Sapphire Puzzle Engagement Rings in 3 Styles

August 4th, 2016 No comments

Greetings, Stacy,

For a puzzle ring with a princess-cut or a round sapphire, then there are three potential styles for you to consider.

So let me take you on a tour – though I will caution you that some pictures won’t have a sapphire, as I want to show you the different styles, and not all  have been photographed with a sapphire. Indeed, not all of these styles will be shown with an open weave, and that is the weave preferable for mating with a shadow band.

I’ll give you prices at the end, as for a given stone, the price would be the same in all three styles. The price only changes if the weight of the puzzle ring goes up for a larger stone, which I’ll also mention at the end.

 

 

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This is the Guinevere style, shown with a 0.40CT round sapphire – I’d want to go a little bigger on your stone if you go with round  (this is 4mm in diam, and a 4.5mm or even 5mm looks better with a shadow band), but this is the only image I have with the round blue sapphire in a Guinevere medium-weight puzzle ring (MWPR).

 

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Here is an example of a Guinevere puzzle ring with a 0.60CT to 0.63CT princess-cut blue sapphire. Again this is a tight weave, but it looks lovely with the open weave. (MWPR)

 

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A Guinevere puzzle ring with a 0.375CT, 3.75mm sapphire, and a Celtic knotwork shadow band. This is what platinum will look like. It’s very white and gorgeous! (MWPR)

 

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Now for a Guinevere with a 4mm, princess-cut sapphire and a simple, two-millimeter shadow band. (MWPR)

 

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This first image shows an Athena style – this is a round stone in a very secure, six-prong setting on a medium weight puzzle ring. We usually do this with a tight weave, as shown, but it could certainly be done with an open weave.

 

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This is the Avalon style shown with a water sapphire (iolite) and an open weave. Notice the stone setting is a medium-low height, and it has rather chunky prongs. This setting does not tend to get caught on thing. A princess-cut stone can have this orientation or the setting can be turned 45 degrees for a “kite” orientation. This setting can also hold a round stone. It’s a little more contemporary in design. (MWPR)

 

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Here is another Avalon with an open weave. This ring is a little bit heavier — we call it the just-over-medium-weight — and is set with a 5mm blue topaz stone.

 

 

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A Guinevere with a one-carat sapphire on a just-over-medium-weight puzzle ring. This is definitely a lot more ring.

 

No matter what style or puzzle ring or shape of stone you want, we’ll need to look at how we can get the darkest blue stone that you want.

As for pricing: First let me price the puzzle ring for you. The shadow band price may change with a new wax carver. I am pretty sure that today I scored a fabulous new wax carver who will be able to do your ring.

Prices will be for a four-band, medium weight puzzle ring in either the Athena, Avalon, or Guinevere style, fully finished in platinum.
4.5mm (0.55CT) AA round sapphire $2,297 (providing platinum doesn’t do anything crazy in the near future)
4.5mm (0.55CT) AAA round sapphire $2,788
3.75mm (0.375CT) AA princess-cut sapphire $2,297
4mm (0.46CT) AA princess-cut-sapphire $2,597
4.5mm (0.63CT) AA princess-cut sapphire $3097

Mostly what is available in sapphire right now is AA.  It is usually a bit darker than the AAA, though AAA is a slightly higher grade. Truthfully with a lot of stones, we like to use AA, because it saves you money and most of us (other than trained gemologists) can’t tell the difference. But I tend to think the AAA has more flashes of medium blue in it than does the AA.

[All prices are subject to change with availability until order is finalized and payment is received – okay that’s the only “fine print”.]

Right now our main supplier, Stuller, Inc. happens to have one certified blue sapphire which looks very dark. It is a 0.78CT, so it would have to be on the just-over-medium-weight, and in platinum it would be $3,997.00. You can see the stone under this link. This is a 5mm stone, so it would look similar to the bright blue topaz shown above.

Certified stones are certainly desirable – they usually have some outstanding characteristics, which in the case of this stone is a deep, dark, blue violet color. It would be gorgeous, and it probably will go soon, so it’s likely not suitable if you prefer a more relaxed schedule for ordering. The other stones, or ones very close to them, tend to be available all the time.

 

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Aquamarine Celtic Engagement Ring with Diamond Shadow Band

June 20th, 2016 No comments

Simply stunning! A 0.70CT, AAA-grade, marquise aquamarine on a four-band, Celtic knotwork-inspired, puzzle engagement ring is paired with a fitted, diamond shadow band holding one-half carat total weight diamonds. Light blue stones, are believed in folklore to represent love, devotion, loyalty, and communication for a perfect “quadrafecta” (probably that is not even a word, but there are too many qualities for a “trifecta!”) for marriage. Click here to view this set and learn more!

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Celtic Engagement Ring with Narrow Shadow Wedding Band

June 7th, 2016 No comments

Blue Diamond Guinevere Celtic Puzzle Engagement Ring with 1.65mm Shadow Band

So fresh and sparkly – a princess-cut blue diamond (full disclosure – this is a heat treated diamond) on a genuine, 4-band puzzle ring is shown with a very narrow shadow band. All platinum, but available in 14K rose or yellow gold or palladium (a naturally white, platinum-family metal). This bridal set is made to order with your choice of diamond size, metal(s) and shadow band design.

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Blue Diamond Celtic Engagement Ring – this is a genuine puzzle ring with a princess-cut approx 1/2CT blue diamond and a very narrow – 1.65 mm – shadow band.

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Celtic Engagement Ring and Claddagh Shadow Band

January 16th, 2016 Comments off

The Romantic Story of One Couple’s Custom Celtic Wedding Ring Set

Marquise diamond puzzle ring with diamond claddagh shadow band

Marquise diamond puzzle ring with diamond claddagh shadow band

In June, 2014, Dan E. of New York City approached me (Mandira from www.crystalrealm.com) about creating a diamond puzzle engagement ring for his beloved, Kelly V. Dan wanted the diamond to be about 1CT, and he wanted it to have beautiful specifications while also saving money on the stone and ultimately the ring.

I told Dan that his request was right up my alley, because Norm (my diamond puzzle ring maker) and I specialize in hand-selecting diamonds with an eye to achieving our client’s objectives. As it turned out, the diamond that we placed in Dan’s ring was one of the most gorgeous diamonds I have ever seen, and here is the story of how we created not only the engagement ring but a bridal set which Kelly now wears with pride.

The diamond was to be a marquise, and so I set about examining diamonds in the 1CT range. The one that Dan and I selected was 0.93CT with an excellent length and proportions: 10.59mm x 5.24mm. Norm and I love to place very long marquise diamonds, because they often look like a larger carat weight than they really are. This occurs when the depth of the diamond is a bit shallow, so there is more “real estate,” so to speak, in the length and the width.

This diamond had the almost perfect 2:1 length to width ratio that is considered ideal in a marquise diamond, and it had the visual appearance of a diamond of a little over 1CT. Granted, you may find diamonds bigger or smaller for varying carat weights, but this size does appear to be typical of diamonds slightly over 0.93CT.

Norm and I usually pledge that your diamond will have D-E-F color, but if there is a strong reason to accept a G or H color, we may propose this. In this case, the diamond was absolutely perfect in every way for my customer, so I did suggest that he accept the G color.

In fact, two of this diamond’s characteristics resulted in savings: One was the 0.93CT weight, which was a little under 1 whole carat; and the second was the color, which was G. Top of the range is D-E-F, which are the “colorless” ratings, but “G” is the very top of the near-colorless rating, and to the untrained eye, there is no difference to be discerned. It takes a trained gemologist with the proper equipment to discern such minute differences in color.

The savings on the color and carat weight were spent on the VS2 clarity rating of this diamond. The diamond had an EGL certificate, not a GIA certificate, but our diamond vendor guarantees that the specs for every diamond they sell will be confirmed by a GIA analysis, should you ever decide to have one done.

0.93CT Marquise Diamond

0.93CT Marquise Diamond

Norm and I often marvel that diamonds are not rated for beauty and sparkle on the hand, when those are the most important things. But who would buy a diamond with a low sparkle rating? So we are all subject to the famous 4 C’s: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight, and then we must evaluate sparkle for ourselves when we get the diamond in. The verdict on this diamond? It sparkled immensely! It was downright gorgeous and was one of the most sparkling diamonds I had ever seen.

I sent the diamond to Dan, who took it to two diamond dealers in Manhattan’s 47th St. Diamond District. Both of them declared the diamond specs and the price to be just right, so back the diamond came to Norm, so he could make the ring.

A Red Box (TM) Diamond

A Red Box (TM) Diamond



Shortly after Dan took delivery of the finished, 14K yellow gold, four-band, marquise diamond puzzle ring, he sent me pictures of his proposal and his beautiful fiancée. Below see the ring in the glass slipper on a bed of rose petals.

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The ring in a glass slipper on a bed of rose petals

The ring in a glass slipper on a bed of rose petals



Dan proposes on one knee

Dan proposes on one knee

 

Kelly shows off her diamond puzzle engagement ring

Kelly shows off her diamond puzzle engagement ring

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And the ring again

And the ring again

And the beautiful ring again

And the beautiful ring again

In early 2015, Kelly approached me about creating a claddagh shadow band accented with diamonds to go with her puzzle ring.

Kelly wanted two diamonds in the cuffs of the claddagh symbol, and after some back and forth with regards to design, Fedex picked up her ring, so we could make her band.

The first step was a hand-carved wax, from which the wedding band would be cast.

Kelly's engagement ring with shadow band wax on Mandira's finger

Kelly’s engagement ring with shadow band wax on Mandira’s finger

 

Once Kelly and I had approved her wax, it was cast in 14K yellow gold, and two 0.06CT diamonds were added into the cuffs.

See this bridal set at Crystal Realm

Now, a little less than a year later, the happy couple has shared wedding pictures

 

Dan and Kelly are married

Dan and Kelly are married (photo credit DB Photography, Millville, NJ)

 

The happy couple

The happy couple (photo credit DB Photography, Millville, NJ)

 

Kelly with her Celtic bridal set

Kelly with her Celtic bridal set (photo credit DB Photography, Millville, NJ)

 

 

Close up of the Celtic bridal set

Close up of the Celtic bridal set. Click on the link or the picture to see the set on Crystal Realm’s website.  (Photo credit DB Photography, Millville, NJ)

 

And one more time the lovely Celtic bridal set

And one more time the lovely Celtic bridal set. (Photo credit DB Photography, Millville, NJ)

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Celtic Engagement Rings and Celtic Wedding Rings

January 10th, 2016 No comments

Affordable Custom Celtic Wedding Jewelry – Celtic Inspired Puzzle Engagement Rings and Celtic Wedding Rings

At Crystal Realm, we specialize in making some of the most unique Celtic and Celtic-inspired  jewelry in the world.  Our custom, hand-woven puzzle rings will spark your imagination – diamonds, colored gemstones, an assortment of precious metals  – so we can make your dream manifest and provide you with rings that will inspire endless fascination and mystify your friends and loved ones. Yes, our puzzle engagement rings really do come apart and go back together. You can learn to assemble your puzzle ring easily with our online animated, written, and video instructions. It will take some time, at first, to learn to assemble your ring, but with practice, you can put it together in under 15 seconds.

We specialize in meaningful and beautiful rings – custom engraving of “poesies” (pronounced like posey and meaning poem) expressing your love and commitment, stones representing a wide array of qualities, shadow bands that fit perfectly with your puzzle ring, partner bands in complementary designs.

Here is a small selection of our custom rings. You may see more at www.crystalrealm.com. Click on any link or image, below, to go to the product page.

 

A very long 0.93CT marquise diamond on a four band puzzle ring with custom claddagh band with diamonds

A very long 0.93CT marquise diamond (therefore appearing more like a 1.1CT diamond) on a hand-woven, four band, puzzle ring with custom claddagh band with diamonds

Check out claddagh rings all over the web, and you will not find a ring the equal of this, other than our women's claddagh bands made by our talented hand-carved wax artist. He does the most beautiful and graceful hands, along with heart, crown, and hand-carved knotwork all around the band. This ring is shown 5mm wide, and we can make it in any width you wish.

Check out claddagh rings all over the web, and you will not find a ring the equal of this, other than our women’s claddagh bands made by our talented hand-carved wax artist. He does the most beautiful and graceful hands, along with heart, crown, and hand-carved knotwork all around the band. This ring is shown 5mm wide, and we can make it in any width you wish.

Custom hand-woven sapphire puzzle engagment ring with custom Celtic knotwork shadow band, shown in palladium and available with a host of precious metal and diamond and gemstone choices

Custom hand-woven sapphire puzzle engagment ring with custom Celtic knotwork shadow band, shown in platinum and available with a host of precious metal and diamond and gemstone choices

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Celtic Engagement Ring with Celtic Claddagh Shadow Band

January 7th, 2016 No comments

Express your loving devotion with a Celtic-knotwork-inspired puzzle engagement ring with a Celtic claddagh shadow band. This set, exclusive to Crystal Realm, features a custom, hand-woven, four-band, working puzzle ring in four colors of 14K gold and a marquise diamond in your choice of sizes, paired with an original claddagh shadow band made from a hand-carved wax and then cast via the lost-wax casting method. Notice the trinity knots in place of cuffs.

The claddagh symbol, believed to date to over 300 years ago in Galway, Ireland, features two hands, a heart, and a crown. The hands represent friendship, the heart, love, and the crown loyalty, for an overall meaning of, “Love, loyalty, friendship: May love and friendship reign.”

This engagement ring is a true, working puzzle ring that you can take apart and put back together, following our excellent online video, animated, and written instructions. We can custom make a bridal set for you in any design based on a puzzle ring with your choice of stone or stones and a shadow band in the design of your choice. Four colors of 14K gold; 14K rose, yellow, or white gold; palladium or platinum. All metals are non-allergenic – our white gold is nickel-free, and both palladium and platinum are used 95% pure, so they are the ultimate in non-allergenic metals.

If you wish to select toasting glasses for your wedding to complement your Celtic theme . . . please visit this link here.

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Celtic Engagement Ring – Puzzle Ring

December 18th, 2015 Comments off

Rose Gold Celtic-Knotwork-Inspired Puzzle Engagement Ring with Open Weave

14K Rose Gold is hot, hot, hot!! Here is our four-band, medium-weight, Guinevere puzzle engagement ring with a round diamond mounted with a 14K white gold setting. The diamond shown is 1/2CT, and the weave of the puzzle ring is open. What do I mean by an open weave? See the center top (north) and bottom (south) loops (that is, these loops are at top and bottom in the image, but they are on either side of the diamond when it’s on your hand), and see how these loops extend out so each side of the puzzle ring has a very curved shape to it? This results from an open weave. All of our puzzle rings are available with an open, standard, or tight weave, so each ring is very custom. They are hand-woven, so no two are alike! Please visit us at Crystal Realm to see more of these amazing rings that really do come apart and go back together – they are working puzzle rings!

 

14K rose gold Guinevere puzzle engagement ring with 1/2CT round diamond and 14K white gold setting.

14K rose gold Guinevere puzzle engagement ring with 1/2CT round diamond and 14K white gold setting.

 

Below is a Guinevere puzzle ring with a tight weave. This is most popular for wearing with an eternity band. Eternity band? Well, people usually think this means stones all the way around the ring, but that’s not necessarily true. What eternity band really means is a ring that is a uniform width all the way around.

And a standard weave is below. See how this puzzle ring has center top and bottom loops with the tips just showing? This is another ring that is usually paired with an eternity wedding band, but you get to see a little more of the “puzzleness: of the ring than you do with the tight weave.

In my next post, I’ll show you some Guinevere puzzle rings with wedding bands, so you can see some options for bridal sets. Until then, have a wonderful holiday, however you celebrate it! And be sure to visit us at crystalrealm.com to see our lovely puzzle engagement rings and exclusive bridal sets.

 

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Celtic Engagement Ring – Puzzle Ring

September 20th, 2015 Comments off

Guinevere Royale puzzle ring with step-cut Swiss blue topaz and diamonds

We just made this blue topaz and diamond puzzle ring for a client who had lost hers. It’s a 14K white gold, Celtic-knotwork inspired, four-band puzzle ring with a 4mm, step-cut, Swiss blue topaz and two 5-point accent diamonds. This is a genuine, hand-woven puzzle ring that really does come apart and go back together. For more information, please contact Mandira directly.

Genuine puzzle engagement ring - Guinevere Royale - with 4mm, step-cut, Swiss blue topaz and 5-point accent diamonds

Guinevere Royale puzzle ring with 4mm step-cut, Swiss blue topaz and accent diamonds in 14K white gold. A genuine, four-band puzzle ring, this ring comes apart and goes back together to fascinate and mystify your friends and loved ones!

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Celtic Engagement Ring: Puzzle Ring with Claddagh Shadow Band

September 20th, 2015 Comments off

New Claddagh Shadow Band with Marquise Diamond Puzzle Ring

Our client wanted the addition of trinity knots to her claddagh band along with a very narrow shank. We delivered the finished set this week, and our client stated that she received exactly what she had envisioned. She wrote, “I would never have gotten this level of perfection anywhere else, and I am so grateful for all of the work that you and your artists put in to this creation.”

This set is not yet on our site at www.crystalrealm.com, but you may contact Mandira directly to inquire about your own custom bridal set.

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Celtic Engagement Ring Wedding Set: Diamond Puzzle Ring with 2mm Shadow Band

June 5th, 2015 Comments off

Guinevere Celtic-Inspired Puzzle Ring with 2mm Shadow Band

This set sparkles so much and is just so fun and lovely in four colors of 14K gold. The puzzle ring is 14K rose, yellow, white, and green gold with a 14K white gold setting. The 2mm shadow band is made from an original, hand-carved wax that is made to go precisely with this very puzzle ring. Our shadow bands are all one off originals made to go with our original, hand-woven puzzle engagement rings. This set is now in Northern Alberta, Canada!

Guinevere puzzle engagement ring with 1/2CT diamond and four colors of 14K gold (yellow, white, rose, and green), and a custom 2mm shadow band from original hand-carved wax.

Guinevere puzzle engagement ring with 1/2CT diamond and four colors of 14K gold (yellow, white, rose, and green), and a custom 2mm shadow band from original hand-carved wax. See details here.

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