Carter at workbench

Let's create a channel-set diamond ring.

A diamond ring is hidden inside this portion of carving wax. The first move is define the finger size. Here, it's the american showcase standard fingersize of 6 ½.

The ring begins to break free.

Some careful shaping is performed at a slow pace to ensure symmetry along several imaginary axes.

Carving isn't just a test of the hands, but of the eye and of determination. Here, symmetry of left and right sides isn't allowed to vary much more than fractions of a millimeter.

A channel is excavated to precisely accomodate a series of high-quality diamonds. Minimal obstructions from underneath will not only ensure the diamonds will always be easy to clean, but that their ability to gather light and sparkle is maximized.

Supporting spars are left in place to provide structural strength to the ring. This wax model is ready to be directly cast into 14k white gold.

After casting, the ring is smoothed and polished before stones are set into the channels. All the time previously spent in carving the proper channel width pays off at this stage. The cast ring is tailored perfectly to these diamonds. This ensures diamonds are securely set.

After some additional fine polishing, the new ring is ready for the showcase.