Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Customization Part III: Crown Height and Tray

Very often, a rings' crown is neglected! 

"It's just a small part, won't be noticed!"

That's where you're mistaken!

In this post, I will be showing you the importance of the crown, its height and the tray designs.

Have you ever come across a friend, colleague or just a random individual with an engagement ring taller than what you're used to seeing? It typically comes with intricate curvatures on the sides, some nicer than others.

Have you ever wondered why this is the case? "Is this for added beauty or maybe it's just to hold the diamond higher?"

Here are a few reasons why some ladies prefer a higher ring setting

1) In many cases, higher settings are more easily matched with wedding bands. The height of a setting allows another band to sit-in nicely, thus, making it a popular option for ladies planning to stack their engagement ring and wedding band together.



2) Just like a celebrity wanting the limelight to themselves, they usually try to stand-out. More relevant to women than men, women tend to wear heels for this very reason! The same goes for a diamond on a higher setting, it elevates and this makes it appear slightly bigger and more pronounced!

3) Some ladies prefer to add more details and in order to so, would require more space. One way  to achieve this is to set the diamond higher, leaving enough gap for more artsy designs. I will leave the artistic part for later, so as to discuss it in further detail.

So the question is, would you be wearing it on a daily basis? 

If so, are you comfortable with a protruding diamond? Although all diamonds protrude slightly, a higher than average setting would be more prone to knocks when you go about your daily stuff. This may be one point to note, when considering a higher setting.



Photo credits to, instagram user liina_lu
Once you've decided between the higher or lower setting, you may then opt for additional designs to the prongs. Bear in mind that higher settings tend to give more room to accommodate more intricate designs.

Artistic Trays

One of the ways you can make your high or even low setting look nicer is by adding artistic trays. A tray is basically a bar that holds two prongs together, aside for added aesthetics, it also provides more security, to ensure the diamond doesn't fall off, should the prongs loosen over time. 




Below are some samples of trays you may refer to.
Do note that, you may also customize the color, be it white, rose gold or yellow gold.
And you do not have to worry about the color being reflected to your diamond because all our Signature cut diamonds always reflect light back, causing light leakage to be very minimal! 

Classic Tray (Bar)



V or Inverted V Tray



Heart Tray (Solid, Hollow or Filled)

Shaped trays like this may be solid, hollow or filled with diamond or other gemstones. However, certain gems have limitations to the size they can be cut to. As such, bigger trays may be required for certain gemstones.



 Round Tray

                                  


Initial Tray



Filigree-like Tray

Filigree is gold formed into delicate tracery or branching patterns. It may form into different shapes like this.



Petal Crown Head



Aside from these samples, there are many more to consider from!. Go ahead and think out of the box and we'll definitely help you bring it to life! With the advancements in 3D modeling and crafting,  the sky is the limit when it comes to designs!

If you require professional advice, do drop by and we will be happy to help you out!

- Joy Barcelona

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Customization Part II: Prong Tips

As promised in my previous blog, I will try my best to discuss in full detail all the possible customization ideas that can be done, from the very minor detail up to the dramatic ones. In this article, I will focus on the shape of the prong tips.

Prong is the little metal claw that grips the diamond tightly to hold it securely in its place. It is the long metal part of the crown. However, in most cases its tips are never noticed and dealt with.



As it is a very minute part of the diamond ring, you'll be amazed to know that you can still customize
it! Here's a few samples of Different Styles of the Prong Tip.

1) Sharp Prong tips

It is one of the most widely used prong shape that looks very sleek and elegant. It blends into the diamond that compliments its shape nicely.

2) Round Prong Tips

One of the advantages of going for round prong tip is it covers so little of the surface of the diamond that it's barely noticeable. Despite its minimal hold on the diamond itself, this prong shape still provides a very strong clasp to the diamond making it one of the most popular choice of guys choosing their diamond prong setting.

3) Heart Shape Prong Tips

If you want your setting to have a bit of more thought, you may settle to go with heart shape prongs. Aside from its lovely meaning, it will add in to the over-all aesthetic of the diamond ring. However, I would be only recommending this shape for settings which consist of 4 prongs, cause one drawback of going for this shape is it will be quite bulkier as compared to the others.  Using heart shape tips for 6 prong settings, might make it look a bit too crowded.

4) Double Claw

This type of claw gives the illusion that the prongs are slimmer but in fact it's just similar thickness as the sharp prong, just that every prong is composed of 2 slender claws that extends to the diamond in a similar way that sharp prong does. Another variation of this is to do it in double but rounded prong tips.

5) L Shape Prong Tips

For diamonds with different shape such as princess cuts, a more secured prong tip is advised. L shape prong will provide a better grip on the diamonds tips making it both secured from dropping and safe from chipping.

6) Customized Prong Tips

Supposing that you are very creative and you got your own idea of how you want the prong to look like, you may also customize it as you wish. We do provide customization services that will enable you to mix-and-match the diamond, design and prong tips as how you envisioned it to be. It may be a cushion shape prongs, rectangular prongs and so on.

Ultimately, we always go back to the key function of it. Irregardless of its shape, we make sure that it serves its purpose of keeping your diamond safe while you wear it daily.


Written by: Joy Barcelona


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Customization Part I: How many prongs on a ring?

A diamond ring is a little sparkly thing that adorns a lady’s hand, mostly to signify that soon she’ll be one with her better half. Despite its modest size, it contains many little details that are carefully designed to symbolize your love and marriage.

In my next few blogs, I will discuss in detail all the possible customization ideas that can be done, from the very minor detail up to the dramatic ones. If you have more suggestions to add, please feel free to leave your comments below. Who knows, it might help some readers to complete their own dream proposal ring :)

Let’s start from the top – The Crown!

If you ever wonder what difference does the number of prongs make, this would be a perfect read up for you!

  • Half bezel (that looks like 2 Prongs)

    With its thick metal on either side of the diamond, it will help protect and secure the stone while still being able to see some parts of it.

    The side profile allows you to see more of the diamond, giving it a clean and ''prongless''' look. It keeps the top view simple, without any prongs or tips covering the diamond.




  • 3 ProngsThis is generally offered for fancy shape diamonds such as pear or heart. It's rarely used for round or square shaped diamonds due to safety reasons. 







  • 4 Prongs

    It can be set either 4 corners or NSEW orientation. While both would show more of the diamond while viewed from the side, they differ in the look when they are face-up. 4 cornered orientations give a more square-ish feel to the diamond while NSEW can help to make the diamond look rounder.

    The over-all impression you want to achieve will boil down to your preference on whether you want a more squareish or roundish feel.


4 Prongs setting is also the recommended number of prong to showcase a Cushion Brellia and the Octagon D’Amor.




  • 5 Prongs

    It is not as popular as the others due to it being unsymmetrical with the band, where 3 of the prongs will be on one side and 2 would be on the other. But some ladies prefer it due to its distinctiveness and rarity. Also, some find that it represents a hand (5 fingers) holding onto the diamond or it gives a star shape.




  •  6 Prongs

    This is one of the top picks of guys who want to keep their proposal ring simple and classic. Although 6 prongs will hide more of the diamond from the side profile, it will give the diamond a more rounded effect when viewed from top.


Although some would prefer to go over 6 prongs, I would recommend otherwise maintaining the limelight on the diamond and not the prongs.
If you're not a fan of the protruding prongs, don't worry, you can still go without the prongs. 😱
Relax! Your diamond will still be secured.

You may also check out this video below, where my colleague Casey did a video of 4 prongs Versus 6 prongs.



  • Full bezel

    This setting would completely surround the diamond to hold it in place; it gives very good protection to the girdle of the diamond. However, it may conceal significant parts of the diamond from the side profile view.


Aside from the beauty that the Crown offers, its also meant to keep the diamond secured. No matter how many prongs or what type of bezel you go for, rest assured, we've got you covered!

Watch out for my next blog post, where I will discuss about the different type or prong tips you can customise!

Cheers!

-Joy Barcelona

Friday, 10 February 2017

Joanne & Colin’s Engagement in the Land of Smiles

“Looking back, it couldn't have worked out better for us - experiences in life, and the maturity with age helped establish a relationship with a strong foundation of trust and respect.” –Colin Chow

Joanne and Colin have known each other for years. The first time they met was as colleagues more than 10 years back. Somehow, Joanne had already caught Colin’s eye back then but they didn't hit it off. Life went on, and they went separate ways. Both have moved on at work and in life, until about 3 years ago where they met again and started developing a renewed friendship.

After a year of serious relationship, Colin felt that it’s about time to bring their relationship to the next level.

Colin’s Proposal Ring Journey


Compared to other guys who do their research subtly, Colin started his, by getting some ideas on what Joanne's preferences are by visiting jewelers with her to do some "window shopping".  They went to almost all high-street and non-name brand jewelers and established that she liked a halo setting in rose gold. As it turns out, Colin actually had stronger preferences of what the engagement ring should look like that gave to the following requirements:

(1) Colin wanted the design to be based off the Claddagh ring. This is because they shared some special memories in Ireland, and the symbolism of the claddagh that they both have is deeply meaningful to Colin- "love, loyalty and friendship"

(2) It’s their preference not to get a diamond of too high carat so that she could wear the ring daily comfortably.

(3) They wanted to incorporate elements that would give it a more classic look such as filigree and milgrain

(4) and many other requirements. 😏


Why JannPaul?


“The main reason why I chose JP is because of the quality of the staff and how JP catered to my needs. Other jewellers were more interested to sell me what they had than to understand what I required in an engagement ring. When I visited JP without an appointment, they gave me a primer on diamond buying and showed genuine interest in what I was hoping to acquire. With further knowledge gained on the subject matter, and further shopping elsewhere, I decided to proceed with who I thought could best meet my interests - hence, JP. Oh, and also because I fell in love with the cushion Brellia. :)” -Colin



Customization Begins..


After choosing the Cushion Brellia that Colin really likes, the next part of the process is even more strenuous.

How would you incorporate a claddagh and a filigree and milgrain in a single ring?   
 ....while keeping it classic??? 



While everything seems perfect when we imagine it, some designs don’t just compliment all types of ring. And there are some designs that can accentuate the main diamond more. That is when 3D rendering comes in handy!

After a few rounds of designs….


Finally, Colin found the best one that suits his and her girlfriend’s preference.


Instead of incorporating an actual hand on the design, it was replaced with filigree that engulfs the heart, symbolizing the same thing while keeping the engagement ring’s beauty and elegance.





Preparations for the proposal


Despite their very hectic schedule at work, they manage to allot a certain time that they took a break from it all. 



25th of November, under the stars in a private pool in Kamala Beach Thailand, he professed his love. In spite of the short preparation, it was perfect - she was thoroughly surprised happy, and of course, she loved the ring!

Congratulations Joanne & Colin!!

- Written by Joy Barcelona

Sunday, 29 January 2017

How to Secretly Measure your Partner's Ring Size

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Here's a video dedicated to all of you guys, who needs some advise on
how to get your girlfriend's ring size secretly.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas on how to go about getting the size,
please feel free to comment on the section below.

We'll be glad to share them with our clients to come!


Before you get down on one knee,

You need to make sure that the ring will fit your wife-to-be..   👰



-Joy Barcelona