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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 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.  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.

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 I guarantee that the specs for every diamond will be confirmed by a GIA analysis, should you ever decide to have one done. And if the specs are not confirmed, I’ll replace your diamond for you.

0.93CT Marquise Diamond

0.93CT Marquise Diamond

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 me for the ring to be made.

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 a diamond in each cuff 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 

 

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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