Jewelry Design Inspired by Existing Designs – Mary’s New Wedding Ring Story

By Calla Gold

Sapphire and Diamond Wedding Ring

“My New Ring!”

The Phone Call Jewelers Never Want to Get

My Santa Barbara Jewelry phone rang on a gorgeous palm tree waving day. This Jewelry Designer never likes to hear these words, “It’s Mary, I’ve lost my wedding ring!”

She had two wonderful kids, one husband and no wedding ring. It’s sad, it’s a loss, just not right.

Have You Ever Lost a Really Important Piece of jewelry?

It’s just the pits. And if it’s your wedding ring it’s not like you’re going to wait till your anniversary. You need it now.

Mary’s New Wedding Ring Story and Jewelry Design Steps

Brass Alloy Samples of Rings

One of my many boxes of brass cast copies of rings

That’s where we were when Mary and I met. “Bring your box of models Calla.” And so I did.

She wanted to get inspired by designs I’d already done. We narrowed it down to one wedding ring design. (See below, with the Halloween Orange background. What was I thinking?)

Then I went sapphire shopping and we visited twice to narrow it down to the perfect sapphires. (Obsessing over the perfect gemstones is normal and actually a good idea!)

Wax model of three round gem ring

This is the Style Mary Chose, That I Modified for Her

Even though we had a specific design, it didn’t at all fit the chosen sapphires. So we carved a new wax to accommodate her new sapphires.

It changed the design by enlarging the center element and widening the gap on the shank of the ring. Which made it unique.

Put Your Favorite Features in Your Custom Wedding Ring

Since Mary wears silver and gold she wanted a two tone look. So the wax was carved in two pieces so it’d be able to be cast in yellow gold and white gold.

Mary’s Happy Ending!

I loved this project. Beginning with an existing design was a great starting point. Mary found a model that fit her taste. When we altered it we only improved a design style she knew she liked.

Three Bezel Set Sapphires  with Pave Diamonds Ring

Mary’s Wedding Ring With Yellow Gold Bezels for Her Sapphires and White Gold for the Diamonds

It looks amazing on her. This is Mary’s story.

What’s the Takeaway Question Here?

Do you have a project to be done or a loss to be replaced? Look at existing designs to see what you like. Do something about it. Soon. Really, you’ll be glad you did!

Calla Gold, Happy Jewelry Designer



10 Responses to “Jewelry Design Inspired by Existing Designs – Mary’s New Wedding Ring Story”

Mary Ebeling October 17th, 2011 at 8:54 am

Calla, thank you so much for my beautiful new ring! The loss of a treasured item is never easy, but the joy and ease of designing a new FANTASTIC ring with you was wonderful. Thank you for helping us get through the “in’s and out’s” of custom design, and I LOVE wearing my new ring!

Calla Gold October 17th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Mary, thank you for your wonderful comment. We had a pretty fun time with the in’s and out’s of custom jewelry design. You’re fun to work with.
Calla Gold

Brennan October 19th, 2011 at 8:04 am

Wow–I can’t imagine what would go through my mind if my wife lost her ring, but good to know you’re there to support and create a stunning design. Great job Calla!

Calla Gold October 19th, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thanks Brennan, may the only reason you design a new wedding ring for your wife be because you are moved to do so for a special anniversary! I appreciate your kind words Brennan,
Calla Gold

madeleine Vite October 19th, 2011 at 8:22 am

You are so talented calla that is a beautiful ring.

Calla Gold October 19th, 2011 at 8:48 am

Madeleine, Thanks so much for taking a moment to tell me you like her ring!
Calla Gold

KymberlyFunFit April 28th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Good thing you enjoy this level of detail as I promise never to compete with you for such work. I would not have the patience. Go Calla!

Calla Gold April 28th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I’m glad my level of detail has scared you off. Hey wait a minute you’re not a jeweler! You are the fitness queen of the US of A!
Thanks for popping by!
Calla Gold

Alison April 29th, 2012 at 8:25 am

Well it’s always a sad day when one loses their wedding ring. So traumatic. Mary should be ecstatic with her new ring and design. It’s beautiful!!

Calla Gold April 29th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Mary was ecstatic to get her new ring. Evidently she’s gotten a lot of compliments on it. That just makes me so happy to hear that.
Calla Gold

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