Oct 17

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


16 thoughts on “Jewelry Design Inspired by Existing Designs – Mary’s New Wedding Ring Story

  1. 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!

    • 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

  2. 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!

    • 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

    • Kymberly,
      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

  3. 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!!

    • Alison,
      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

  4. I have a ring I would like recreated. When I was pregnant with my twins, I got PUPPS. It’s an extremely itchy rash that is common with multiples and it mainly was on my arms and fingers. I lost by simple engagement ring and I just want a recreation and a quote; I miss mine so much.

    • Hi Meagan,
      I’ll also respond by email. I’m hoping you have pictures of your lost ring. Or we can start from scratch and create a similar ring.
      Your Personal Jeweler,

  5. I have a ring I would like to have recreated, my soon to be mother in-law gave me the first ring her husband gave her. It dropped down the drain and I couldn’t get it back. I would really like to recreate it for her.

  6. I lost my wedding set. The good news is I met a woman years ago who has the same set so I messaged her on facebook and she sent me a picture of her rings. I can send the picture to you by email. I would like to know the cost of having a new one made.

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