The Band and Beyond - All About The Ring
The band and setting of the Engagement Ring should be equally as important as the centre stone, as to create a harmonious design and frame the masterpiece. The craftsmanship of the Gold/Precious metals will define the style of the ring and the brilliance and sparkle of the Diamonds.
Artisan Jewellers combine a clever use of precious metals with skill and expertise to bring to life the most sentimental piece of jewellery you will ever own - an Engagement Ring. Each beautiful Diamond lends itself to a complementing setting to fit and flatter the stone. This is where a Jeweller seamlessly combines the elements of a beautiful Engagement Ring design with strength and durability.
Inspired by your vision, a Master Jeweller will carefully craft the metals of your Engagement Ring in a way that highlights the natural beauty of your Diamond. There is a high level of trust and understanding required in the ring-making process that culminates in a premium quality ring. In jewellery making, producing an Engagement Ring takes the highest level of skill. It can take years of experience and meticulous attention to detail for a ring that looks luxurious and expensive.
18ct Gold is a long-lasting and durable choice for an Engagement Ring. Selecting the highest-grade metal alloys to mix in with the gold ensures the setting will retain its consistent colour. 18ct Gold combined with palladium based alloys is a superior choice for White Gold as it is both hypoallergenic and nickel free. Palladium will enhance the brightness and whiteness of the metal even when the Rhodium plating gradually wears away over time. The combination is a durable mix, and means less after care and maintenance for the ring.
Using the finest materials will maintain the quality and longevity of the piece. New gold is essential when creating a new ring. It assures that the Engagement Ring will be an heirloom ring worthy to be passed on for generations. Second-hand gold that has been melted down and reused can become brittle over time. Its purity may also be compromised with uneven alloy ratios causing a mixed grade of gold, or traces of undesirable metals such as nickel. This can cause discolouration or markings on the band and nickel is a common allergy in many wearers. With second-hand gold, on occasion the metals can also exhibit porosity which appear as tiny holes in the ring. This can compromise the strength and integrity of the band and cause uneven wear. Inconsistent metal alloys can result in uneven, dark or dull looking appearances.
Engagement Rings can be made as a single piece of gold/precious metals or as a band and crown separately. Regardless of the method and design, once joined together the ring should be seamless and appear as one solid piece. Even when there is a combination of 18ct Yellow Gold and 18ct White Gold (ie. if the crown is white gold and the band is yellow gold). There should be ample amount of gold/precious metals to join the band to the setting, there should be no visible holes or rough seams. Hand-polishing and finishing in a seamless way is what determines the joinery expertise and reveals the attention to detail by the jeweller.
Polishing both the interior and exterior of the setting to a mirror-like finish will enhance a Diamond’s appearance - to look brighter and whiter. This will maximise the sparkle of the diamonds and the shine of the band. Even on the interior of the band, there should be no rough spots or hook marks for comfort and wearability. The polishing extends to every tiny aspect of the setting - unfinished and unpolished claws may snag on clothing and hair as well as make a ring appear dull and lifeless.
Quality craftsmanship develops a harmonious setting with perfect symmetry, regardless of the intricacy of delicate design details. An Engagement Ring executed by a skilled Jeweller can bring to life endless possibilities of designs with Paves, Grainwork and Halos. The complexity of these details shown in the metal work culminate in a ring with beautiful proportions and secure diamonds. Each stone lends itself to subtle details, a halo may be used to correct the shape of a diamond. The calibration of diamonds within a band and setting bring the ring to life by exhibiting a brilliant sparkle. This means they are all placed at flattering angles and heights. The ring should appear uniform, straight and balanced.
Ring settings with gaps between the seams or around the halo of the ring will give an uneven appearance to the centre diamond. A low quality ring will not be in proportion and may even compromise the structural integrity of the ring. The claws should not be too thin or short, to protect your investment stone(s) and there should be minimal gaps and space between the setting and the diamond. Any of these inaccuracies may reveal themselves due to the jeweller and setters ability and lack of skill, or their care and consideration when crafting the ring that these Engagement Ring.
A skilled jeweller can recommend refinements or design changes to highlight the beauty of the diamond. It may be a simple detail such as a tapering or narrower band or oppositely a more substantial setting is required. To protect the strength of the Ring, experience lends to knowledge of unique proportions and deciding on an appropriate shank to support the crown portion of the ring. These fine adjustments can achieve a balance of symmetry and harmony where a setting fits and contours beautifully around the Diamond.,
At Janai we have made a commitment to fine quality. We are dedicated to all the intricate details about your Engagement Ring design to ensure the finest quality and craftsmanship. Specialising in custom-designs our team of experts can bring your vision to life.