This new custom created engagement ring is leaving us rather speechless here at Knox Jewelers. This recent custom creation features a truly unique baguette blue sapphire set halo framing a stunning 2.00 carat round center diamond. Inspired by halo settings from the Art Deco era, this custom ring displays true to the time wrapped shoulders and a pierced design under halo. Each baguette blue sapphire was set by hand into the halo to ensure complete symmetry and consistency. The channel set halo and bezel set center diamond are enhanced by beaded milgrain edging, adding depth and texture to the design. Knox’s ability to create a one of a kind custom engagement ring from any inspiration is illustrated in this amazing handcrafted piece. Design 3518 is a custom recreation inspired by an era known for its innovative jewelry designs. Knox Jewelers’ hand finishes and outstanding craftsmanship will ensure that this platinum, sapphire and diamond 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 extraordinary platinum and sapphire Art Deco inspired ring design 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 one-of-a-kind engagement ring!
One of the best things about having your engagement ring custom created with Knox Jewelers is the seemingly endless possibilities. A vast selection of center stone options and corresponding settings, that are changeable by request, allows a custom ring to be tailored around nearly any budget. If you have allocated a specific amount towards your engagement ring investment, listed below are a few ways to save on your final custom creation.
Approach Diamonds with an Open Mind
Being flexible when searching for your perfect center stone could make all the difference. You may enter the search believing you absolutely need a colorless flawless 1.00 carat diamond, then realize that these combined factors in a stone are rare. With everyone on the search for these holy-grail equivalent diamonds, when they are found, they will be priced accordingly. To aid in your quest, there are a few things to keep in mind when narrowing down your diamond search.
Carat weights like 0.50, 1.00 and 1.50 are often the most desired diamond sizes. Selecting a diamond weighing close to any one of these magic numbers, such as a 0.96 carat instead of a 1.00 carat, could mean a break in price. Remember it is important to consider millimeter measures of options as well. You may happen across a diamond whose diameter measures greater than its average carat weight, leaving you with a larger look for less cost.
A small amount of body color in a diamond is less noticeable in warm hued metals. Both yellow and rose gold compliment and mask body color in options selected from the near-colorless and even the faint diamond color ranges. If you are considering a yellow or rose gold setting, lowering your color grade in your center stone to the faint range could aid in your cost.
Consider selecting a SI (slightly included) graded diamond. Diamonds receive their clarity grade based off of how many natural inclusions they possess. This grade is taken into consideration when diamonds are priced. There are many SI graded diamonds whose inclusions can not be seen with the naked eye. Others will be white or perfectly placed in the diamond to be covered by a prong. Most diamonds graded above the SI range, will be completely eye clean, and their cost will be greater. Looking for your perfect diamond in the slightly included clarity range can seem like a treasure hunt, but there are amazing options to be found.
Choose A Knox Graded Diamond
We do offer diamond options that have been graded in-house. These diamonds are brought straight from the cutter and then hand selected by our stone buyer. They have not been sent to the third party laboratory for grading, meaning the time and cost of this expenses has not been added into their final pricing. These diamond options are graded with GIA standards in mind and can be compared next to similar diamonds graded by this lab. Selecting a Knox graded diamond could mean finding your perfect diamond at an exceptional value.
Explore Alternative Center Stone Options
A natural diamond is not the only gemstone that can be featured in your Knox custom engagement ring. We have several gemstones available, and your setting will be created around the measurements of any option you choose.
Choosing our Temporary Solitaire option allows you to work in phases towards your custom engagement ring, spreading your investment through time. After you select your perfect center stone, it will be set into our Classic Solitaire mounting. You can then create your custom setting whenever you would like to move forward. When you have decided on your Knox setting, we will remove your center stone and set it into its final ring. Many people choose to proposal with the Solitaire and then come in together to finalize their new custom setting.
Custom Tailor Your Setting
Every engagement ring commissioned through Knox Jewelers is created to order from the ground up. This means any alterations you have in mind for a setting are possible. All finishes on Knox custom rings are created by hand. These details are labor intense for our jewelers. Eliminating handwork in a ring setting will often lower its cost. Things that can be removed or scaled down are hand engraving, side diamonds, hand forged filigree curls and milgrain edging. These beautiful details add character to all of our one-of-a-kind settings, but often these details can be added at a later date. This way your custom setting is like a blank canvas, ready to completed in your future together.
United States – The state of Montana boasts the Yogo Clutch area which is famous for sapphire production.
Nigeria – Darker toned sapphires are often found in Nigeria due to the presence of magmatic rocks.
Kenya – Kenya is not limited to one color of sapphire, several hues are found here including rarer star sapphires.
Tanzania – a large variety of colored sapphires are found in the Umba River Valley in Tanzania.
Madagascar – Madagascar has been leading production of sapphires since the start of the twenty-first century.
Kashmir – Most of the sapphire mining in Kashmir happened over a century ago, but the gemstones found were so appealing they are still sought after.
Sri Lanka – A great deal of sapphire mining is still done by hand in Sri Lanka.
China – Many colors of sapphires are found in China including very dark blue.
Myanmar – Myanmar is famous for its deep red rubies but also mined in Mogok are royal blue sapphires.
Thailand – A great many sapphires and rubies are cut in Thailand.
Cambodia – Sapphires are mined in both pits and rivers near the Pailin area of Cambodia.
Vietnam – Though production has been irregular, Vietnam is well known for their beautiful sapphires and rubies.
Australia – Very dark blue and yellow are the most popular sapphire hues found in Australia.
If you are the fortunate enough to have a special event, such as a birthday or anniversary, coupled to the month of September, let us at Knox Jewelers help you create a custom one-of-a-kind piece featuring a legendary sapphire. Blue sapphires throughout history have symbolized royalty and faithfulness. Nobility have often chosen royal blue sapphire to embellish their wardrobes. Recent discoveries of the gemstone in fancy colors has brought about new options for the couple wishing for a center stone with a unique color but still carrying the romance and history of a sapphire. Sapphires are now available in a rainbow of colors including green, yellow, pink, purple and colorless. Any one of our custom designs can be altered to hold this chromatic birthstone. The possibility are endless with a durable gemstone naturally mined in so many hues. A Knox Jewelers custom created piece, featuring a beautiful blue or fancy colored sapphires is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion falling within the month. Contact us today and let’s get started. We can always search our cutters’ inventory for your perfect gemstone, or we have a selection of incredible sapphires in a variety of sizes and cuts already available!
Though our forte may lie in custom bridal jewelry, don’t think Knox Jewelers has omitted gifts for an equally important annual occurrence, the wedding anniversary. If you would like to create a meaningful one-of-a-kind gift this year, colorful gemstones offer a wealthy avenue of inspiration and symbolism. Using the modern wedding anniversary gemstone list, we can help you find or custom build an amazing piece of jewelry for any anniversary you are celebrating this year!
It has long been a tradition to gift a certain gemstone in commemoration of an anniversary. Though the designated gems may have adjusted through time, due to popularity or availability, the sentiment of giving a rare stone to the one you love has not altered in its endearment. Immortalizing each year together with a token of gemstones is the perfect way to express your adoration and continuing commitment.
In coordination with the most current gemstone anniversary list, noted below are selected gifts for years one through ten. Starting the tradition of gifting gemstones is the perfect way to celebrate every year spent with the love of your life.
First Anniversary: Gold
Gold, the precious metal, is usually recommended as the gift for the first anniversary. Thoughtfully constructed to symbolize the golden glow of your first year together. One of our signature custom created unique bands, like the design featured above, made in yellow or rose gold, would make a beautiful compliment to her wedding set. If you prefer a piece centered with a gemstone, there are several available that offer a golden hue. Yellow sapphire, yellow diamond, citrine or topaz could all make a dazzling alternative.
Second Anniversary: Garnet
Though many associate garnet with a deep red color, the mineral is actually available in a vast array of hues including oranges and greens. This allows you to choose a garnet that most reminds you of your loved one.
Third Anniversary: Pearls
Pearl jewelry is staple in anyone’s gemstone wardrobe. Your third anniversary would be the perfect time to gift a classic pair of pearl studs or a uncommon versatile bracelet like pictured above. Pearls are adaptable to any taste and personality.
Fourth Anniversary: Blue Topaz
The spellbinding color of blue topaz would make a wonderful addition to any custom creation you have in mind. If blue is not your desired shade, like garnet, topaz is available in several other hues.
Fifth Anniversary: Sapphire
Blue sapphire has long been a symbol of faithfulness. What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a declaration of commitment in the guise of a beautiful blue sapphire custom created band. Sapphire is durable and can be featured in any Knox created piece.
Sixth Anniversary: Amethyst
Long been associated with royalty, purple amethyst is the ultimate anniversary gift for the queen or king in your life. Though only available in a limited range of colors, the mineral can be found in large crystals allowing custom piece made with many carat sizes and shapes.
Seventh Anniversary: Onyx
A diversion from the run of precious gemstones, the seventh wedding anniversary boasts a semi-precious stone, onyx. Stylish black onyx compliments and coordinates with any collection of jewelry.
Eight Anniversary: Tourmaline
The mineral tourmaline, the gemstone tied to the eight anniversary, is naturally occurring in any hue. This gives you the freedom to build your perfect custom piece around your favorite color. Tourmaline’s shades are rich and vibrant, lending passion to any gift of jewelry.
Ninth Anniversary: Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli is a aggregate of several minerals include pyrite and calcite. The coming together of several elements to make one beautiful stone is a wonderful representation for a ninth wedding anniversary gift. This semiprecious gemstone has been prized for centuries due to its intense deep blue color.
Tenth Anniversary: Diamond
What better way to celebrate a huge milestone in your married life than with a immensely symbolic gemstone like diamond. Your love is one of a kind and extremely rare, just like a diamond. It is also the hardest mineral on earth, representing your enduring bond. Your tenth anniversary would be the perfect time to add a custom diamond anniversary band to her wedding set or gift her another everyday essential like gorgeous diamond stud earrings.
A ring created at Knox Jewelers is truly a piece of art, tailored to your exact specifications and built from the ground up. Any Knox custom engagement ring can be created around the exact measurements of the gemstone you hand select to feature as its center piece. This ensures that the gemstone you select will fit perfectly into your custom setting, as if they are one. There is no manipulating a ready-made setting, with the risk of an ill fit and potential loosening of your gemstone in the future.
We work diligently to bring together a great variety of diamond and gemstone options in hopes that we can provide the center stone of your dreams. We update our online gemstone list weekly with newly discovered treasures. One center stone choice that is not listed on our available gemstone list, but is still a great option for a beautiful centerpiece, is an alternative lab created gemstone. We have a source providing lab created emerald, ruby, sapphire and alexandrite selections.
Gemstones created in a lab are chemically, physically and optically identical to those mined from the ground. The only thing different from this gem and a genuine gem is that it was created in a lab and not found in the Earth. They have the same chemical composition, appearance, and durability. They may even have a richer color and a higher clarity because they were created with their given gemstone’s optimal characteristics in mind.
Colorful, vibrant gemstones featured in personal jewelry have always created a romantic and one-of-a-kind look. Every color and luster of stone holds its own meaning to the wearer. Unique and saturated colors are to some a badge of wealth or accomplishment. The royal and the famous have always had an appetite for vivid jewels. On a smaller, personal note, a colored stone could represent a birthstone, hold a symbolism or simply be a favorite hue.
Yet some of these gemstones are rarer, harder to get, and quite expensive. That’s why lab-created gemstones are available as alternatives.
The more expensive and hard-to-find natural gems in jewelry, such as sapphire, emerald, and ruby are favorite lab-created stones. They are not gem imitations; lab-created gemstones are the real deal. They are grown in a laboratory, following naturals recipe, and are identical chemically, physically and optically to natural gems.
The mineral composition of lab-created stones is created through a process similar to what nature does beneath the earth over millions of years, but in a lab at a fraction of the time, and for a fraction of the cost of mining. The average person, one not familiar with natural gemstone traits, would find it very difficult to tell the difference between a natural and lab created gemstones. Even for one trained in the gemstone field it usually would take high magnification or other instruments to be completely convince of a natural identification.
The largest difference between the two options is that a natural gem typically has inclusions from the crystallization process during its creations. Gases and other minerals can become trapped during the molten stage of gemstone creation, and become an inclusion in the stone. Because lab-created stones rely on a steady, controlled process of applying minerals, heat and pressure, they usually have fewer to no inclusions.
If you choose to feature a lab created gemstone in your custom created ring, you will receive a high quality stone with fewer inclusions and a optimal rich color with a significantly lower price tag compared to their natural gemstone counterparts. In some cases, like alexandrite, natural options have become extremely rare. Lab created options may be the only way some admirers will ever be able to own a unique color-changing alexandrite. Lab created options allow us the opportunity to set a beautiful center stone into your ring without waiting for mother nature to create the perfect crystal.
Contact Knox Jewelers today to learn more about featuring a lab created alternative as the center stone in your one-of-a-kind custom engagement ring. We will be able to provide you with the current availability of sapphire, ruby, alexandrite and emerald options. A lab created gemstone is a great way to feature a vibrant and clear center in your ring for a fraction of the cost. We would be happy to assist you in building your heirloom quality piece around the center stone of your choosing.