Dalloway

Intertwined twisted cords representing harmonious, embracing love is the earliest of jewellery designs.  Before jewellery was ever forged from precious metals, the ancients twisted reeds together to form their adornment and symbolise their commitment.
The design is truly timeless.  Two separate bands twisted together, joining two lovers – two souls – in eternal embrace.

I already have many designs with sinuous curves in my collection so I decided to do this one in a more angular geometric style.
I also wanted to add the classic elegance of Art Deco to the collection. Much of the period’s design inspiration came from Egyptian motifs. Geometric designs rendered by the most revered design houses flourished in this era and in those since.
The design of this ring is straightforward in presentation but detailed in execution. Referring to well-known Art Deco jewellery design catalogues, I translated the soft curves of the classic rope design into geometric twists.

Creating the CAD model was very intricate and time consuming.  It was challenging to keep track of each band and the direction and angle of twist in relation to the other.

Satisfactory implementation into gold and diamonds also took some work.
If the band was to be used as a wedding ring, I wanted to make it as narrow as possible, so my first implementation used a “Cut down” setting which has the advantage of not needing an edge, so that the band is only the same width as the diamonds and no more.

However, I never have and never will like this style of setting because I think it can look messy. The geometry of round claws extending from a straight sided base never leads to a pleasing effect in my eyes.
I tried keeping the claws square all the way through, but the tiny little 1.1mm diamonds were lost.


I decided to go back to the style of setting that I know is safe and secure for the stones; one that is neat and pretty, though it makes the band a little wider than I would’ve liked at first. This style of setting has rails on each side of the diamond.

The rails have the disadvantage of making the whole design wider, but a greater advantage in protecting the claws that hold the diamonds from wear and tear. They also create a more defined line that emphasises the geometry of the design.

This ring can be worn as a dress ring, an extra wide wedding band, or as a combined engagement and wedding ring in one.
The symbolism of this design can celebrate marriage, friendship, parent and child, or any other two things clasped together in eternal union.

This ring uses 32 diamonds that weigh a total of .3 carats.
It can be made in white, yellow or rose gold – 9ct, 14ct, 18ct
Prices quoted are for high quality, well cut stones, F colour Vs quality.

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