Over the past few months we have been approached by many colored stone collectors and enthusiasts about making custom jewelry for their sapphires, aquamarines, spesserite garnets, malaya garnets, beryls etc. Apparently most custom jewelers are not willing to work with colored stones because they are softer than diamonds and tend to get damaged or break much more easily than diamonds. Being that we have two setters in the workshop who are comfortable working with colored stones, we have taken on quite a few projects. One of the first projects we undertook was an alternating round sapphire and marquise diamond full eternity band. The e-mail request came in as follows:
"I have eight 2.5mm round Yogo sapphires and was thinking of getting an eternity band made with them by alternating them with marquise shaped diamonds, all bezel set in gold. This would be for a size 7.25 finger. I was wondering if I could get an estimate as to how much something like this would cost?"
We put together a quote using the customer's eight sapphires and eight .10ct G/H SI marquise shaped diamonds and the customer gave us the green light to proceed. As is the case with all our custom work, she was e-mailed the CAD rendering to approve before the ring was cast. She vacillated between having it made in 18K yellow or white gold and ended up selecting yellow gold.
On receiving her beautiful new band she e-mailed us the following:
"Hi Lesley, Thank you very much for the fabulous job you did. I love, love, love my ring! I'm so glad I stuck with my original plan and went with the yellow gold."
Feast your eyes……..