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Sullivent Engagement Ring

  1. DESIGN
  2. REFINE
  3. WAX
  4. CAST
  5. CLEAN
  6. SET
  7. FINISH



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  • Chris Ritchie on

    Hi Buford-
    I just wanted to check in with you and see if you had determined which diamond you would want to choose for your engagement ring?
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    I checked with the supplier today, and it looks like Dia01 has sold. But the other four are still available including the 2.5 carat stone.
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    Let me know if you have any questions about the options.

  • Chris Ritchie on

    Thanks, Buford! I added the cost in platinum. It’s amazing how close it is right now to white gold, especially because the platinum ring is more dense and therefore weighs more. Also, the purity of platinum alloy is 95%, whereas white gold is 58.3% (14k) and 75% (18k).
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    The VS1 clarity grading of the 2.5 carat stone means you would not be able to see any inclusions with your naked eye. My wife’s diamond is also a VS1 and looks beautiful.
    When considering the two stones, here’s my personal suggestion: If you like the 2.5 carat stone, let’s build the mounting in natural tone white gold so the (I) color grade is enhanced by the slightly warmer tone of the metal.
    If you go with the (F) color stone, we could build the mounting in Platinum, and the whiter tone of the metal will not compete with the center diamond.

  • Buford Sullivent on

    Chris,

    I really like that a lot! What ya the cost in platinum, will it allow the diamond to shine the same way the white gold will. On the stones, so if I were to pick the 2.5 you would be able to hold that diamond up to your eye and see the issues with it?

  • Chris Ritchie on

    Hi Buford- Thank you for your feedback. I have updated the design and rotated the 3rd infinity symbol so that it is only seen from the inside of the ring now. There should still be plenty of strength to hold the center since the prongs are upheld by the band on either side. That was one of the reasons I had the infinity wrapping the center stone in the first design: just to provide extra strength since you mentioned she would wear it hard.
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    Diamond 01 is incredible – extremely high color, and clarity that is so pure it would be difficult even for a trained eye to locate any inclusion under high power magnification. This is truly a remarkable stone.
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    Diamond 03 (the 2.5 carat) is very impressive as well especially because of its size.
    As far as clarity goes, it is still well above what could ever be seen with the naked eye. These videos are awesome because you can see every detail, but in person any inclusions would be impossible to see.
    This stone has a slightly lower color grade, and (I) color is usually the lowest I like to go in a white metal mounting. Since this is a solitaire mounting it should still face up white. I would also suggest leaving the white gold in its natural state (no white rhodium plating) so that the diamond shines as the whitest and brightest part in the design.
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    I would recommend you not go any lower than 14 karat gold so that the purity remains above 50%. 10 karat is more for lower cost production work, and in my opinion, custom rings and center diamond of this caliber call for higher quality gold alloys.
    You can even go with 18 karat white gold. 18 karat white doesn’t have the softness of 18 karat yellow. White is much harder than yellow across the board due to the nickel.
    There are also a couple of reasons I would suggest you consider Platinum:
    1) The cost right now is crazy low compared to white gold
    2) Though Platinum is a little softer, its incredible density gives it great strength.
    3) Platinum is considered hypoallergenic. (Some people have allergic reactions to the nickel that is in white gold)
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    Sorry, I know that’s a lot of information. Please feel free to call if you have any questions about it.
    And if you think you have decided on a diamond, let me know, and I will have it held aside in your name until we can process the payment. That way it won’t sell to someone else!

  • Buford Sullivent on

    Chris,

    I absolutely love the first design, I feel like the symbol underneath is a bit large and takes away from the stone itself. That being said I love the overal design, the idea of the the symbols is perfect!! I would definitely like to see the very first design without such a large symbols underneath to showcase that main stone, I don’t care for the design with the smaller diamonds as it takes away from the large stone I feel. I also want a 10 or a 14 carot white gold as she is a working woman who is hands on in life. On the middle symbol would it be possible just to have it be a connection if sides so the whole Dimanond would be able to be seen from the side? As far a diamonds go, I definitely love #1 I should wonder though, can the imperfection of 2.5 be seen to the naked eye? Just like my other ring this is so very exciting, thank you so much for the thought on the symbols and the sybolism of all of it thus far!!!!

    Buford