We decided to get a drink at a trailer park themed dive bar. In folding chairs over frozen margaritas, one of my best friends of the past 20 years told me about the love of his life and I told him about the 4Cs.
The illuminated pink flamingo over our table cast a glow of excitement over Mini (a nickname Sam acquired from me at the age of 10). This was better than take your child to work day! One of my best friends was learning about what I do and his enthusiasm was far from mini.
I decided I was going to show him my daily life in the industry, introducing him to the people who help me make beautiful things and, subsequently, this is what I am sharing with you today: The Making of the Future Mrs. Mini’s Ring.
Picking Out A Diamond
Purchasing a diamond is a nuanced interaction filled with industry jargon that is peppered with Yiddish and nonsense phrases. For example, an impossible combination of diamond factors--like a 2-carat, D-color, VS1 clarity for under $2,000 dollars--would be called “a four cornered egg”. That is my favorite one. I love me some four cornered eggs...
My diamond dealer’s office is one of my most intriguing, inspiring, and entertaining stops. Trays filled with certified post-consumer recycled diamonds in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and clarity are pulled, always eliciting very strong emotions from me:
Some of the diamonds make me laugh, like the dancing diamond with the ridiculous off-centered culet (facet at the tip of the diamond). Some diamonds have strong colors or peppers of inclusions that make the stone unique and beautiful, but also subject them to my “What Not To Wear”-esque critique. Others are cut with such artistry that the faceting patterns manipulate and reflect light in mesmerizing displays that make me sigh and smile. Diamond feelings <3.
Mini looked through an assortment of diamonds (while I provided a stream of commentary) and he made his selection: An Antique Cushion Cut Diamond with giant bites taken out of the corners of the stone that made it clear that the jeweler who removed the diamond from its previous setting used a garbage disposal to do so, rather than pliers. (Palm --> Face)
Though gnawed upon, the diamond Mini selected is a beautiful combination of cuts: The center of the stone is watery and temporal in how it reflects light, reminiscent of the romantic Victorian Rose Cuts. The edges of the stone, however, possess the brilliance and dispersion of an Old European Cut diamond that captures light, breaking it into its spectral colors. This is an incredibly unique, complex diamond with a face-up appearance that causes it to look a lot larger than it is, and a very low profile that allows it to remain understated, wearable, and timeless. Nonetheless, Mini picked "The Rehab Project".
Luckily, in the industry, we have magicians...
My diamond dealer saw the cringe and horror on my face. He heard me tell Mini to think about it overnight (sales code for: “Are you sure?!”). And when Mini gave his final decision that "The Rehab Project" was the one for him, my dealer brought me into the bowels of one of the most maze-like buildings in the New York Diamond District to fix it.
His diamond cutter is a small Orthodox Jewish man who threw his hands into the air when I entered, proclaiming “Religion!” into the space between us. After seeing what these hands can do, I would rather bow to them than shake them any day…
The cutter sat in a small room behind a steel polishing wheel, called a scaif, which is coated with a thin layer of diamond dust. Diamonds are the hardest material on the planet and only a diamond can cut another diamond. Almost like moving clay, the diamond can be coaxed into new positions, adding facets or pushing surfaces slightly in one direction or another to achieve a new form and shine.
With an expert touch, the diamond’s corners smoothed and, magically, "The Rehab Project" was reformed without losing any weight, giving the diamond new life.
The Rehab Project revitalized an antique diamond that was essentially destroyed. Mini saw the diamond in the roughest shape possible and saw it’s potential and unique character. Now, with the care and attention of this diamond wizard, the diamond carries new meaning and significance for another lifetime. I was (and am) truly amazed by how wonderful it turned out and am (now) thrilled with Mini's selection.
Mini and I started brainstorming the design when we first sat indoors beneath the umbrella with luau fringe, but the real designing began once the diamond was in hand.
All of Original Eve Designs are created using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programming, prototyped with Additive Manufacturing, and are finalized using traditional forms of studio craftsmanship. When designing in CAD, I can see an object from the top, front, side and in perspective. Any alteration made from any of these angles will affect the object in all of the other viewports as well.
This is a sketch of the design for the ring: