Olivia Wilde rocking a green emerald halo diamond ring.
Most heartfelt congratulations to T & C on their engagement and for getting one of the most remarkable rings we have ever seen. T became a Little Bird client because he was inspired by Olivia Wilde’s engagement ring. He wanted something just like it, but with purple sapphires; because that is C's favorite color. Purple sapphire is somewhat rare, and it is even more rare to find in the shape we would need to make a solid halo of color around the center stone. The stones would have to be recut… by hand. He had tried a number of jewelers, to no avail. None of them were willing to take on the scope or difficulty of this project - at least not for a price that was anywhere close to his budget. Luckily, Little Bird has an extensive network of jewelers, designers and industry insiders. We hooked him up with Emily of Emily Chelsea Jewelry. Emily has a talent for making anything you can dream of, and even luckier, she was able to manage having the sapphires custom cut by a local a stone cutter. That just doesn't happen everyday, folks! The ethical origin sapphires Emily chose were untreated Yogo sapphires, which means they came from Montana in the US.
Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde’s engagement ring features an antique diamond that is somewhere around 4 carats. We liked the size of the diamond, and the proportions between the center diamond, the purple sapphire halo, the bezel setting, and the band. In order to get the same proportions we opted for a rose cut diamond from our friends at Perpetuum for the center stone. This design choice also helped us keep the finished ring low profile and wearable. As a final touch Emily gave the 18k yellow gold setting a soft, matte finish which is elegant, feminine, and enhances the antique style. She also took photos of the ring during production so we get to watch as the ring comes together.
“I absolutely love how the whole ring came together but some of the almost "behind the scenes" elements are my favorite. The pitched/angled halo and the little spacers between the sapphires. Those two elements really enhance the piece and tie it all together and the five spacers was a bit of a last minute decision- I'm so glad we chose five instead of an even number like four or six - it made the look a little more natural because of the asymmetry.” Emily, Emily Chelsea Jewelry
Have you ever dreamed of recreating a gorgeous celebrity engagement ring? Little Bird would be happy to help. You are welcome to drop us a line to set up a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your vision for the perfect ring.
Ever wondered how an engagement ring gets made? We had the pleasure of guiding our client Fabian through the custom design process from idea to "YES!" and it was incredible. Fabian started with a fairly clear picture of his ring. He knew he wanted a substantial center stone set in a halo sitting low to the finger so it would be comfortable. We played with a few concepts and eventually added a matching pavé split-shank band in 18K white gold. It was important to Fabian that he work with a local jeweler of the highest caliber. After exploring options both near and far, we let our instinct be our guide and decided to work with Monique of Gold Direct Jewelers in Sudbury, Ontario. By then, we had really done our homework, and as Fabian explains it:
Not only was Monique a dream to work with, but she took pictures of the entire ring creation process. Thanks Monique! Take a peek behind the curtain as this ring comes into being.
The ring is finished! Monique did a great job. It's gorgeous and we couldn't be happier for Fabian and Jessica. Fabian is one of the nicest, most genuine, customers we have ever had the pleasure to work with, and his enthusiasm and excitement to be getting engaged to Jess was contagious. Congratulations to the beautiful couple! We wish you two cuties all the best!
If you are feeling inspired and interested in starting the process of designing and creating a custom engagement ring please don't hesitate to drop us a line! We love projects like this and we would be happy to talk to you.