A local guy from Missoula approached me to design an engagement ring for his partner. He had two different family rings: one was a yellow gold diamond ring with a beautiful center stone and a number of smaller diamonds surrounding it and the other ring was a yellow gold emerald ring. The initial idea was to create an unconventional ring that utilized the two main stones from each ring.
Beginning to carve the ring out of wax
Through the design process, we decided to use the diamond ring for the engagement ring and save the emerald for the wedding band. We chose to go with a curving design in rose gold for the engagement ring, which was both classic and unique. A subtle asymmetry was created by setting two small diamonds on one side of the center diamond and one on the other. The more abstract design would be reserved for the wedding band, once his fiancé could have input in the process.
Finalizing the shape of the ring in wax and placing the stones
Polishing the ring after it is cast in rose gold and checking to see how the stones fit
Setting the center stone
Starting to set the side stones
The proposal happened on the top of Murphy Peak in the Rattlesnake wilderness on a perfect sunny Montana winter day!