One of the strengths of the Gregore and Jennifer-Rabe jeweler's workshop  in Santa Barbara, is to tackle difficult projects. A favorite tool is pattern resin, a plastic product from the dental industry for making crowns. Gregory made a lovely and unusual engagement ring with opaque white diamonds surrounding the traditionally clear diamond. Notice the Eastern influence in the curves and peaks. He used the pattern resin to fit the wedding band snuggly against the ring. I am in the early stages of setting the band. The white diamonds will be on top, and an unusual touch is putting black diamonds that will tuck under the ring hidden from view when the two are worn together.

 The metal surrounding the black diamonds will have a plating of black rhodium to enhance the look. When the band is complete I will share it in a later post!

The metal surrounding the black diamonds will have a plating of black rhodium to enhance the look. When the band is complete I will share it in a later post!