Ideas for Christmas

Still a few weeks away, so there is still plenty of time to organise yourselves, here are some great ideas for failsafe gifts for both Him and Her this Christmas.

Gifting a Diamond or Gemstone for Her – The Stepping Stone

We have a Stepping Stone service designed so that a diamond or gemstone of choice can be purchased and presented to Her this Christmas or any other occasion. The benefit here is the element of surprise and gifting, seeing the joy of a presentation of a beautifully boxed gem and the opportunity for Her to visit me at a convenient time where I will be delighted to help facilitate her ideal piece of jewellery to show the precious gems at their best to everyone’s satisfaction. For those of you that are really confident the entire bespoke process including diamond and gemstone sourcing and the design experience is open for your participation. I really look forward to hearing from you. More information here.

Gifting a Watch for Him

Most of my clients are aware that I provide a very discreet watch sourcing service and am able to supply all luxury brands within a two week period at significant discounts with the standard guarantees applying. Please contact me for further information and I will explain the process. More information here.

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A Classic Solitaire ring with a family story

My client’s brief from our initial telephone conversation was to source a 2.00 carat round brilliant cut somewhere between G-H colour/VS-SI1 clarity on a GIA certificate with a view to have a classic solitaire ring created for his wife. Both clients met with me shortly afterwards and I had prepared in advance four brilliant cuts all with different benefits ranging from higher colour/weaker clarity to an excellent make of diamond. Make of diamond refers to the harmony of the ideal proportions of a diamond which enables maximum light return called brilliance and also refers to the finish of diamond which reflects the skill of the diamond polisher who applied the facets and created perfect symmetry of the diamond from the original rough.

There was no competition in choice of diamond, after explaining the 4C’s the variables governing the value of diamond, both my clients chose a 2.04 carat E/SI1 which stood out amongst all other stones. The diamond had excellent cut, polish and symmetry and had strong blue fluorescence which if you managed to read my Fluorescence blog will note that the emission of medium or strong fluorescence in higher colours could impact on the brilliance of diamond. The fluorescence in this stone certainly did not impact on brilliance and only emphasises that you need to see actual diamond before making a judgement on fluorescence.

We then proceeded to the design brief for CAD which was a challenge. My client wanted the design of ring to accommodate her diamond from her original engagement ring which was 3.8mm in diameter and also to accommodate her existing half eternity ring. To conclude the brief, my client also wanted a pink and blue diamond set into the band to serve as a reminder of her two children, a boy and girl. (See the CAD design below)

A Classic Solitaire ring with a family story
The casting was swiftly assembled and I set the 2.04 carat with talon claws (see top photo above) and then I managed to have set the original brilliant cut set into the finger bezel so the pavilion was almost kissing the culet of the 2.04 carat diamond (see middle photo below) and gypsy set into band a 1.6mm fancy vivid blue diamond and fancy intense pink diamond at 3 and 6 o’ clock.

(See photos of the blue diamond on the left below and pink below centre).
blue diamond set3.8mm diamond setpink diamond set

Result: A classic solitaire with a difference which told a story of their marriage, children and success with the added value of all three stones nestling around her engagement finger.

Versatility: Diamond hooped earrings with detachable pink sapphire and diamond drops

Commissions occasionally arrive by phone call from exotic locations. This client in the Caribbean had viewed some synthetic Alexandrite earrings and asked if I could supply natural Alexandrites. These stones have extraordinary optical properties. They change colour in different light; green in daylight and pink to red or mauve with soft, warm light. Natural stones are very rare and I pointed out that they would be expensive and difficult to source. A budget was decided and the importance of a match discussed, as the client’s wife wanted a strong pink colour to compliment other jewellery I had previously designed.  I suggested rich pink sapphires as a solution for the choice of stone and also recommended I design earrings with diamonds, to be multi functional where they can be worn during day or evening/formal occasions. I presented the pink sapphires and his wife loved the pair and really liked the idea of two options of wear either as hoops or with pendant as an attachment. I sketched the design and was careful with the size of diamonds to not detract from the centre sapphires.

Result:  a pair of versatile earrings to compliment other pieces of jewellery which can all be worn as a collection. Two very happy clients!

Vintage: a brilliant cut diamond & emerald ring


Sometimes I receive a very clear and personal brief. This commission required a vintage style engagement ring with a stunning centre focus, on a very good colour, clarity & cut of diamond and an accent of emerald in a platinum setting.  Keeping all these factors in mind, my designs took the brief literally to another level with the centre diamond raised prominently above the detail of the navette shaped settings.

My client was delighted with the design concept, realised on CAD (Computer Aided Design) especially the millegrained setting edges to the navettes which created a vintage look.  The brilliant cut G/VS2 diamond on an ‘Excellent’ GIA certificate provided the perfect solution for the centre stone. An additional challenge was to find a pair of emeralds 1.3mm each that could be set in between the two navette shapes that would be bright and visible!  I sourced some very bright diamond cut emeralds which I managed to set between the navettes.

Result: one very happy client!