We recently worked on some really beautiful bespoke engagement rings and meaningful custom jewellery projects. Have a gander and click on the links for a more in depth story on how each came to be.
Winter Wedding Wonderland
How lucky was this couple to have such a beautiful backdrop for their wedding day? Snow covering the ground but melted from the trees leaving them green... so pristine and idyllic. Kevin and Alexandra are so sweet to share with me pics of their big day. My role as jeweller is just one step of many and I love it when couples I work with touch base and I get to see how it all came together. And it's always great seeing my rings in action. Wedding photographers often feature them in such creative and pretty ways and local wedding photographer, Kendra Vandervelde, is no exception. She did a wonderful job... all of the photos are so lovely and the winter backdrop divine. Kudos to Alexandra and her bridesmaids for braving the cold sans sleeves but the photos are certainly worth it. Here are just a few. For more visit http://www.kendraruthphotography.com/
Nothing like beautiful details to make an engagement ring truly special. This beauty features a diamond halo and shank but the pretty doesn't stop there. Design details make this engagement ring gorgeous from all angles.
We now have the Forever One Moissanite in store for you to see. Forever One was recently released by Charles and Colvard as a whiter alternative to their Forever Brilliant Mossanite. On the diamond colour grading scale it comes in at the D-E-F range of whiteness. If you've been considering and researching diamond alternatives for your engagement ring then you've probably come across Moissanite. If you'd like to see it in real life and compare the Forever Brilliant to the new Forever One Moissanite we'd be happy to show them to you! Zoran Designs is your Toronto area moissanite engagement rings jeweller.
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Showcasing another recent custom project. This bespoke engagement ring features a beautiful princess cut centre and Ceylon blue sapphires along the shank. The splash of blue is perfectly fitting for this sculptural, wavy design. Designed for a girl that loves blue; so why not add blue sapphires to a ring she'll look at every day? Custom design let's you incorporate those personal touches and make a piece truly special and unique.
Recently completed this stunning custom made engagement ring for a fabulous couple. See it sparkle!
After many years of wear and tear, Louanne's engagement ring had seen better days. After finally losing one of her diamonds she came to see me about a replacement. However, what she REALLY wanted was an upgrade. Her original diamonds are now "accent" diamonds. We also completely restored her original diamond wedding band to "brand new" status. Here she is rockin' her new rock.
I’ve had a lot more requests for engagement rings with diamond alternatives lately. Whether driven by reasons of cost, ethics or environmental concerns, one thing is for certain; moissanite seems to be the front runner alternative.
Moissanite has actually been around for a while. Charles and Colvard began growing it in their labs in 1998 . So for those of you who haven’t even heard of moissanite; what is it exactly?
Straight from Charles and Colvard:
“First uncovered in a meteorite and impossibly rare on earth, Charles & Colvard® patented the innovative high-tech process that creates this brilliant jewel from silicon carbide,the world’s second-hardest substance. More durable than sapphire, ruby or emerald; moissanite’s beauty will last for generations.”
Silicon carbide probably doesn’t mean much to you unless you’re a chemist but the gist of it is that 1) moissanite is not a substance that can be sourced from nature and 2) it is very hard, second only to diamond.
Durability (alongside some clever advertising) is of course part of the reason diamonds became the go-to gem for engagement rings. Who isn’t familiar with the slogan “A Diamond Is Forever”? So despite coming up as a worthy adversary in that regard, where moissanite fell short (up until recently) was colour. Incredible fire and brilliance aside, moissanite always came out slightly tinted with a yellowish to greenish undertone. But a recent change to their lab process has done away with this problem. ‘Forever Brilliant’ moissanite is significantly whiter and judging from the increase in interest, people seem to like the change.
At a fraction of the cost of an equivalent sized diamond, the price benefit of moissanite really comes into play for larger sized stones. Substituting moissanite for a diamond results in thousands of dollars in savings. So for those who dream of a 1 carat, 2 carat or bigger (hey why not?) diamond but simply can’t afford (or can afford but can’t justify) the expense, they can certainly achieve their desired look much more reasonably and without sacrificing quality and longevity.
What’s your take on diamonds and diamond alternatives? Would you consider a substitute such as moissanite? Why or why not? Sound off below; I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.