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John Q. Public 's Design Page & Blog (Customer's Name Changed for Privacy)
Hello! I love the design of this ring! Please let me know more information about it.
posted by John Q. Public at 10/18/2004 3:31:13 PM
Hello! Thanks for spending time on our website, I’m Krista and I have been making and designing jewelry for over 9 years in our family shop. We specialize in custom jewelry and are happy to work with you over the internet, through our interactive blog and over the phone. You are interested in a very beautiful design… this is personally one of my favorites!
This particular ring is estimated at costing XXXX. The Center Stone price is not included in this estimate. This particular ring is made in platinum but other metals are available per your request. White gold tends to be slightly warmer in tone, but there are some exciting new choices in metals so it is worth a bit of reading if platinum is not for you. I believe this piece is best when made in platinum, but the choice of metal can really make a difference in the price.
What kind of diamond were you thinking of using? Take a look at our diamond search page or give us a call… we will be more than happy to work with you to find the perfect stone(s).
Most rings we make are custom made from scratch or modifications of existing ideas. This ring for instance could easily have simple changes like different engraving, filigree or side stones, it can also be made with a different shank shape (softly squared, we call it Euro) or with sharper, heavy bottom corners and round inside. Do not hesitate to ask for these changes as they are everyday work for us!
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/19/2004 11:36:17 AM
I am interested in an asscher cut diamond of at least 1.5 carats and using platinum as the metal. However, I am curious what the price difference would be between 18k white gold and platinum. Also, I would like to slightly redesign this ring. Can you soften the look of the side triangular “plates” holding the side diamonds?
I love the antique look but would prefer for it to be a little less ornate. Is this possible? Maybe eliminate the engraving, I think…?
posted by John Q. Public at 10/19/2004 10:25:19 PM
It is absolutely possible! I love the soft square (We call it Euro Shank) , and it is very popular as it is the most comfortable fit. I’ll have one of our artists draw some rough sketches and send them your way.
Platinum is much more expensive than 18k gold, as much as 3x as much for material only, but with labor and artistrycosting the same in either metal, the price difference for a ring like this would be about 400.00-600.00 less in 18kt white gold. However, this price can often fluctuate. We will give you a firm quote once we know more details of the ring and size. As for the diamond… an asscher cut diamond would look wonderful in this style. I would also check out a radiant cut diamond. I have attached a few pictures of what these diamonds would look like. Keep in mind that these diamonds are not the correct carat size. A 1.5 carat diamond is larger than the ones pictured. You will notice that the radiant cut diamonds (located on the right side of the picture) appears to be more “sparkly” while it retains the rectangular shape you are going for.
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/20/2004 9:46:35 AM
You are absolutely right about the diamond. I thought that asscher was the one for me but now I’m leaning towards radiant. I’ll let you know what I decide. Thanks!
posted by John Q. Public at 10/21/2004 12:47:08 PM
Here are the rough sketches of a few choices. Keep in mind that these are very preliminary drawings. If you don’t absolutely love them… it is no problem to change them. Let me know what you think!
. . . Krista
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/22/2004 4:53:37 PM
The sketches look great! I like the rounded edges on the triangles, and I like the round prong choice the best. From the side view, I like the shape of the prongs from the original ring a lot so let’s not change that! I also really like the less ornate sides. I looked at the website and like the plain ring with just the millegrained edges like you sketched here.
posted by John Q. Public at 10/23/2004 8:54:08 AM
I’m so glad you like the sketches. What is your finger size? If you don't know it you can click
to determine it yourself.
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/24/2004 3:57:41 PM
My ring size is 5 ½. What’s the next step?
posted by John Q. Public at 10/24/2004 4:58:36 PM
Now, one of our professional artists will create a more detailed drawing of your ring. A cad rendering will also be created to give you even more of an idea what your finished ring will look like. This will take about 5 days. I will be getting back to you very soon! Have a great weekend!
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/25/2004 8:13:33 AM
Here are the polished sketches. Keep in mind that these can be changed if you see something you do not like.
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/26/2004 4:14:53 PM
and here is a rendering for you to peruse.
posted by Krista Tuttle at 10/31/2004 4:01:04 PM
The rendering looks really good, but I do not want the triangle holding the three smaller diamonds to be raised as high as it is in the rendering. I want it to look like the ones in the sketches. I also wanted you to know that I have finally decided on a radiant cut diamond opposed to an asscher. Please let me know various price ranges for these diamonds in the 1.5 carat range. I am interested in colorless or near colorless ones. I do not want a yellow tint that I can see at all. Thanks!
posted by John Q. Public at 11/1/2004 7:18:03 AM
You have made a beautiful diamond choice! These diamonds typically cost in the XXXX range but can vary depending on the cut, clarity and color. Take a look at our diamond search page listed under “gemstones” on our website, and feel free to either ask me more questions or give us a call to talk to our gemologist! She will be more than happy to answer any of your pending diamond questions. Once you have selected a diamond, our next step is to create a wax for you to view either through pictures or we can actually send it to you to try on. I’ll let you know when it is finished. We will make your requested change in the wax for your approval.
posted by Krista Tuttle at 11/1/2004 4:19:52 PM
I called and spoke to Anastasia about the diamonds, wow she knows her stuff! We decided to get a nice 1.5 ct radiant she found for us. She looked over several and chose the nicest one for us, and promised that if we did not love it we could swap it or even return it for a refund.
posted by John Q. Public at 11/1/2004 4:19:03 AM
That’s right, we have a full money back guarantee on all of our stones, and a solid custom “love it or we will remake it” guarantee on our custom work.
We all love to make jewelry and always give our honest opinion about the best stone, metal or style… so trust us, we never want to deliver a piece we designed and made that is not fabulous!
More Good news… your wax is finished! I’ve attached pictures for you to view. Please let me know if you like these or if you would like any changes to be made.
posted by Krista Tuttle at 11/5/2004 10:26:16 AM
Pictures look great! However, I would like to view the wax in person if possible.
posted by John Q. Public at 11/5/2004 1:26:59 PM
It is very possible! I’ll send it off this afternoon. Keep in mind that this will prolong the process depending on how long you keep it for. Also remember that while the wax rings are semi-hard they can still break so careful handling is needed. But do not stress, if you break it, we will make a new one, and there is no charge for this! Let me know what you think of it!
posted by Krista Tuttle at 11/5/2004 4:28:02 PM
I just received the wax model of the ring in the mail and I love it! No changes are needed… I’ll send it back to you today. Thanks for sending it.
posted by John Q. Public at 11/8/2004 2:28:29 PM
I am so excited that you like it. The finished product will be absolutely amazing! Our next step is to cast. I’ll send you pictures as soon as it’s finished (prior to placing in stones). Have a great weekend!
posted by Krista Tuttle at 11/9/2004 9:21:48 AM
The ring has been cast and cleaned and looks amazing. I’ve attached a photo of your ring. The filigree (curls of metal) have not been added along with other detailing. The diamonds have not been set either. I’ll keep you posted with the additions to your rings. It’s really shaping up!
posted by Krista Tuttle at 11/15/2004 11:33:03 AM
Thanks for keeping me updated. The ring looks great… I’m super excited to see the final ring.
posted by John Q. Public at 11/15/2004 3:33:20 PM
Your ring is finished! I’ve attached a photo just to tease you. It will be sent out as soon as I get the final paperwork filled out and final payment is received. Expect it by tomorrow!
posted by Krista Tuttle at 11/18/2004 9:55:53 AM
Thank you so much for all your time. I will let you know as soon as it arrives!
posted by John Q. Public at 11/18/2004 12:37:19 PM
Krista, the ring arrived today, and I cannot tell you how excited I am and how impressed we both are with your shop. We were a bit concerned about designing a ring over the internet, and we even took the picture from your website around the Bay area and got estimates from a couple other jewelers. They either said that they could not do the filigree work as shown (or had no examples to prove they could) or they quoted over $1000.00 more than you did to make it. I am so glad we came back to you, and got an Original! WE LOVE it!! We will tell all our friends
posted by John Q. Public at 11/19/2004 11:31:19 AM