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.