When Lyndsey and Pat came into Bentley Diamond they had a vision of what they were looking for in their engagement ring and multiple references to illustrate their idea. They met with Shelley, one of our experienced sales associates, to discuss their vision.
The first step in our custom engagement design process is to begin visualizing the design. It begins with the initial conversation which then transitions into creating the scaled sketches that always include the specifications of the materials that are to be included in the piece. During this creative process Lyndsey and Pat communicated their desire for a custom tulip setting that would fit an oval diamond centerstone instead of the round stone that is more commonly found placed in this type of custom setting. Lyndsey also expressed her desire for a little space between each stone on the shank and Shelley began creating solutions for this band.
Tony, our resident custom jewelry designer joined the conversation to begin addressing the need for this custom setting to be practical, secure and fashionable. Our team was clear about Lyndsey and Pat's vision as well as the challenges and solutions that would need to be addressed to create this beautiful and unique engagement ring.
After the 3D renderings of the CAD had been reviewed, adjusted, and the physical shape and vision the design had been realized and approved by the customer, we moved to the next step in the Custom Design process, creating a 3D printed resin prototype model of the ring. The resin model offers a tangible representation of the ring and from this 3D model the final piece was casted into 14 karat white gold metal through the lost wax casting process.
At this juncture, we are ready to proceed to finishing the final metal piece. Daria at Bentley Diamond sorted the diamonds together and handed the items over to Tony and David at the workshop in order for them to pre-finish the custom criss cross ring and to prepare it for the setting of the diamonds.