Engagement Story: Sarah and Chris

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Sarah proposed to Chris with a pair of classic, simple white gold wedding bands, and they were married shortly thereafter. Even though they had already exchanged wedding bands, Chris still wanted to create a special custom engagement ring for his wife. He had several heirloom family diamonds and a brilliant green garnet that he envisioned clustered together in an asymmetrical, organic, delicate engagement ring.

Customer green garnet and diamonds for an heirloom redesign

Chris sent me photographs of his gemstones so I could start sketching ideas. After he dropped off the stones at my shop, I measured them and created several CAD options for him to review. He had a lot of small diamonds, and I added some of those into the shanks of the rings.

Sarah and Chris weren't sure which metal they preferred, so I rendered their rings in both yellow gold and white gold. It really helps to get a clearer idea of what the final product will look like when you can see it in the CAD rendering. They opted to go with yellow gold, which I love because it compliments colored stones so well.

After a little consideration, Chris chose the more delicate cluster design. We also decided to reduce the number of pave diamonds in the shank in order to keep the focus on the center gemstones.

I 3D printed a wax to show Chris, and once that was approved, we moved into the final steps of the process: casting, polishing, and setting the stones.

Christine Alaniz Designs 3D printed wax of a custom engagement ring

I was really happy with the final product, and I think Chris and Sarah were too! After taking the ring home, Chris followed up to say "Thanks so much for this! It was absolutely a pleasure working with you as well! We love the ring. It's fantastic!"

Christine Alaniz Designs green garnet and diamond cluster engagement ring

Chris and Sarah's wedding
Are you interested in a one-of-a-kind engagement ring? Send me a message through my Contact Page, or fill out my Custom Design Form.

Want to see what Chris is creating? Check out his website: http://chrislawrenceprojects.com/index.html


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