A customer came to us recently with an enquiry that had been gnawing away at her for some time. She wanted a pair of diamond studs but the diamonds had to be a decent size and certainly large enough to take the ‘clip and post’ fittings that she favoured. Arthritic joints meant that it was difficult for her to use scrolls and she found that clips were easy to use, comfortable and also secure. These fittings are larger than scrolls and can appear cumbersome – it was especially important to our customer that these fittings could not be seen when the earrings were worn hence the need for diamonds large enough for the fittings to hide behind.
The price of two single diamonds weighing at least a carat each was prohibitive though so what next? Well, it turned out that our customer had not worn her three stone diamond engagement ring for some time; arthritis meant that the ring was impractical for her to wear comfortably. The centre diamond in the ring weighed 0.75ct and the two smaller diamonds 0.35ct each and this got us thinking; why not utilise the diamonds from the ring and add a second larger diamond to make a pair of two stone diamond studs with the all important clip fittings?
We drew up some scale drawings and saw that the design would work with the clip fittings that we had in mind – our customer approved and we set to work. The results can be seen above. Needless to say our customer was delighted. She had the earrings that she wanted, made using the diamonds from her engagement ring and for a fraction of the cost of buying large single stones.