Where to begin? Do you choose a diamond or a precious metal first?
There are no strict rules to limit your choice down to a specific gemstone or metal to form a piece of jewelry. We have no need to meet any standards: you can move away from the classics, create a unique design, combining materials, textures, and colors. Hence, now it does not have to be the usual white or yellow gold ring, you can choose a combined version of two, three or even four shades of gold, or to abandon gold altogether in favor of platinum or other metal.
After the initial consultation, we’ll do a few rounds of sketches to really fine-tune the design. We often also make 3D models and a few clients also requested 3D printed molds to try on before we began making your perfect gay engagement ring.
We update our clients every step of the way, from purchasing gemstones to making the final ring. Since it usually takes 4-5 weeks, we like to keep you posted with fresh images as the engagement ring is in the making.
Your custom gay engagement rings is finished and we’re preparing to deliver it to you in a beautiful custom made box. We add all documentation, such as GIA certificates, to our final delivery to you.
Where to begin? Do you choose a diamond or a precious metal first?
First, who said it should be a diamond? After all, these days there are no strict rules to limit your choice down to a specific gemstone or metal to form a piece of jewelry. I believe it is wonderful that we have no need to meet any standards: you can move away from the classics, create a unique design, combining materials, textures, and colors. Hence, now it does not have to be the usual white or yellow gold ring, you can choose a combined version of two, three or even four shades of gold, or to abandon gold altogether in favor of platinum or other metal.
In terms of gemstones, our designers' imagination here is truly limitless. They offer an immense variety of options for stylish jewelry not only with diamonds, but also with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethysts, and even entire ensembles composed of various stones. Moreover, despite most people associating engagement rings with classic white diamonds, products decorated with gemstones of various shades are gaining increasing recognition. (It may be quite a challenge for a customer to make sense of the variety of gemstones available. Therefore, quite often my clients send pictures of the stones they like, accompanying their email with the phrase “I want this kind of stone, but I have no idea what it is.” No worries, I am always ready to help and answer your questions.)
Fashion has a cyclical nature, the engagement rings with two or three different stones were popular back in the Victorian era. In those days, a similar design had a special meaning - a ring with two stones was called “You and Me”, while three stones symbolized past, present and future.
Nonetheless, regardless of whether you decide on the classics or your preferences lie with the modern designer jewelry, whether you are choosing among finished products, or you want to buy something unique and exclusive, created only for you - in any case, I am convinced the information that follows will be useful. Because before a purchase, one should clearly understand what factors might substantially affect the appearance and total price of the product.
The first thing you have to decide on is the color and, therefore, the metal to form your jewelry. Eight metals are considered precious: silver, gold, platinum, and five platinum family metals (platinoids): palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium.
The first three of them are the cornerstone for use in the jewelry industry.
Silver is seldom used for engagement rings and precious metal jewelry, despite being quite common and, as a result, one of the most budget-friendly precious metals.
Platinum, on the other hand, is the rarest and therefore the most expensive metal from our trio. Processing more than ten tons of extracted ore results in just one ounce (31.1 grams) of platinum. (For comparison: it takes only three tons of ore to extract one ounce of gold.) This metal of noble silver color was used in the manufacture of jewelry in ancient Egypt, about three thousand years ago. In contrast with silver and gold, platinum has a high density and can be used by jewelers in its purest form.
Gold remains the most popular material for making jewelry. And it is hardly surprising since besides being accessible and beautiful, this metal also has the richest color range.
The variety of shades is achieved by adding other metals to the gold alloy.
Ligatures are the additives capable not only of providing the desired shade to gold but are also responsible for the strength of the finished product. The most commonly used ligatures are based on copper and silver; these additives can give the gold shades from red and pink to greenish.
However, everyone's ‘number one’ – the white color of the gold alloy – results from alloying with nickel and palladium. Hence, by varying the ratio and concentration of various metals in the ligature, one can achieve an immense variety in the color palette of the gold jewelry.
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There are several systems used throughout the world to indicate the ratio of pure gold vs. ligatures added to the gold alloy. One of the most famous is the karat (or carat) system, and it is the one customary for the USA. In this system, one karat is 1/24 fraction of pure gold in the alloy. This means that in order to indicate the purity of the metal, 24 parts of the alloy are taken as the basis, then full parts of gold and the quantity of impurities are calculated. For example, if your jewelry has a stamp that reads 18K, this piece contains three-quarters of pure gold, and one-quarter of the ligature. The karat system for gold adopted the values of 9, 10, 12, 14, 18, 23 and 24. Yet, despite the fact that this system is quite widely used, the minimum acceptable value of the gold karats varies in different countries. For instance, for the USA, the minimum is 10 karats, while for Great Britain, Ireland, France, Austria and Portugal it is 9 karats, and in Greece, Denmark and Germany the minimum value is 8.
The more pure gold there is in the alloy, the higher is the price and the more golden is the color of yellow and pink gold.
While making a purchase, it is critical to understand what kind of alloy is in offer. The amount of pure gold in the alloy affects not only the color, but also resistance to oxidation, darkening and scratches. We use no less than 18K, but I have come across alloys of lower purity on the market.
Most likely, you will not distinguish them upon purchasing. Moreover, the item will not change its color immediately, but will darken gradually, and the discrepancy will be challenging to notice. However, only until another ring, either new or made from a better alloy, winds up near. We cannot afford upsetting our customers, so we are very careful about choosing the materials for creating our jewelry.
One more factor affecting the price of an item is gemstones used in the design of jewelry. There are a few main criteria that may significantly alter the cost of the stone. Jewelers tend to follow the so-called “four C’s” rule when assessing a gemstone:
color – perhaps, the main feature of the stone, besides being the major factor affecting its value. Ultimately, the attractiveness of gemstones depends predominantly on their color. Therefore, the brighter and more vibrant is the color - the higher is the cost of the stone.
For example here is the chart for diamonds
and here is for emeralds
the price will change very significantly depending on the purity of the color
clarity – implies presence of various imperfections in a stone (cracks or natural inclusions, as well as their quantity), and the ability of the mineral to transmit and scatter light. These are particularly important when choosing diamonds.
cut – an essential appraisal criterion for a gemstone. Fundamentally, any gem looks completely unattractive in the beginning, and cut is what makes the stones radiant and glittering in the rays of light.
carat weight – an internationally adopted metric system used to determine the weight of gemstones around the world. The unit of mass equals 0.2 grams and is called ‘carat’. Gemstones are weighed on special electronic scales of high accuracy, with precision increments of 1/100 and sometimes 1/1000 of a carat. (Worthy of consideration: the larger the stone, the higher the cost per carat.) Likewise, please remember that when a stone transitions into a full-number weight, it becomes significantly more expensive. Therefore, 1.95 carats will be significantly cheaper than 2.0 carats, but visually they are virtually indistinguishable from each other. Frankly, completely indistinguishable.
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