Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Customization Part III: Crown Height and Tray

Very often, a rings' crown is neglected! 

"It's just a small part, won't be noticed!"

That's where you're mistaken!

In this post, I will be showing you the importance of the crown, its height and the tray designs.

Have you ever come across a friend, colleague or just a random individual with an engagement ring taller than what you're used to seeing? It typically comes with intricate curvatures on the sides, some nicer than others.

Have you ever wondered why this is the case? "Is this for added beauty or maybe it's just to hold the diamond higher?"

Here are a few reasons why some ladies prefer a higher ring setting

1) In many cases, higher settings are more easily matched with wedding bands. The height of a setting allows another band to sit-in nicely, thus, making it a popular option for ladies planning to stack their engagement ring and wedding band together.



2) Just like a celebrity wanting the limelight to themselves, they usually try to stand-out. More relevant to women than men, women tend to wear heels for this very reason! The same goes for a diamond on a higher setting, it elevates and this makes it appear slightly bigger and more pronounced!

3) Some ladies prefer to add more details and in order to so, would require more space. One way  to achieve this is to set the diamond higher, leaving enough gap for more artsy designs. I will leave the artistic part for later, so as to discuss it in further detail.

So the question is, would you be wearing it on a daily basis? 

If so, are you comfortable with a protruding diamond? Although all diamonds protrude slightly, a higher than average setting would be more prone to knocks when you go about your daily stuff. This may be one point to note, when considering a higher setting.



Photo credits to, instagram user liina_lu
Once you've decided between the higher or lower setting, you may then opt for additional designs to the prongs. Bear in mind that higher settings tend to give more room to accommodate more intricate designs.

Artistic Trays

One of the ways you can make your high or even low setting look nicer is by adding artistic trays. A tray is basically a bar that holds two prongs together, aside for added aesthetics, it also provides more security, to ensure the diamond doesn't fall off, should the prongs loosen over time. 




Below are some samples of trays you may refer to.
Do note that, you may also customize the color, be it white, rose gold or yellow gold.
And you do not have to worry about the color being reflected to your diamond because all our Signature cut diamonds always reflect light back, causing light leakage to be very minimal! 

Classic Tray (Bar)



V or Inverted V Tray



Heart Tray (Solid, Hollow or Filled)

Shaped trays like this may be solid, hollow or filled with diamond or other gemstones. However, certain gems have limitations to the size they can be cut to. As such, bigger trays may be required for certain gemstones.



 Round Tray

                                  


Initial Tray



Filigree-like Tray

Filigree is gold formed into delicate tracery or branching patterns. It may form into different shapes like this.



Petal Crown Head



Aside from these samples, there are many more to consider from!. Go ahead and think out of the box and we'll definitely help you bring it to life! With the advancements in 3D modeling and crafting,  the sky is the limit when it comes to designs!

If you require professional advice, do drop by and we will be happy to help you out!

- Joy Barcelona

Friday, 2 June 2017

Visualize Your Diamond Ring into Reality

Ever wondered how your diamond ring will look on your partner's hand? This video would be perfect for you!

Using the latestest cutting edge technology, we are able to scan your diamond into our program to get its exact dimensions. Using its dimensions, we will create a 3D render of your ring design, which will be done proportional to your main diamond and finger size!

By using a simple handshot of your partner's hand, we will superimpose your diamond and ring design on her hand, giving it a 99% accuracy of how your engagement ring will turn out!

Watch this video to find out more :)



- Casey Lai

Sunday, 28 May 2017

What You Need To Know About Diamond Color Tints

A diamond can have a several color tints, such as yellow, brown, green or grey. 

Brown, green or grey color tinted diamonds should be avoided because the diamond will look darker for their color grade. These color tints may not be reflected on the GIA certificate due to its hue.


An industry term for this is BGM (Brown, Greenish, Milky) diamonds. Always ensure that your diamond has ''No BGM''.




In the diamonds that we used in this video, they are G Color. All 3 piles of diamonds are G Colors, but in different color hues.

For all of our diamonds, we always ensure that there are no brown, green or grey tints. In addition, we do not accept diamonds with milkiness. Diamonds with these characteristics will not be reflected on the GIA/AGS certificate and are priced lower for these negative effects. Visually inspect your diamond for this or check with your jeweller. 

- Casey Lai

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Customization Part II: Prong Tips

As promised in my previous blog, I will try my best to discuss in full detail all the possible customization ideas that can be done, from the very minor detail up to the dramatic ones. In this article, I will focus on the shape of the prong tips.

Prong is the little metal claw that grips the diamond tightly to hold it securely in its place. It is the long metal part of the crown. However, in most cases its tips are never noticed and dealt with.



As it is a very minute part of the diamond ring, you'll be amazed to know that you can still customize
it! Here's a few samples of Different Styles of the Prong Tip.

1) Sharp Prong tips

It is one of the most widely used prong shape that looks very sleek and elegant. It blends into the diamond that compliments its shape nicely.

2) Round Prong Tips

One of the advantages of going for round prong tip is it covers so little of the surface of the diamond that it's barely noticeable. Despite its minimal hold on the diamond itself, this prong shape still provides a very strong clasp to the diamond making it one of the most popular choice of guys choosing their diamond prong setting.

3) Heart Shape Prong Tips

If you want your setting to have a bit of more thought, you may settle to go with heart shape prongs. Aside from its lovely meaning, it will add in to the over-all aesthetic of the diamond ring. However, I would be only recommending this shape for settings which consist of 4 prongs, cause one drawback of going for this shape is it will be quite bulkier as compared to the others.  Using heart shape tips for 6 prong settings, might make it look a bit too crowded.

4) Double Claw

This type of claw gives the illusion that the prongs are slimmer but in fact it's just similar thickness as the sharp prong, just that every prong is composed of 2 slender claws that extends to the diamond in a similar way that sharp prong does. Another variation of this is to do it in double but rounded prong tips.

5) L Shape Prong Tips

For diamonds with different shape such as princess cuts, a more secured prong tip is advised. L shape prong will provide a better grip on the diamonds tips making it both secured from dropping and safe from chipping.

6) Customized Prong Tips

Supposing that you are very creative and you got your own idea of how you want the prong to look like, you may also customize it as you wish. We do provide customization services that will enable you to mix-and-match the diamond, design and prong tips as how you envisioned it to be. It may be a cushion shape prongs, rectangular prongs and so on.

Ultimately, we always go back to the key function of it. Irregardless of its shape, we make sure that it serves its purpose of keeping your diamond safe while you wear it daily.


Written by: Joy Barcelona

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Don't Get Cheated: Top 5 Tricks Jewellers Use

Buying a diamond ring can be a long journey. The last thing you want is to get hustled by your jeweller.

Several of our clients have shared with us their stories of these cases that happened to them. This happens more common that you think! I've compiled the 5 most common tricks that jewellers do.

Shop safe!


- Casey Lai

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Customization Part I: How many prongs on a ring?

A diamond ring is a little sparkly thing that adorns a lady’s hand, mostly to signify that soon she’ll be one with her better half. Despite its modest size, it contains many little details that are carefully designed to symbolize your love and marriage.

In my next few blogs, I will discuss in detail all the possible customization ideas that can be done, from the very minor detail up to the dramatic ones. If you have more suggestions to add, please feel free to leave your comments below. Who knows, it might help some readers to complete their own dream proposal ring :)

Let’s start from the top – The Crown!

If you ever wonder what difference does the number of prongs make, this would be a perfect read up for you!

  • Half bezel (that looks like 2 Prongs)

    With its thick metal on either side of the diamond, it will help protect and secure the stone while still being able to see some parts of it.

    The side profile allows you to see more of the diamond, giving it a clean and ''prongless''' look. It keeps the top view simple, without any prongs or tips covering the diamond.




  • 3 ProngsThis is generally offered for fancy shape diamonds such as pear or heart. It's rarely used for round or square shaped diamonds due to safety reasons. 







  • 4 Prongs

    It can be set either 4 corners or NSEW orientation. While both would show more of the diamond while viewed from the side, they differ in the look when they are face-up. 4 cornered orientations give a more square-ish feel to the diamond while NSEW can help to make the diamond look rounder.

    The over-all impression you want to achieve will boil down to your preference on whether you want a more squareish or roundish feel.


4 Prongs setting is also the recommended number of prong to showcase a Cushion Brellia and the Octagon D’Amor.




  • 5 Prongs

    It is not as popular as the others due to it being unsymmetrical with the band, where 3 of the prongs will be on one side and 2 would be on the other. But some ladies prefer it due to its distinctiveness and rarity. Also, some find that it represents a hand (5 fingers) holding onto the diamond or it gives a star shape.




  •  6 Prongs

    This is one of the top picks of guys who want to keep their proposal ring simple and classic. Although 6 prongs will hide more of the diamond from the side profile, it will give the diamond a more rounded effect when viewed from top.


Although some would prefer to go over 6 prongs, I would recommend otherwise maintaining the limelight on the diamond and not the prongs.
If you're not a fan of the protruding prongs, don't worry, you can still go without the prongs. 😱
Relax! Your diamond will still be secured.

You may also check out this video below, where my colleague Casey did a video of 4 prongs Versus 6 prongs.



  • Full bezel

    This setting would completely surround the diamond to hold it in place; it gives very good protection to the girdle of the diamond. However, it may conceal significant parts of the diamond from the side profile view.


Aside from the beauty that the Crown offers, its also meant to keep the diamond secured. No matter how many prongs or what type of bezel you go for, rest assured, we've got you covered!

Watch out for my next blog post, where I will discuss about the different type or prong tips you can customise!

Cheers!

-Joy Barcelona

Monday, 27 February 2017

A Customized Solitaire Diamond Ring with Wings


The sky's the limit for our ring customization services. All of our ring customization services comes with complimentary 3D renders where we'll create a realistic 3D image of your ring design, based on your diamond and finger proportions. This will give you a realistic view of your ring design in various angles.

We were approached by a client to customise a solitaire wing designed ring for his partner. He selected a Super Ideal Cut diamond, which is known for its outstanding fire and brilliance (as you can see in the video below). The wings was done in rose gold, while we left the band in white gold to highlight that features of the design and to bring out the intricate feather details of the ring.

In our first 3D render, we created a draft below to get a rough idea of the overall look and feel of the ring. We made the feathers overlaying each other, with the outline of the wings following the contour of the band.



After some brainstorming and a few tweaks, we ended up with the finalized design below!
To make the wings more realistic, we modelled it to look as it is flapping upwards towards the sky. The feathers and wings was made longer to highlight the detailing of each feather, giving the whole ring a realistic appearance.



Have a look at the video below and see how the finshed ring turned out!


- Written by Casey Lai