Friday, 11 December 2009

Diamond engagement ring

Diamond engagement ring, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

A little careworn this one....back for a service, this ring was made about eight years ago.

1.30ct brilliant cut diamond with baguette barrels with little brilliants in the ends... a complicated ring that I needed to re-photograph as the original snap was when I was learning how to do this!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Diamond and baguette sapphire engagement ring

Off to Paris this weekend for a date with it's future owner.... another bespoke ring.

Brilliant cut 0.95ct VS1 clarity H colour diamond with baguette cut sapphire side stones set in platinum. Good luck Mr X!

Emerald cut emerald engagement ring

Emeralds always have flaws in them (the ones without are fakes) I have enhanced this so you can see everything. 2.62ct (9x7mm) emerald cut emerald with a total of 0.61cts baguette cut diamonds. Set in 18ct white gold with a 3mm band.

Bespoke emerald cut emerald engagement ring with step-down diamond baguettes for a Rumour client's secret engagement this weekend.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Pearl & Diamond engagement ring

Pearl & Diamond engagement ring, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Another variation on this very nice pearl and diamond theme. Natural pearl set in 18ct white gold with diamond cluster of 12 0.07ct brilliant cut diamonds.

We manged to make this one in only 5 days! Cliented wanted it for Friday... commisssioned it on Monday. No problem!

"Criss-Cross " diamond enagagement ring

Brilliant cut diamond engagement ring with cross-over setting design.
This could come out looking gimmiky.... but I am quite pleased with the result here, nice flowing metal.

0.78ct Brilliant Cut F VS diamond.

Photographed for the website and portfolio

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Santa Maria (top-down)

Santa Maria top-down, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Top-down view of this fantastic cushion cut aquamarine engagement ring.
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9.8ct Cushion cut aquamarine with 1.60ct brilliant cut pave set diamonds.

Perfect jewellery in this 18ct white gold engagement ring using a wonderful 14 x 12mm aquamarine and G/ VS diamonds

Princess Full Eternity Ring

Princess Full Eternity Ring, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

I love these princess cut eternity rings.... they always look perfect within the channel setting. A continuous band of G VS quality diamonds.

Photographed for our portfolio and made in just three or four days as the client needed it badly!

Friday, 17 July 2009

Cushion cut aquamarine engagement ring

9.8ct Cushion cut aquamarine with 1.60ct brilliant cut pave set diamonds.

Perfect jewellery in this 18ct white gold engagement ring using a wonderful 14 x 12mm aquamarine and G/ VS diamonds.

Photographed for the website and portfolio.

A very serious but still fun ring!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Peridot and Citrine Cocktail Ring

Another variation on our perennial Cocktail Collection rings...the one where you decide what the mix of colours in your cocktail is going to be.

Oval Citrine and two peridots claw set in 18ct white gold. Initially the ring was set with a Madera Citrine (much darker) but we didn't really like it as the colours were all combined to be a little muddy... so we swapped it for a golden citrine which goes much better with the uprated peridots.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Single step-down diamond ring

Single step-down diamond ring, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Art Deco style emerald cut diamond with step-down baguette diamonds engagement ring is set in platinum.

Central emerald cut diamond 0.84ct H colour, VS1 Clarity. Side baguette diamonds 0.12ct each.

A very standard ring for us to make... but popular for a reason... everyone likes these! This is on the smaller end of the scale of what we usually make... but it still works well.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Tanzanite & Diamond Engagement Ring

Oval Tanzanite set with diamond cluster engagement ring recently finished for a Rumour Jewellery customer and photographed for the Rumour portfolio and website.

Simple conservative design with the twist of the modern Tanzanite. As you might know these stones are only found in Tanzania and will one day have run out!

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Diamond oval engagement ring with pear shoulders

"Oval and Pear" 0.42ct Oval Diamond with 0.40ct pear shaped diamond shoulders.

Traditional elegance in this simple 18ct gold engagement ring that although not the most exciting ring, it does suit many buyers.

Photo for the Rumour portfolio and website.

A tough one to photograph, but I like how it has turned out.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Cushion Cut Ceylon Sapphire Engagement Ring

One of the all time most popular styles we make at Rumour. Four claw set cushion cut sapphire with a pair of 0.50ct brilliant cut diamond side stones in matching settings. Set in platinum.

Similar to one of our other cushion cut sapphire designs, but, as ever, subtely different. This ring just came back for a tune-up and clean. My photography has got a lot better since we made it a few years ago so a good opportunity to re-take it.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Sapphire-diamond pave Eternity Ring

The perfect eternity ring pave set diamonds and sapphires set in platinum. For a Rumour Jewellery client.

Curved wedding diamond ring set

Curved wedding diamond ring set, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Specially made curved diamond set wedding band in 18ct yellow gold designed by Rumour to fit around the client's oval sapphire engagement ring.

This came back from our workshop a little too thick... so I had to send it back for a little alteration as it has to be perfect!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

SpRING is Sprung! A guide to getting engaged.

After the long winter of gloomy weather and gloomier economic downturn a step-change is detectable in the air. It's nearly Easter, the weather is warming up so it must be 'Engagement Season' when a young man's fancy turns to... settling down! This year, more than any other, everyone needs a reason to celebrate and one of the best celebrations around is a wedding day.

Here's a short guide to Stage 1.

The first thing to get right is to very carefully choose the correct arrangements for popping the question . Too many people don't plan it out properly and end up "bottling it" (British) or "choking" (North American). If you've planned it all out in advance with your engagement ring, venue and proposal less can go wrong. This is an occasion to be enjoyed not feared!

Bespoke Engagement Rings | Photo 02
Bespoke jewellery allows the proposer to find exactly the right design. It's important to get the right advice when choosing the design. If in doubt ask an expert, and enlist the help of a friend if required. Remember that the ring is going to be worn forever so it needs to be practical and of a timeless design. Spend what you are comfortable with.... and then a bit more so you are really happy with it! Why have a Vauxhall if you really wanted a Mercedes?

The next stage is to smuggle the engagement ring to your preferred location. If this means travelling abroad (Lake Como is popular this time of year) remember to put the ring and box into your hand luggage and not your pocket; when you invariably get searched your plans will be in ruins.

Now make that proposal at the specific moment you have decided on. If you need another person to set things up for you make sure that you keep it simple for them. Especially if you don't speak the same language.

Finally do not come back home with the ring still in the box. Failure is not an option... you've spent too much money and everyone needs a party to go to!

Monday, 16 March 2009

Diamond Engagement Ring "Victoriana"

0.71ct D coloured VS1 (excellent cut) brilliant cut diamond ring in a Victorian style carved platinum setting designed for a client at Rumour Jewellery and photographed for the website.

A very traditional ring, the type we don't have much demand for (everyone wants something different at the moment!)... but we do love to make them when we are asked to!

Friday, 13 March 2009

"Atlantic" Emerald Cut Ruby Engagement Ring

Emerald cut ruby ring with step-down diamond baguette shoulders on a brilliant cut diamond set shank. Set in platinum and 18ct yellow gold..

Art Deco design lives on in this engagement ring created by and photographed for Rumour Jewellery

"Aqua Trillian" Engagement Ring

"Aqua Trillian" Engagement Ring, originally uploaded by rmrayner.

Brilliant cut 0.90ct diamond in a four claw setting with aquamarine trillian shoulders. Set in platinum. You can see our secret diamond on the inside of the ring shank here. (all our rings have them in fact)

A discreet and simple engagement ring. The brilliant cut 0.90ct diamond is complimented by the pretty aquamarine trillian shoulders. Photographed for

Monday, 9 March 2009

Emerald cut sapphire engagement ring

2.55ct emerald cut blue sapphire set in 18ct white gold. The step-down baguette diamonds are 0.16cts each.

Not the best sapphire but it's a lovely ring and a great bargain because the stone is less than perfect.

Photographed for the website portfolio.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Mary struts our stuff!

One of my rare attempts at a jewellery-model shot. This was at Rumour's Catwalk, Moonwalk, Can't Walk show in 2006

Sapphire, diamond and pearl earrings

Brilliant sapphire and diamond drumtop earrings with detachable pearl drops.
Set in white 18ct gold.

One of our old classics... came back in for a clean.. always nice to see the old work once in a while. Photographed for the Rumour portfolio.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Aquamarine-fleur-de-lis engagement ring

Occasionally I try photograph enagagement rings a little differently... this one isn't good enough for the Rumour website, but it is quite fun.

Oval aquamarine with fleur-de-lis brilliant cut diamond shoulders trefoil set in platinum. For the portfolio

Monday, 26 January 2009

The diamond tennis bracelet.

We have made few of these bespoke diamond tennis bracelet. They remain perenially popular. This example has 61 brilliant cut VS, G coloured diamonds claw set in 18ct white gold. 0.05cts per stone and 3cts in total.

This elegant piece of jewellery is reputed to be named after an incident in 1987 when tennis star Chris Evert lost her diamond line bracelet during the U.S. Open. The game was halted as she searched the court for the missing bracelet. Rumour's tennis bracelets have safety clasps!