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Old 08-25-2015, 10:09 AM
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Default Something I wanted to share...Sneak Peek into Custom Jewelry

We make, in our operation, probably 20-40 custom pieces a week...depending on the economic climate, oil prices, the time of year etc. I get asked for pieces all the time that most would consider extremely complicated, but to us, its routine...like open heart surgery to a seasoned heart specialist.

This one I feel slightly different. It was REALLY complicated and we made the entire thing right here in house, sent not one part of the process out.

The center stone is a European cut diamond just under 2cts (circa 1930's). The baguettes were all custom cut to fit the holes and the ring is all Platinum.

Anyway...hope you enjoy it, I made it for a long time friend who is really really happy with it.

Cad Modeling and video of the actual ring below.

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nice work - and --- stop with the uber crap - use real English-
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Very nice. Better not show this to the admiral. LOL
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Nice job, very impressive!
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nice work - and --- stop with the uber crap - use real English-
First thing I thought as well.
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I was wondering what part of the project brought the most challenges? I meant the most "uber" challenges?
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jeez...ok ok, I will change the word. If the car service didn't exist, nobody would have said a word LOL
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jeez...ok ok, I will change the word. If the car service didn't exist, nobody would have said a word LOL
That's really sweet work man. And don't change how you speak to suit others. Uber was fine.
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That's really sweet work man. And don't change how you speak to suit others. Uber was fine.
Ya if he was 13, and yes nice work!
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I wasn't just busting chops above (I jumped on the bandwagon), my question was real... Seriously, on a project like that, what is the biggest obstacle to get it done?
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Originally Posted by cparkerc View Post
I wasn't just busting chops above (I jumped on the bandwagon), my question was real... Seriously, on a project like that, what is the biggest obstacle to get it done?
Two areas.

1) As you can see the bulk of the design process is done in the computer and then sent to a mill...like this one HERE. Unfortunately the mill has limitations and the rest of the work must be done by hand. This is where I feel we actually excel...most that spend 30-50k on a mill believe as soon as it comes off the mill they're done. We will spend hours cleaning up and making the wax more delicate...all by hand. We make tools for this job. See the exacto knife below...you cannot buy that blade anywhere. So, if you look at the floral pattern on the backside of the ring...getting it to be open and delicate like that takes a TON of patience and time with tools NOT readily available. This is all done under a microscope.

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2) Setting the baguettes in a channel that shares a wall with the center stone is UBER difficult ()....the doughnut or bezel that holds the center stone is roughly 1.5mm thick, maybe a bit less. If you cut the channel too deep on one side and cut into the metal holding the diamond on the other side...you will probably be shouting more than just "Houston, We Have a Problem"

Now...my guys may tell us a VERY different story. Making Jay happy may be the toughest part

If you have any more questions, ask away!

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id ask but they say if you have to ask...
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Fascinating thread. Thanks for taking the time to post it!
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I would never have the patience for that. It is truly an art that you poses.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Two areas.

1) As you can see the bulk of the design process is done in the computer and then send to a mill...like this one HERE. Unfortunately the mill has limitations and the rest of the work must be done by hand. This is where I feel we actually excel...most that spend 30-50k on a mill believe as soon as it comes off the mill they're done. We will spend hours cleaning up and making the wax more delicate...all by hand. We make tools for this job. See the exacto knife below...you cannot buy that blade anywhere. So, if you look at the floral pattern on the backside of the ring...getting it to be open and delicate like that takes a TON of patience and time with tools NOT readily available. This is all done under a microscope.





2) Setting the baguettes in a channel that shares a wall with the center stone is UBER difficult ()....the doughnut or bezel that holds the center stone is roughly 1.5mm thick, maybe a bit less. If you cut the channel too deep on one side and cut into the metal holding the diamond on the other side...you will probably be shouting more than just "Houston, We Have a Problem"

Now...my guys may tell us a VERY different story. Making Jay happy may be the toughest part

If you have any more questions, ask away!

AWESOME! Thank you for the detailed answer. Your team does incredible work, I see why you are proud of it!
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Jay is the real deal folks, won't do jewelry business with anyone else, ever.
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Very nice. Better not show this to the admiral. LOL

Perfect response to an absolute stunning ring!
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Jay, a couple of years ago a group of us went out on a charter. The mate had a necklace that everyone of us still look for. He would not tell us where he got it. It was all circle hooks with the barb of one through the eye of the next. In the back it looked like a barrel swivel which actually unscrewed to take it on and off. It was silver and looked like real hooks were used. He said it never stabbed him nor was it uncomfortable in the least. Have you ever seen anything like this?

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