Perfect Proportions

Designing for a 3ct Cushion cut diamond

Proportions are key to beautiful jewellery and it's what we specialise in at Ryder Diamonds. Over the past few decades, we've done it all and really perfected the art of using the right sizes of diamonds and thickness of gold to provide balance and beauty to a design. The right proportion in a design are just as important as the star of the show. This story is an example of a beautiful cushion cut diamond that is brought to life by our senior designer, Katie Feeney and expertly crafted by our in-house master jewellers. It's the combination of this artistry that creates fine diamond jewellery.

The Designer - Katie Feeney:

I have been working at Ryder Diamonds for over 3 years now and absolutely love it. From meeting new clients, creating new bespoke pieces, searching for the perfect diamond, every job is different so it is always exciting and challenging. I have always worked in the creative industry so the fact that I am still very much in a creative environment working with diamonds is basically the dream job!


The Direction:

My client luckily had a firm idea of what his girlfriend liked, providing me with reference photos so the brief was very clear from the start. Her dream ring was a cushion with a diamond halo and diamond band with 4 single claws. Having a clear brief naturally makes my job that much easier so the main focus was searching for the perfect diamond.

The Search:

We looked at numerous cushion modified brilliant diamonds ranging from 2.81ct to 3.12ct with slight variations in colour and clarity. Cushions can really vary in proportions with some being very square in appearance and some can be more rectangle in shape. We were specifically looking for a more square shape which narrowed our search down at this particular carat weight size but it just made the hunt for the perfect diamond a little bit more challenging.  After hunting the globe I eventually found the perfect 3.12ct F VS2 diamond that had the most incredible cut and brilliance. 


The Craft:

The handcrafting process took just over 4 weeks and my client was absolutely thrilled with the end result. We kept the claws nice and fine without compromising security and the band was nice and refined as we were designing a ring for very petite fingers.

The Proposal: 

My client proposed in the Maldives in the most romantic setting and I was delighted to be sent the gorgeous photos that you can see below. I had the pleasure of meeting the future bride after they returned from the Maldives and seeing how happy she was with the ring is why I love my job.