Burmese Red Spinel and Diamond Ring

One of our fabulous clients who has an incredible sense and taste for fine jewelry is always in our minds when we go into the various stone buying scenarios we find ourselves in. In this instance, Susan was attending a gem show in Tucson, Arizona and saw two fabulous stones that immediately made her think of this client. She then snapped a few photos of this absolutely stunning no heat Burmese red spinel & light blue sapphire and texted it over, her instincts rang true and the client had to have them!

Once she had returned from the gem show, it was time to develop a concept design for the red spinel. We toyed with the thought of a beautiful pedant but landed on making it into a lovely ring. We then prepared a presentation with numerous different possible designs and had a remote meeting on which the client’s wife enjoyed the most! See below for some of the inspiration photos we sent. 


It was the classic three stone ring designs that appealed to her but with a fabulous pair of out of the ordinary cut stones. Epaulettes or commonly known as “Cadillac shields” are a step cut diamond reminiscent of the shape of a shield, the contrast of the step cut to the more brilliant cut of the red spinel created a beautifully interesting contrast! We chose to set the side stones and the ring shank in platinum while the red spinel’s basket setting was crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, the warm tone of the prongs against the pigeon blood red stone truly makes it pop. See below for the final product!