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What is your idea of a unique diamond engagement ring?

We have become trained from years of unrelenting Madison Avenue advertising to think of an engagement ring as a prong set round or square (princess cut) diamond set high in prongs on a ring with or without tiny diamonds in the shank. Today's look also includes a single or double halo of diamonds surrounding the center diamond. And, if this is what the couple wants, there are many places to obtain one.

I must also confess, the initial engagement ring for my wife was a high set 6-prong engagement ring as well, about 1.00ct. diamond, not very different from the thousands of look-a-likes found everywhere. Even though this ring was presented (and accepted) over 40 years ago, the overall look remains about the same today.

But, does it really have to? What have we learned about unique engagement rings since?

The most important thing today in 2014  is that genuine creativity for engagement rings does flourish throughout America so a woman can find, design and wear a truly unique engagement ring that defines her own style and personality, is a show stopper when seen by others and is the envy of her circle of friends and colleagues because her fiance took the time and had the imagination to seriously search for a design that was uncommon and unusual...unique just like his fiancee.

We are privileged to help couples find and create the perfect engagement ring that separates unique from common, becomes an heirloom to be treasured for a lifetime.

Recently, local couple, Meredith and Serge, had the vision to create a unique engagement ring. She is a professional woman and he a professor. What a fabulous couple!

Meredith and Serge

Meredith and Serge

Inspired by the unique rings in our cases, we proceeded to custom make a two-tone-yellow and rose gold-engagement ring with a large triangle diamond. Her snug fit wedding ring in white gold added the third color of gold to her bridal set. How fantastic!

Triangle Diamond Two-tone Engagement Ring

Triangle Diamond Two-tone Engagement Ring

At Rings Unique, we hope the designs and options inspire you to imagine your own perfect engagement ring that defines who you are and what you will be most proud of as you undertake your journey together over a lifetime.

What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

 

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Re-setting an Heirloom Diamond is a Privilege and Honor

We are often asked whether we will set an heirloom or existing diamond in a fresh new design. The answer is a resounding YES. Not only is this a specialty of ours, we consider it a privilege and honor to be asked to do so. This is giving new life to an eternal stone, providing pleasure to a new generation and preserving the memory of the donor. Often these are diamonds from a mother or grandmother. It is so rewarding to help with these very special diamonds, it is truly priceless.

Because we work with independent designers in their own studios, your treasured diamond will be handled only by our trustworthy artists, not by many hands in a large factory. This assures careful attention to your diamond and precise setting in the new design you have chosen.

If your existing diamond is in a setting, we will carefully remove it for the new design. We usually recommend putting an inexpensive alternative stone such as a topaz or sapphire in the donor setting so the ring will still be wearable for you or someone else.

Meet Kathleen, a composer. Kathleen asked us to set Jason's Great Grandmother’s diamond. It was very lovely and in excellent condition for such an old mine cut diamond. She selected the Infinity design in 14k rose gold for her new bridal set.

Kathleen's Bridal Set

Kathleen's Bridal Set

Here is her comment:
Dear Tom,
The rings turned out beautifully!! I am extremely pleased with them! The rose gold really works well with this diamond, and gives it extra fire!
Thank you so very much!! Jason loves the setting, too! Please let your artisan jewelers know how happy I am with their work...absolutely exquisite!!
Thanks, again...
Best,
Kathy

Jason and Kathleen

Jason and Kathleen

Kathleen and Jason, an abstract artist, are such a lovely couple. Now the new bridal set will be enjoyed for decades for decades to come.

Do you have a diamond you want to use? Count on us to perfectly re-set it in a lovely new design that warms your heart and provides a lasting memory of the donor. Then, maybe you can pass it on later as well to someone else with the same romance and heartfelt love you have for it.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Design Your Own Engagement or Wedding Ring

Rings Unique of Austin, TX, is pleased and proud to be part of the Stuller Counter Sketch community of jewelers who offer custom design and creation using a robust CAD-CAM software capability unrivaled anywhere. When we say unique wedding rings, engagement rings, mens wedding bands, we now include "Design Your Own" rings to that pledge.
Following an extensive 3-day training program at Stuller headquarters in Louisiana last Fall, Rings Unique today actively works with customers in our private gallery setting to view hundreds of design options to create custom rings right before their eyes. The more this complex tool is used, the more it amazes, offering the opportunity to design the very unique vision the customer dreams of. This is indeed infinity times infinity [∞ X ∞], all the tools necessary to take ring design and custom creation to a new level. From basic ring designs, we are now able to add details, change colors of gold, change diamonds and gemstones, add side gemstones of any type, provide gemstones in the shank, add melee and halos, raise or lower the profile, just about any detail imaginable.

Counter Sketch Design Monitor

Counter Sketch Design Monitor

This CAD program has been used recently for a lovely couple who wanted a unique vintage art-deco style engagement ring, far away from the common looks you see every where. What a lovely couple, she a University of Texas student and he a recent grad. So, you know the budget was limited but we made the economics work for them. How? First we selected 14k white gold, not platinum; second, we deleted any diamond melee in the design; third, we sourced a high pedigree diamond just below a 1.00 carat where prices are usually much less but the millimeter diameter is nearly the same.

Here is the CAD design followed by the actual ring. The ring material is 14k-1 white gold, a proprietary alloy developed by Stuller. It is very bright white and has a high hardness factor to resist scratching. We have used this white gold before on custom rings, the look is stellar. The center stone is a 0.80ct. high pedigree round brilliant diamond, F-VS1, and the finished ring design detail has been enhanced with antiquing.

CAD Art Deco Design

Finished Art Deco Ring
Finished Art Deco Ring

This does not reduce or eliminate any of the hundreds of custom designs offered by our American artisans, each person an award winning designer jeweler juried into the most prestigious venues in the jewelry industry. But, the CAD-CAM option does offer additional and unbelievable ideas for those who enjoy the latest tools for creating and designing their own ring vision right before their eyes. We are now using Counter Sketch for several more couples who are finalizing their ideas. It will be fun to share these with you.

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Re-Setting a Diamond for a Stunning Unique Ring

There are many occasions where a couple wants to use an heirloom gemstone for unique engagement ring, re-capturing the beauty and elegance from decades ago. At Rings Unique, we believe it is an honor and privilege give new life to a "donor" diamond. Re-setting a diamond or gemstone requires trust and confidence that the original gemstone is handled with the utmost of care and that the new setting will provide a secure balance and integrity for the coming decades.

Platinum setting with tiny purple diamonds

Platinum setting with tiny purple diamonds

Wouldn't you agree that this is a brilliant and magnificent setting for a near 3.00ct. stone? It is low set for an active woman but stylish to get many oohs and aahs.

What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Unique Halo Engagement Ring-From Vision to Reality

Let us take your vision for a unique engagement ring to the ultimate reality, capturing the very idea of a you have in your mind and your heart to make a perfect ring. We want you to smile when you see it for the first time and every moment thereafter.
With all the wonderful juried designer jewelers in our network and now with the addition of Counter Sketch, a Stuller, Inc. extremely robust CAD-CAM design program, we have additional capability to offer an abundance of special customer focused design services for all ring shoppers, in store on online.

Recently, we helped a young woman who actually came in to search for a unique band for her fiance. After discussing this, she also confided that she was having trouble finding the perfect ring for herself. The other prominent jewelry store in town she visited several times could not get it right.

CAD design with halo

CAD design with halo

Finished CAD ring in 14k white gold, halo with 18 diamonds, center 0.75ct.

Finished ring in 14k white gold, halo with 17 diamonds, center 0.75ct.

So, with the help of the CAM team at Stuller, we custom designed her dream ring, a single halo design with 17 diamonds on a plain arched band, then set it with an impeccable 3/4 carat diamond. Her vision became a beautiful reality.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique.

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Unique Engagement Ring, Keeping it Simple

Not all unique engagement rings for women need to be surrounded by diamonds or have diamonds on the shank, or have any modifications whatsoever.
Sometimes, less is more, just show off the center diamond in a plain white gold bezel on a band.
This was the case recently when we set a beautiful 1.00ct. diamond in a white gold ring....simple, organic, timeless and perfect.

1,00ct. diamond set in 14k white gold-Simplicity

1,00ct. diamond set in 14k white gold-Simplicity


This lovely engagement ring will be paired later with a Meteorite wedding ring for a woman, also lined in white gold. The fiance will also have a Meteorite wedding ring. Hence, matching meteorite rings for the couple.
Here, we have the best of both worlds, the riches of the earth--gold and diamonds--combined with cosmic treasures from the heavens.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it Rings Unique

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Wedding Rings for Men--Classic Styles but Unique Details add Character

With so much emphasis on seriously unique wedding rings for men on this website, it is also helpful to offer variations on classic wedding ring styles. The majority of men still just want a flat or rounded wedding band, 5mm to 8mm wide, comfort fit of course, not too flashy but certainly professional.
Well good news, we do offer Classic Designs in platinum or any color of gold...simple, traditional, customary, historic and universal.
There are ways to enhance this classic look with different finishes such as hammering, satining, texturing and a few other techniques.

Unique textures on a classic wedding ring for a man

Unique textures on a classic wedding ring for a man

Beware, however, not all of the enhanced finishes last. My own original wedding ring purchased over 40 years ago, a simple 6mm rounded band in white gold, had a satin finish initially which lasted for about 6 months. Then because of daily wear, the satin finish wore off. So, I had it re-satined. That too did not last. By then I had learned that what is satined will inevitably become polished with wear and tear.
But, this is no problem, it is your life on your ring. Wedding rings with the character of a life lived are always the best, no worries about keeping it pristine.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with www.RingsUnique.com

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Uniquely Crafted Wedding Ring-Strictly Organic-Learn about Wabi Sabi

We usually think of engagement and wedding rings as highly polished gold or platinum and faceted gemstones and diamonds. Everything is shiny and detailed to perfection.
However, the world we live in is not all shiny, polished and perfect. In everyday life, things are not glittery or smooth, but rich with textures, colors and shapes that actually reveal the imperfections that surround us. But, we accept these imperfections as life lived and enjoyed to the fullest.
The understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of life "as intended" can also be called wabi-sabi, a Japanese term that celebrates the imperfection and variegation of nature and life as lived daily.
What if a unique wedding could capture this expression? It would not be smooth, polished, faceted and geometric. It would be natural and random, somewhat like the leaves on a pathway or the tumbled pebbles along a shoreline.

Wabi Sabi ring, 8mm wide.

Wabi Sabi ring, 8mm wide.

This ring is actually called Wabi-Sabi, a reflection of the perfection in imperfection. No two are alike, each application of gold and sterling silver is a somewhat random effort to achieve variegation along with harmony and wholeness. Doesn't this ring remind you of leaves on a path, the look of trees in full color on a New Hampshire mountainside, the washed pebbles along a shoreline? This mastery of technique, form and concept is once again the superior work of George Sawyer, the most inventive designer jeweler in America. It is a privilege to represent his work.
Step back and enjoy the imperfections in your own unique life. Here is an easy to read and fun tutorial of the term Wabi-Sabi by Kate Cartwright. Another worldwide view is presented in this blog by Steve McCurry.
What is your unique? Find it. Design it. Create it with Rings Unique

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Using Computer Aided Design to Create a Custom Engagement Ring

Unique engagement rings for a woman become even more personal when they are designed exactly as the fiancee wishes.
Recently, we had the privilege of assisting a local couple view and design an engagement ring on our new Stuller Counter Sketch program then see it become real with the process of casting, setting the center stone and finishing all the details.
What an experience!
There are two photos, first the CAD design followed by the engagement ring in real life.

CAD Art Deco Design

CAD Art Deco Design

Finished Art Deco Ring

Finished Art Deco Ring


With this new capability, it is exciting and fun to offer many ideas to find, design and create your own unique.

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Mirror Image Wedding Rings-Mokume Gane by the Master

Unique wedding rings for a couple are magical when they match. They become eternal when they are identical, Mirror Images of each other, cut from the same billet of Mokume Gane. It is always such a privilege to work with couples who desire this very special look because they understand the complexities of making rings in this fashion as well as the art form that results. It is also a privilege to work with the master, George Sawyer, and his remarkable studio in Minneapolis. If you have never seen how these rings are made, take a look at this animation Just click on "View Mokume Process" and follow along.

Mokume Gane Mirror Image Rings

Mokume Gane Mirror Image Rings

Mirror Image rings can be made in any of 11 mixes of metal offered. Each mix has unique characteristics based on the colors and purities of gold used, 14k or 18k, and the addition of etched sterling silver or copper. The colors in the "C" mix shown above include 14k red, yellow and gray gold as well as sterling silver.

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