If you are thinking about embarking on a custom design, but are unsure where to start, this is a great starting point. Selecting your gemstones is a huge part of the design process and sometimes, you don't know what you want until you see it. Below are some examples of a few of the gemstones Fran has in stock and some possible design options for inspiration. If you see a particular stone or arrangement here that you like, get in touch!
This arrangement of stunning blue sapphires is available for a custom design. The central stone is a star sapphire cabochon which weighs approximately 5.15ct. I do currently have a slightly smaller star sapphire of the same colour and shape. You could replace any of these with stones of your choice and set it in either 18ct gold or sterling silver. My suggestion for this would be 18ct white gold to bring out the reflection of white light in the sapphires. A ring set like this in 18ct gold would be around the £3000 mark.
Moonstone & Diamond Ring
The fine quality moonstones have proven to be very popular globally, this one weighs 3.96ct. I have a variety of fine quality moonstones, including pear shaped and round, if you were looking for a moonstone slightly different to the one pictured. This arrangement with the three diamonds (0.81ct total diamond weight) would make an amazing engagement ring that is truly unique, or split this design into 2 rings to make the complete bridal set! Again, this could be set in 18ct gold or sterling silver. I personally love rose gold with moonstones as it picks out the subtle pinky hues really well. This ring in 18ct gold would be £3100.
sapphire with diamonds
This sapphire cabochon is absolutely stunning at 3.13ct. With 3 pear shaped diamonds weighing 0.8ct in total. This set would look amazing in white or yellow gold to really make the stones sparkle. In 18ct gold, this set would cost around £3700.
Rose cut, Pear Shaped Emerald
Charming rose cut, pear shaped emerald with a single champagne diamond. The emerald is full of character with its natural imperfections and would look great set in 18ct yellow gold or a mixture of yellow and white. The emerald weighs 3.41ct. For a simple design like this, where the emerald is set 'mimosa style', this design would cost £1890.
Icy White Rose Cut Diamond
This icy white rose cut diamond weighs 1.55ct and will look absolutely stunning when set. I don't have a recommendation for metal for this piece because it will look fantastic in whatever metal you choose! You could set it with other stones or simply on its own as pictured. Get in touch if you'd like to see how this would look with other stones. For a simple and elegant design as shown, price guide would be around £1970 in 18ct.
Ombre purple, pink sapphire set
Sapphire is such a beautiful stone that comes in an array of colours, this arrangement really shows off the variety of tones. The central purple sapphire in this set weighs 1.26ct. There are so many options with regards to design using these stones, these are just a few. Personally, I would set this in 18ct Rose Gold as I think it really compliments the colouring. White gold would also look great with these stones, it all depends on whether you'd like to play to the warmer or cooler hues within the sapphires. This set in 18ct gold would be around £3140.
If you're looking to stay traditional with diamonds in an engagement ring, but remain unique, this is a fantastic option. Often called salt and pepper diamonds, these grey rose cuts have a combined weight of 1.86ct and have a beautiful sparkle to them. This set in 18ct gold would be around £3620. Why not set it in 18ct white gold to enhance the grey, almost vintage, steely tones?