Designs can also be made to incorporate diamonds, sapphires or other gemstones. There are various options to consider when choosing one, for instance diamonds and sapphires are a good choice because of their hardness and ability to withstand everyday wear. This makes them particularly suited for inclusion into rings designs. Small 1mm to 2mm gemstones can range £15 to £80, increasing in price depending on the type, size, colour and quality of a gemstone.
Gemstones can be set in various ways. I tend to use round gemstones as I find that they lend themselves to the organic flowing lines of my designs, but occasionally I use other shapes. Whether they are set into the curls of the tendrils or a rub-over or claw setting, they can be used to enhance a design with their size, quality and colour or be used to represent something. For instance, birthstones can be chosen to represent your birthday or family members birthdays. Existing 'family' gemstones can be considered for inclusion for sentimental or environmental reasons. Please get in contact to discuss things further.
Due to their hardness, diamonds, sapphires and rubies are a particularly good choice for rings, especially those such as wedding and engagement rings that are intended to be worn everyday for a long time.
Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance found on Earth. All diamonds are sourced from reputable suppliers that adhere to the Kimberley Process, providing the assurance that all diamonds are conflict free.
The price of a diamond, as with all gemstones, is affected by the colour, clarity, cut, and carat (weight), commonly known as the four C's. Generally diamonds larger than 0.25ct are certified and smaller ones are not. Certification, means that a diamond has undergone quality analysis by a trusted gemological laboratory such as the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and have been issued with a certificate. This is a grading system recognised worldwide.
A good alternative to using a diamond would be a sapphire or ruby. They are hard wearing and also available in a range of colours. Sapphires are precious gemstones that are widely known to be blue (ranging from dark blackish blue to light cornflower blue) but are also available in other colours such as pink, purple, yellow, lilac, green, white, black and even orange. A sapphire is a variety of mineral called corundum, with the red colour being known as a ruby. Only small amounts of colouring trace elements separate rubies from other colours of sapphires. On the Moh's scale of hardness which is defined by a minerals resistance to scratching, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the hardest, diamonds rate as 10 and sapphires are 9.
Other gemstones can be incorporated. Please get in touch to discuss you requirements.