similar rings and I love them all so I know I will love it when it’s done.
the next step is approving the CAD to go to wax. Hopefully the new drawing is everything I wanted so I can approve it! This will be the third drawing now.
Post # 8
This is an extreme example of the large-donut design, but you get the idea. It would look like a crown from the side.
Post # 9
that is so pretty! The reason I wanted it to stand up higher was to stack bands underneath it. It seems with this wedding that would be hard to do.
Post # 10
Your ring is lovely! Mine is supposed to arrive by next Wednesday, so I’m trying to be patient 😉
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2014 - Monte Carlo inn
you’ve pribrbaly seen my posts recently 🙂 I also combined 2 rings into one.
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This is my original e-ring (simple thin band solitaire) it’s a 0.63ct , Vs1 ,G colour:
This is my parent’s ring that was given to me on my wedding day ( I used the diamonds and the gold to create my halo and side stones):
The finished CAD drawing :
the final ring :
Post # 12
I have seen yours!!! Your ring is breathtaking! That jewler did an amazing job!!! I love your band too. I’m still deciding on what type of band I want to wear with my new ring. I will have 6 loose diamonds leftover from my old band, so I’m saving them until we can afford to have a new band made as well. So for now I’m buying a variety of cheap bands to see what styles I prefer.
beautiful!!! Being patient is so hard isn’t it? I want to approve my CAD so bad just to hurry along the process, but I know if I don’t get it exactly right I will regret it forever. I cant wait to see that ring on your finger when it gets here! Be sure to post a pic!
Post # 13
it looks really pretty! I have a CAD not the ring just yet but it’s being designed from this one.
Post # 14
Here is a vintage setting better showing the tilt away from the center for a cluster.
On the band thickness. My band (below) is 3 mm and 2.29 mm tall which balances the large top well. I wear this stacked with a 5 mm wedding band and I did not want the total stack super tall, so I had the designer drop if from 3.5 mm wide.
Personally, with such a large halo, I would consider tapered shoulders. Ignore that this is a double halo, but the cover coverage is similar and I think the tapered shoulder help balance the setting really well. But, this is your ring and your finger. You get what you like! If you taper the shoulder, then the doughnut underneath will be the same width as the shoulder to keep the ring level with a band.
Post # 15
Do you mind if I ask who you used to make your custom? The one I’m wanting is very detailed and yours is beautifully crafted. If you want, you can email me at [email protected]