Friday, 22 February 2008

Remember... this year the Girls can propose to the BOYS!

29th February is the traditional time that women can propose to their men. Even in these enlightened days it is still quite rare for a woman to propose marriage. When the rules of courtship were stricter, women were only allowed to pop the question on the 29th February / leap years.

Baguette and sapphire eternity

Baguette and sapphire eternity, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Eternity Ring design "Binary"

0.08ct baguette cut diamonds with alternate 0.14ct round sapphires channel set in 18ct yellow gold. This is a 3/4 eternity ring but can be 1/2 or full.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Diamond Star

Diamond Star, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Simplicity is best!

1.50cm across 18ct white gold star pendant with pave set diamonds on 18ct gold chain.

Thursday, 14 February 2008


Princess Escher (white), originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Named after the surreal mathematical artist who created three dimensional illusions in print.

1.04ct princess cut diamond set on the horizontal axis with matching double pairs of 2.50mm princess cuts. Set in platinum.

A very tricky design to get right as it might have come out looking really bad. The whole setting has to curve to fit the finger nicely and the supposedly sharp corners need to be smooth and flowing in reality. Photographed for

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Alexandrite pendant

Alexandrite pendant, originally uploaded by rmrayner.
Alexandrite is an ultra rare and expensive stone, but I was presented with only one trilliant cut stone so was at a loss what to design it into... a pendant or brooch seemed the only likely choices. Photographed for our website and portfolio.

Named after The Czar Alexander II. Chromium makes it appear as two colours. Natural or fluorescent light makes it green & tungsten makes it red.