Hebrew Hmong Celtic Knot Committment Rings
Description
We sent this design to a couple who wanted 14kt gold rings incorporating some celtic knotwork with a pair of high quality sapphires and the Hebrew and Hmong words for love. As it turned out the Hebrew, which was provided to us, was incorrect so that part of the rings was remade!

Most designs come with a plan:

This was the description that went with the plan:

You can have the hearts open like the knot work or closed. In the next image you can see this both ways. The letters and knot will be cut from 18 gauge (1 mm thick) 14 karat sheet and flush soldered to the backing band, which will also be 18 gauge. The ridges at top and bottom of each ring will be 1 mm square, so they will be on the same plane as the letters and knot. This gives you an overall thickness of 2 mm or 12 gauge. This is a good thickness for bands (most of the ridged bands on my site are this thickness). I'll use a low base setting for the stones so they don't stick out too much from the rings.

We have two AA+ royal blue sapphires, the 5 mm diameter being 1/4 carat and the 6 mm 1/2 carat. We got them from a supplier who works directly with the mines so we bought them at a good price, which we can pass on to you. They will be set in elegant prong settings, which allows you to see the stones, unlike flush settings, which hide most of the stones (and so are used extensively by jewelers with low grade gemstones.

I also showed both ring plans for comparison:

Most ring designs come with 3D rotations, sometimes better than this one.

The next image shows four rotations of the rings and will give you an idea what the elements look like when mapped onto a 3D surface. The images don't give the depth of the elements or ridge or the texture but you can get an idea of that from similar rings in the wedding rings section on my site.

This last image shows you the relative sizes of the two rings. The height of the smaller ring would be 7 mm, the large 8 mm.
How close the design came to the ring can be seen by the images below:

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