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Always be touching your loved one with a fingerprint ring

A wedding band is a constant reminder of the connection and commitment to your spouse. What better way to  symbolize that than with a fingerprint on the inside of your wedding band! One of our amazing couples had us build this custom wedding band with the bride’s fingerprint on the inside of the ring so she’d always be touching her soon to be husband. This is the sort of thing that really demonstrates the magic of custom jewelry! If we didn’t do all of our own design and manufacturing work in the store, we wouldn’t be able to pull of a design like this. Amazing!

Tell us your crazy jewelry ideas, they may not be as crazy as you think!

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Here at Philip’s Diamond Shop, we make rings for people every day. It’s not uncommon for us to be working on all kinds of weird projects, but it is particularly exciting when someone comes in and has an extra challenge for us. This was just the case not long ago when we got a call from Chicago. The caller was panicked. She had recently been working with another jeweler to make a wedding ring based on her grandmother’s ring and after seeing how far off the other jeweler’s designs were, she didn’t know if she’d be able to get the ring made right and made right in just one month’s time. Despite being in Chicago, she’d heard good things about Philip’s Diamond Shop and was hoping that we could make her dream of a ring to match her grandmother’s ring a reality.

We’ve built a many many rings that need to match other rings, we’ve built and rebuilt antique-style rings before. The challenge here wasn’t in building a ring to match the grandmother’s ring, but in that we didn’t have the ring in our hands to measure and work with. Instead, we had only photos of the ring to look at and guess general dimensions and sizes from. Take a look at a few of the photos we were working from below and see what we had to start out with:

Recreating a ring like this was not going to be easy! Not only did we need to recreate the intricate patterns on this ring, but we needed to modify it to accommodate a larger center gemstone, a beautiful blue sapphire. It wasn’t just design that needed to be recreated but also custom hand engraving. We’re particularly well-suited to this as we now have a full-time on-site hand engraver! Not something you’ll find at many other jewelry stores in the country.

As we talked over what we were about to do we looked over the images from the other “custom jeweler” that had tried to recreate the ring. You can see in the images below that the other jeweler left plenty of room for the ring to be sent out for hand-engraving, but wasn’t able to recreate the shape of the ring at all. It, unfortunately, more resembled a men’s ring or giant class ring than an antique engagement ring.

Our challenge was laid out: We had less than one month to deliver a ring that replicated the look of the grandmother’s ring with a large blue sapphire in the center. This included all of the design work, casting the ring, setting gemstones in it and recreating the hand engraved details around the ring.

Were we up for it? Absolutely. Custom design is what we do! After being one of the very first jewelry stores to embrace CAD/CAM design and manufacturing, we’re pretty good at this sort of thing by now. There’s a reason that jewelers from all over the country call us when they need quality custom design work done. Not only that, but with a hand-engraver right here in the store, we would be able to get all of the work done, from design to casting to setting to engraving, all right here in the store and with time to spare.

After taking measurements and examining the lines and shapes in the ring photographs, our expert CAD modeler, Chad Little, built a model for the customer to see.

As you can see, the model is considerably trimmer than the other design shown above. The Philip’s Diamond Shop model shown above was quickly approved and we set about cutting a wax model and casting the ring. From there it was on to our jeweler, Dave Jacobson, to set the gemstones and polish the ring to get it ready for some hand engraved finishing touches from our hand engraver, Mitchell Lurth.

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Our customer was overjoyed and loved the finished ring. We were overjoyed that she was overjoyed (we were also overjoyed at how great the ring turned out!) The ring was all that she’d been hoping for from the beginning of her quest. Not only that, but it was done in plenty of time before her wedding!

Do you have a design idea you’d like to have made? Come in and see us and see what we can do for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re from down the street or across the country. We’ve been helping people realize their jewelry dreams for almost 40 years, maybe it’s time to realize yours.

Ladies! Are you ready to be dazzled and amazed? Gentlemen! Are you ready to make your Christmas shopping super easy this year?

Behold the Heartbeat Diamond Pendant!

The Heartbeat Diamond Pendant from Philip’s Diamond Shop actually beats with your heart. It shines and shimmers as it moves back and forth with every movement of the wearer. The movements make your diamond dance and shine, pulling even more brilliance from your already beautiful diamond! They are ridiculously fun to look at and fit any budget. Starting as low as $99 and available in metals ranging from sterling silver, to 14k yellow, white and rose gold, and even 18k gold, the possibilities are endless. It’s the easiest gift of the Christmas season! Come see one for yourself, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it.

The video below is one of the silver Heartbeat Diamond pendants.

You can pretty clearly see the innovative setting that allows the diamond to float freely and move with the wearer. The best part about the Heartbeat Diamond Pendant is that, unlike a lot of other moving diamond pendant ideas, this one is super easily visible all the time. It doesn’t get flipped over and stop working while you’re wearing it. It’s simple and absolutely captivating to look at.

This is a quick video we shot ourselves to try to show you what the pendant looks like in real life. The best part about this video is that the Heartbeat Diamond Pendant is actually prettier in real life than even in these videos!

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We’re always on the lookout for jewelry that we bring you that both packs a big shiny punch but doesn’t pack a big price-tag. That’s why we were so excited when we found Athra Luxe! The pieces in the Athra Luxe collection are comprised of sterling silver, 14k gold over sterling silver, and brass and set with black diamond crystals, cubic zirconia, freshwater pearls and black onyx. Featuring rings, necklaces and earrings, there is something for everyone here. With pieces starting as low as $40, how can you go wrong?!

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Gentlemen, you’re never going to wonder what to get her again.

The Add-a-Link bracelet makes choosing a gift easy, as each special occasion you have, you can build a little more towards an amazing diamond bracelet, one link at a time.

Promise made.

Our Kaspar & Esh Add-a-Link bracelet gives you the opportunity to build a lasting testament to your love – one link at a time. Start building an Add-a-Link bracelet at your next special occasion and make it grow over the years as an investment in your relationship. Each link will commemorate a special occasion – a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary – and when your bracelet is complete, we’ll send it back to Kaspar & Esh for complimentary 14k gold riveting and factory refinishing.

Promise Kept.

The Add-a-Link bracelet is easy to wear, easy to maintain and makes an amazingly easy gift. They’ve more than 100 styles to choose from and the styles are never retired, so you’ll never be stuck not being able to finish a bracelet. Not only that, but Kaspar & Esh are a company with four generations of family ownership and management and they manufacture right here in the United States. Multi-generational manufacturing of high-quality jewelry? That’s something we can relate to over here at Philip’s Diamond Shop.

Look at just a few of these other Add-a-Link styles: