The original Caroline halo engagement ring in platinum with a 2.5-carat antique cushion-cut diamond
Well hello! I have officially come up for air after launching my new bridal collection last February. (Eeek! that moment you realize your last blog post was in January!) I’m so happy to share that a total of 9 designs have been produced amidst client orders from the collection. But I’d like to go back a bit and talk about the very first design that we created, the Caroline Halo.
The first Caroline will always hold a special place in my heart: to see the design emerge from loose sketches to finalized artwork and onto the bench and ultimately onto my finger is a feeling that I can’t quite describe. I’m very much a process-oriented person with creative roots as an actor and a dancer. So when Caroline landed, it was like the thrill of an opening night show–when all of your efforts culminate into one spectacular ball of energy. But, as an actor working in theatre, you know you have a long run ahead of you, so you propel that energy forward for weeks of upcoming shows. The process is ongoing, and it’s the best part.
I was lucky that the first Caroline was purchased by my sister Victoria, who wanted to keep the original in the family. So if I want to see the first Caroline, all I have to do is fly to Dallas from Seattle and try to pry it off her finger. There’s no way she’s sending it to me–that baby is staying on! Says she.
Caroline on my hand before departing to Dallas
But we’ve produced more Carolines, so I get to see the style made new each time–which is so exciting! We’ve now made Caroline in platinum and in yellow gold with antique diamonds and colored gemstones. Caroline plays on a shape I love, the octagon, but in a form that is soft and floral. The edges with soft scalloping, the handmade gallery with curving vines and swan-like detail, and the plain band with my signature finish impart an Old World elegance. Or as my sister says, “Caroline should be lounging on wide veranda sipping a mint julep in Southern style.”
Caroline halo engagement ring in 18k yellow gold
One other thing to note about Caroline is the look is substantial–and more than a little glamorous to boot. I showed the design to several colleagues and friends during jewelry market week last June in Las Vegas, and many remarked on how much presence the style has on the hand. That’s all me–guilty as charged–for delivering some “blingpact” into this design. Plus the Caroline I was wearing is set with a 2.65-carat antique cushion-cut diamond. I like big (old) diamonds, and I cannot lie.
Caroline in color with a client’s lovely sapphire
Last I’d like to talk about the EW signature finish. All of my designs feature this finish in part. And many combine this finish with high polish in places you might not expect. This finish is akin to brushed or satin, but it’s finely textured to bounce light. The way a ring handles light is one of my obsessions–it’s not just the diamond, but the metal that captivates the eye. Beauty from all angles is what I endeavor to create. And Caroline, the first design, brought it to life.
Caroline halo in platinum
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