Rebel Jewelry Design, The Architect’s Ring

Engagement Ring with Vintage Details and Hand engraving, three diamond

Three Diamond Ring with Filigree and Hand Engraving and a Story!

Three Jewelers Down, Would I Be the Fourth?

Has someone ever challenged you in your work and just pushed you to places you never went before? It happened to this Santa Barbara Jewelry Designer and this is the ring that came out of that crucible of challenge. This ring is a rebel!

A Renaissance Man Takes on the Jewelry Establishment

My client was an architect, had built his own house and his own boat! This guy knew from design! He wanted an engagement ring for his gorgeous lady love.

He had clear ideas on what he did and didn’t want in a jewelry design. The problem was that in the rules of jewelry design his design idea wasn’t supportable. That’s what the three jeweler’s he spoke to before me explained to him.

Filigree detail in three diamond engagement ring

The Side View of “The Architect’s Ring”

Dreaming the Impossible Dream, Jewelry-Wise

I took on this crazy project because I liked him and thought I could figure out a way to give him what he wanted.

The rebel jeweler in me wanted to break some rules and make some jewels!

Worthy of a National Magazine Article

The story of how this rule breaking, unique engagement ring came to be made is in an article written about it in MJSA Journal “The Architect’s Ring.”

Here’s a titillating excerpt:

“Tomas had one strong dislike that she knew right away was going to be a problem. During the exploratory phase of the design process (in which Gold typically sketches ideas by hand), Tomas said he hated the kinds of long prongs used on most three-stone rings, which start at the base of the crown section of the ring and extend to the top of the gemstone.
He said the prongs reminded him of unwieldy architectural supports. What he really wanted was a filigree design in the setting that would be light, lacey, and capable of making the three diamonds look airborne, instead of trapped in what he perceived to be rigid and separate compartments.”

Read the whole story:  The Architect’s Ring

Three diamond ring with filigree side view

There are His Airy Floating Diamonds with the Lacey Look He Wanted

An Extremely Happy Ending

Happily I  found a way to break the rules and make the Architect’s ring. His fiance loved it. He loved it too and was mighty pleased that his idea took flight and landed in a gift of wearable love.

Did I say love too many times? Well I love this ring. Oops, I did it again! It’s because I’m so happy remembering being that challenged and being a rebel against what I thought couldn’t be done. Thanks to an architect and a challenge, we came up with this amazing ring.

Rebel Jeweler, Calla Gold


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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Tracey M.
Tracey M.
11 years ago

Calla Gold, bad ass, rebel jeweler, does it again!
That is such a great story Calla. I’ll never look at an intricate jewelry design the same ever again.
And for the record you can say “love” as many times as you want. I love this ring too!
I’m loving that you take on challenges. Perhaps I’ll think one up and try to stump you and then you’ll design me an awesome ring too. Oh yeah, you’d do that anyway Calla!

michelle gysan
michelle gysan
11 years ago

This intricate looking engagement ring has a great story. Calla Gold that is an amazingly regal design. Gorgeous.

Indian Jewellery Designers
11 years ago

Nice post….These designs are all so beautiful, Calla Gold. it would be hard to chose one. Great job done keep it up..
Obviously I am very into wedding rings. So from my professional opinion your wedding jewelry design rocks.

Dr. Lynn K. Jones
11 years ago

Tracey is right. You are a bad ass! Isn’t it an amazing feeling when the challenge looks like a brick wall three feet taller than you, asking you to climb over it. Next thing you know, you’re standing on the other side and wonder what you were thinking when you had trepidation. That ring? AMAZING. And that man? Reason to feel a bit skittish. But…you’re a bad ass!

Peter Siddle
11 years ago

Beautiful Design! Thanks for posting.

5 years ago

Really fabulous finishing and design! A girl will cherish your designs…Truly awesome… Presenting it would be the best gift.