Hand wrought filigree is one of Knox Jewelers’ most sought after design elements. It is hard to deny that filigree as a decorative accent leaves a noticeable impact on your custom design.
Filigree is a design element in jewelry that is created by soldiering very fine metal wires together into intricate, interlocking patterns. Most of the wires will be twisted or bent into custom curls that fit the given design space perfectly. Throughout most of history, filigree was added to jewelry with a supporting base, but eventually the base was discarded to give filigree jewelry a lacier and lighter appearance. Openwork filigree jewelry pieces were especially popular in the nineteenth century, through the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Now, in our modern times, most filigree patterns are cast-in-place and not created by hand. Though cast-in-place designs may give the same lace-like effect, there is something impressive and delicate about individually crafted and hand soldiered filigree curls. At Knox Jewelers we are striving to keep the craft of hand created filigree alive in all of our custom engagement rings. Being crafted by hand allows your ring to be truly one-of-a-kind.
All Knox custom engagement rings are build by hand from the ground up with extreme precision and craftsmanship. Individually formed filigree curls are a detail that tells the world that your ring was hand crafted, carefully constructed and made exclusively for you. Consider including a filigree pattern into your Knox Jewelers custom created engagement ring. It will elevate and bring a uniqueness to any design. Contact us today to get started on your own engagement ring featuring handcrafted filigree!
A distinct gemstone compared to other specimens, alexandrite is famous for its dramatic color change. Large deposits of this gemstone were first discover in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1830s. It was named for the then current heir the throne, the young Alexander II. These first alexandrites were of outstanding quality and displayed an impressive color shift in vivid hues. The remarkable Ural Mountain deposits did not last forever, but these first examples are this the premium that all other alexandrites are compared to. Today this gemstone can be found in Sri Lanka, Africa and Brazil.
Alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. The gemstone is a charming green hue in daylight and shifts to a purplish red in incandescent light. This chameleon like ability result from the way alexandrite crystals absorb light. This gemstone has famously been labeled as an “emerald by day, ruby by night”. Other gemstone are know to shift hues like alexandrite, but few are as extreme.
Alexandrite holds an average gemstone hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs Scale. It is not as durable as sapphire or diamonds, but alexandrite would fair well in most custom engagement ring settings or any other custom creation you desire. The dazzling alexandrite shown here would make a stunning one-of-a-kind right hand ring or colored gemstone engagement ring. This alexandrite options is currently featured on our online gemstone list, and is just waiting to be made into a custom created work of art!
Today, alexandrite is a rare gemstone, nearly never found in large carat sizes. Its scarcity does mean that natural gems will come with a cost higher than that of more common gemstones. Though natural examples are breathtaking, we also offer lab created options that display a similar color change effect. Any natural or lab created gemstone can be set into any one of Knox Jewelers’ custom creations.
Let us at Knox Jewelers help you design a custom created piece of jewelry holding the rare natural alexandrite featured here or any other available option on our gemstone list. Contact us today to get started!
Like the Georgian and Victorian eras, the Edwardian era was named so for the ruling British monarch of the time, King Edward VII. The son of Queen Victoria, King Edward reigned from 1901 to 1910. In stark contrast to his mother, Edward has been described as a lively, lighthearted and a lover of all things luxurious. Both before and after his coronation, he spend a large amount of his time in society. Jewelry at this time was an important component in the lifestyle of royalty and the wealthy upper class.
During the Victorian era there was a surge and overwhelming excitement for innovation and invention. New methods and technology of jewelry making were embraced. However, during the Edwardian era there was a rejection of machine made jewelry and a desire for hand crafted pieces. Delicate, ornate and gossamer-like rings and pendants became the new trend in fine jewelry. Inspiration for this new trend was largely influence by the decorative style and architecture of the 1800s.
Forms and outline commonly seen in these new designs included ribbons, garlands, bows, knots, laurel wreaths, tassels and lace-like shapes. These motifs were given a lightness never before seen in jewelry through the newfound ability to fabricate with platinum. The invention of the oxyacetylene torch in 1903 gave artisans the ability to manipulate platinum. This torch produced the necessary temperature needed to melt this precious metal. The strength and durability of platinum was used to create delicate works of art. Pieces of jewelry resembled the finest lace and embroidery designs. Diamonds accompanied most platinum settings. The stones could be set with smaller amounts of metal. The juxtaposition of platinum and diamond, white on white, allowed pieces to appear like fine, diamond encrusted woven lace.
A new decorative technique, milgrain, was also introduced in the Edwardian era. Featured heavily in designs from this time period; platinum made this design element a possibility. Milgrain is a border of delicate bead-like ridges outlining elements in the design. This bordering often made jewelry appear softer and lighter.
Let us at Knox Jewelers custom create your perfect engagement ring or wedding band inspired by your favorite Edwardian era jewelry! Contact Knox Jewelers today and get started on creating your very own custom engagement ring featuring delicate platinum designs and milgrain borders.
Design 3506 is a rosy-hued masterpiece and the newest addition to our ever-growing collection of custom created engagement rings. At Knox Jewelers we create every engagement ring from the ground up to ensure each is one-of-a-kind, such as Design 3506. We have had several requests in the past year for custom designs featuring this unique blush toned gemstone. This custom ring focuses the perfect amount of attention on the gorgeous oval cut center morganite. It is held in a full bezel setting and framed by a glittering diamond halo. The milgrain edging surrounding the oval stone gives a vintage inspired edge to this current setting!
This custom design centers around an on-trend oval cut pale pink morganite, but any shade center stone would look amazing is this unique custom design. The petite rounded band and textured diamond halo give this ring a timeless and elegant look. Knox’s ability to take any inspiration, including a gemstone request, and transform it into your dream engagement ring is illustrated in this custom piece. Design 3506 is the perfect example of how a colored center stone can make an extraordinary and unique engagement ring. Knox hand finishes and outstanding craftsmanship will ensure that this halo engagement ring will last a lifetime.
Every ring at Knox Jewelers is made by hand from the ground up. We are extremely proud of our in-house design team that works tirelessly to add even the smallest details to your perfect custom engagement ring. We document the creation of our custom piece with jeweler’s eye view production photos, allowing you the chance to see your beautiful ring come to life.
This colorful oval diamond halo engagement ring can be recreated to accommodate any type, shape, or size center stones. Contact Knox Jewelers today to custom tailor this design to your preferred precious metal and central gemstone selection to create your own unique engagement ring!
Nearly all of Knox Jewelers’ vintage inspired custom engagement rings, and some of our more modern settings, will include milgrain detailing. However, most people shopping for engagement ring have never heard the term for this tiny design element. Even if they are unfamiliar with the word, they still recognize and appreciate this decorative accent that leaves a noticeable impact. Milgrain detailing usually appears along the edges of rings but it can also be used to add texture and outline any aspect of a custom created piece.
Milgrain is a beading detail that embellished much of antique jewelry, and is now featured on nearly all antique inspired jewelry. The jewelry term is derived from the French millegrain, which translates to “a thousand grains”. It is typically a close-set row of metal beads that are used as a border. It is commonly seen on ring and jewelry created in the first half of the twentieth century.
Like a frame surrounding a painting, milgrain edging is meant to set off and compliment certain elements of your design, like a bezel around a center stone or framing pockets of filigree. When it is featured framing a center stone it highlights the beauty of both colorless diamond and colored gemstones. Milgrain draws attention to the construction of your piece, and adds a refinement to any custom creation. It can also add a polish look and suggest an antique inspiration. In more comtemporary pieces, milgrain has become an accent used sparely to highlight important details.
This decorative edging is achieved by rolling a milgrain tool over a bright-cut metal surface creating a row of depressions and rounded impressions.
All Knox custom engagement rings are build by hand from the ground up with extreme precision and craftsmanship. Milgrain edging is a detail that tells the world that your ring was hand crafted, carefully constructed and made exclusively for you. Consider including milgrain edging into your Knox Jewelers custom created engagement ring. It will bring an antique refinement to any design. Contact us today to get started on your own engagement ring featuring milgrain detailing!