Best of the Best 2005: Diamonds
“This stone is a true showstopper,” says designer Michael Beaudry, who recently secured the rights to use an innovative new diamond cut called the Flame in his designs, including this recently completed ring. In the predominantly traditional diamond world, the Flame stands apart as an inventive yet approachable stone.
The Flame’s distinctive flared shape requires an uncommon long and narrow rough diamond to create the elongated form with curved edges. The ring’s 6.13-carat stone and its 5-carat Flame sister stone were cut from a 28-carat rough diamond. “It could take a few years to find another piece of rough large enough and suitable to cut a Flame diamond of this size,” says Beaudry, a master diamond cutter. A team of four Israeli master cutters spent about three months using time-honored methods and a state-of-the-art laser-cutting machine to hone the center stone for the eye-catching platinum ring, which was set with fancy pink and white diamonds in Beaudry’s Los Angeles workshop.
Beaudry, 877.232.8379, www.michaelbeaudry.com
Daniel K spent several months assembling and cutting 56 diamonds into perfectly matched, sleek asscher-cut stones and then set them in a web of platinum chain link to create a unique pair of earrings that cascade like glimmering waterfalls.
Graff flaunts a sampling of its extraordinary stock of flawless yellow and white diamonds in this delicate yet decadent necklace pairing radiant-cut yellow diamonds with white diamonds assembled in a floral motif. With more than 80 carats of stones, this platinum and yellow gold design portrays feminine form with contemporary flavor.
Vivid’s versatile vintage-style necklace is appointed with 23 softly glowing vintage rose-cut diamonds and features a removable fancy orange-brown 11.26-carat briolette drop. The reversible platinum and 18-karat pink gold piece is set with fancy pink and white micropavé diamonds on one side and simple white diamond pavé on the other for a less formal look.