Remodelling magic: two tone diamond ring

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This beautiful two-tone diamond ring started as a pair of stud earrings and two rings:

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The three larger diamonds were all of similar size, so Nicholas had to get creative to make the slightly larger stone look bigger and play the feature diamond in the middle of the design – he chose a double bezel of yellow gold to make the stone stand apart from the other two:

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Once the design was approved by the happy customer, Matthew started the hand making process by melting some gold:

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Once the white gold had been melted and poured into a rectangular mould to cool, Matthew started rolling out the gold to flatten it and make it the right width:

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then bent the gold into a ring shape:

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Once in a ring shape, Matthew soldered the white gold together:

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Once soldered, the ring needed to be rounded up and made the correct finger size for the customer:

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The next step was carefully measuring and marking out where to cut the ring to allow for the yellow gold component of the design in the centre:

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Once marked, Matthew started hand sawing the white gold band:

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and then applying pressure to split the ring:

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Once he was happy with the width of the gap, Matthew soldered the back of the band to secure the split:

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The next step was carefully filing the bands:

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then using emery paper to refine them even more:

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And then Matthew stamped the PIKE hallmark in to the inside of the ring:

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Time to make the yellow gold setting for the diamonds:

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Once the bezels were all hand made, Matthew soldered them together:

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And then started to make the yellow gold band for the centre of the ring. After melting the yellow gold, rolling it out, bending it up, and soldering it together (the identical process to the white gold part of the design), he started filing the yellow gold band:

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Once filed, he hand cut through the top of the band, to let the diamond settings in:

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And then the precision work of carefully soldering the settings into the band:

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After some more filing and refining, Matthew carefully started to fit the bands together:

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And once they had been hand polished, he carefully soldered them together:

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The diamonds were then set into the yellow gold settings, the ring was given a final polish on the polishing machine:

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and then it was time to rhodium plate the white gold band – Matthew meticulously applied nail varnish to all yellow gold parts so that the plating wouldn’t stick to them, and plated the ring:

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and after carefully removing the nail varnish, this beautiful ring was ready!

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As you can see, the double bezel setting on the centre diamond gives the illusion that there is a larger diamond and two smaller ones, despite them all being very similar in size:

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We are thrilled that our customer loves this beautiful ring. We are always so grateful for the opportunity to make jewellery that brings people so much joy.

If you have any jewellery that you no longer wear, or you’ve been given some jewellery and you’re not sure what to do with it, come and see Nicholas. He’d love to have a chat and show you some ideas of what we can do to help you. Call on 8338 3109 to make a time or just pop in, we’re open from 9:30am – 5pm every weekday, and can make appointments on Saturdays too.

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