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11 Easy Tips to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for Her

Getting engaged surely is an important step in life, but it can be a real headache for the fiancé when comes the moment to choose the engagement ring.

Choosing the right engagement ring you want to offer to your fiancée isn't an easy task.

The issues to be faced by the fiancé are many :

  • what style and ring design does she like?
  • what's her finger size ?
  • which stone to choose ? diamond or gemstone ?
  • how to choose a diamond ?
  • which metal will fit for the ring ?
  • will my budget be enough ?

How to choose a large diamaond engagement ring

November 22, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

Mexican Opal Mine: Hunting Opals in Magdalena de los Opalos

The small town of Magdalena de los Opalos is worth a visit, although it is a bit far from the city of Puerto Vallarta. Indeed, this town of 16,000 inhabitants is of a typical Mexican style, its very clean streets allow you to walk around the central square and the surrounding streets while enjoying the freshness that you cannot find in Puerto Vallarta. The many opal mines surrounding the city have made it a recognized place of exchange for this gem and the visit of the mines as well as the search for opals for leisure have made it an interesting tourist destination to spend a day or two there.

view of Magdalena de los Opalos in Jalisco, Mexico where you can find mexican fire opals

November 16, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6
Tags: Gemstones

Soccer Championship Ring for the 2022 World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is the sporting event of the year 2022. And it is all the more interesting for jewelers since the 2018 edition, with the victory of the French soccer team, gave rise to the creation of a soccer championship ring to celebrate this victory.

This ring, completely devoid of the style of American championship rings, was made by Los Angeles jeweler Jason Arasheben.

This massive ring is interesting in terms of design, but may disappoint some football fans in the sense that we do not know how to differentiate it from other American style championship rings made for championships of other sports such as American football or basketball.

2022 soccer championship ring for the FIFA world cup

November 11, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

Custom 24k Gold Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, 24k gold is the most precious metal you could use to make a unique jewelry. For most precious it is, pure gold has some constraints you should be aware of.

Three main particularities characterize 24k gold:

  • Color
  • softness
  • weight

Color: 24k gold is obviously yellow, deep yellow and only yellow. As being pure gold, it is not possible to have pure gold of different color as it has not been mixed with any other metal. (white gold and rose gold are the result of pure gold mixed with other metals that change its color).

Softness: 24k gold is also a soft metal that is quite easy to bend compared to 18k gold or enve 22k gold. So jewelry made from pure gold has to be thicker than 18k gold jewelry to withstand the everyday life being worn during decades.

Weight: density of 24k gold is 19,5 while 18k gold density is 15,4. So every jewelry made in pure gold is almost 30% heavier than the same jewelry made of 18k gold. Obviously, this affects the price of our 24k jewelry as it is heavier and 1 gram of pure gold is more expensive than 1 gram of 18k gold.

Taking into account this information, these are the reason not all jewelry is made of 24k gold and why 24k gold jewelry really stands out of conventionnal jewelry.

Here after, we present different custom jewelry projects made of 24k gold.

 INDEX

  1. Custom 24k gold Rings
  2. Custom Name Necklace
  3. Custom pendants in 24k gold
custom ring in 24k gold custom earrings in 24k gold 24k custom name necklace
October 20, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

Custom Emerald Engagement Ring

When it comes to proposal, surprising your fiancée with a unique engagement ring design is by far one of the best feeling a man can feel.

While custom diamond ring designs are the norm for proposals, going sideways choosing a unique an mysterious precious stone as the emerald is a sure way to surprise her and make your engagement ring colourful.

Of course, be sure emerald is a stone that she loves.

Emerald stones were considered precious for centuries, by far before diamonds were even know all over the world.

In the case of this emerald engagement ring making, we are going to show you all the steps our clients went through to create a truly unique emerald ring so he could propose his fiancée with one of a kind ring.

emerald ring customized for proposal

September 14, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

Hand-Crafting Unique Engagement Rings

When comes the moment of the proposal, it is easier to do it with the right engagement ring.

You may have the best proposal idea, but having THE perfect engagement ring hand-made and personnalized for her will give you confidence to popose her with a YES as an answer.

You will discover here various unique engagement ring designs hand-crafted in our jewelry worshop so you can discover how to can start with an idea and finish with a stunning piece of jewelry that will impact your whole life.

Let's begin.

blue topaz engagement ring hand made in our workshop custom engagement ring hand-crafted with diamonds initial engagement ring in 18k gold
unique emerald engagement ring hand-made with personnalized design blue sapphire engagement ring custom made simple ruby engagement ring

 

June 16, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

2.5 ct Diamond Engagement Ring

Whether for an engagement or to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a diamond ring is the most sought-after jewel for this kind of occasion.

In the case of this diamond ring project, we show you step by step the designing and creation of a custom engagement ring made of a triple shank set with a large oval 1,7 carat diamond. You will notice on the picture that the shank is set with 1,6 millimeter round diamonds for a total de 1,7 carat of diamond.

In total, this ring is set with 2,5 carat of diamond.

large engagement diamond ring

June 13, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

Antique Byzantine Silver Ring Making

The reproduction of antique jewelry is an opportunity to recreate and appropriate pieces of history that fascinate us, both for their design, so different from modern jewelry, and for their history, which reminds us of the origin of our civilization.

The British Museum in London exhibits incredible Byzantine rings, which recall the splendor of the Byzantine Empire, pearl of the Orient at a time when Christianity was very present there.

We therefore had the opportunity for one of our customers to reproduce one of these rings that you can find here on their site

antique byzantine ring in silver

June 01, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

Intaglio Ring: from Antiquity to the present day

Intaglio rings are not at all fashionable, they are not even known to the general public at all.

And yet, everything about these rings is fascinating, whether it's their method of manufacture, which hasn't really changed over the centuries, or their millennial history, which bears the traces of the many civilizations that have preceded ours and left their mark for the making of modern intaglio rings.

To open the chapter of intaglio ring is to delve into the history of the world and antiquity, myths and legends, a fascinating world full of adventures, fantastic beasts, gods, but also everyday objects and life scenes from antiquity in Egypt, Mesopotamia or the Roman Empire.

onyx intaglio intaglio singet ring in 18k gold

 

May 23, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS FRANCOIS RAPHAEL TANI8011158E6

14K Gold Watch Bracelet Making

Gold watches are, for men, the ultimate luxury jewel.

Elegant and easy to wear, the watches are discreet while being an object of admiration because of their mechanical complexity and the aura of the brands that design and manufacture them.

In this case, we were able to craft a 14K white gold bracelet for our client who wanted it for his Patek Phillip 5054 18K gold luxury watch.

patek philippe 18k white gold watch

February 16, 2022 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Sapphire Stone Jewelry Guide

Sapphire is one of the four most precious gemstones (which are diamond, ruby, emerald, and ... sapphire) and certainly the best known with diamond. Blue sapphire is by far the colored gemstone the most used in jewelry.

For most people, sapphire means blue sapphire as this is the most famous type of sapphire stone. In fact, there are many varieties of sapphire gemstone that can be of any color, from white (or colorless) to green.

Sapphire is actually a variety of corundum with traces of other chemical elements that give it its color. It is characterized by a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, just after moissanite which has a hardness of 9.5, and below diamond which has a hardness of 10.

raw blue sapphire compared with cut blue sapphire

December 22, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Tanzanite : the origin of its price

Tanzanite stone is not a precious stone, within the meaning of French law, which only considers diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds as such.

However, the price of Tanzanite stone makes it a gemstone in its own right :

  • it is rare in geological sense (1000 times rarer than diamond)
  • it has exceptional blue / violet colors
  • it is in great demand in jewelry
  • we are already talking about the closing date of the only production mine

To better understand the fascinating history of this stone, we invite you to dive into the origins of its discovery.

Tanzanite ring

October 28, 2021 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Gemstones

Bottom Up V3+ 3D printer build and test

As part of my jewelry business, I use 3D printing for the creation of Castable masters for some of my jewelry. Mainly making unique and complex pieces for my clients, I need to quickly and faithfully print wax masters for our creations.

I started my work on 3D printing in 2015 with the purchase of a 1200 Project 3DS printer, an honest review of which is published here (in French). I then changed my printer, for a Draken 3D printer from the company 3DFacture which is also an SLA type 3D printer offering a larger printing surface than the 1200 and the freedom to manage the light exposure parameters at will, allowing me to work with resins more economical than those of 3DS and especially castable.

 Then, I now turned to a 3D printer, still SLA, but of a new type for me since printing from the bottom up, unlike the two previous printers which are of the Bottom-Up type.

3D printer software

September 17, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

130+ creative proposal ideas for a unique event

If you are looking for the best idea to propose to your girlfriend to marry you or get engaged, this is your definitive list.

We have gathered the most complete list of 135 great proposal ideas.

Whatever your skills or the personality of your loved one, you will find here the perfect way to ask her: Will you marry me?

The proposal idea I prefer is number 17 and the craziest might be number 122 while number 124 was a buzz worldwide.

more thant 130 proposal ideas

Check this out! 

  1. Best proposal ideas at Home
  2. Unique ways to propose to your loved one
  3. Beach proposal ideas
  4. Romantic proposal
  5. Outdoor proposal ideas
  6. Simple and private proposal ideas
  7. Cute proposal ideas
  8. Winter proposal ideas
  9. Fall proposal ideas
  10. Party proposal with family and friends
  11. Funny proposal
  12. Public proposal ideas
  13. Flower proposal
  14. Amazing proposal ideas that are way different
  15. Hotel proposal
  16. Holiday or Vacation proposal
  17. Restaurant proposal
July 12, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Custom family crest signet rings

Signet rings are centuries old, and while they are not used anymore as seal ring as they used to be in the past, they are a symbol of pride and elegance nowadays.

There are still synonyme of durability and in most of the case are an heirloom to the future family generation.

3 family initials gold signet rings

We mary ancient craftmanship with modern jewelry tools as 3D rendering and 3D printing to get amazing results. We detail here below the way we proceed and the making process used to craft your bespoke signet ring.

We offer the best customizable experience as your are free to choose:

  • The form and size of your ring, no process limitation
  • The metal of your choice, it can be Silver, 14k, 18k or even 22k gold
  • Open or closed ring (heavier in metal)
  • Raised engraving or intaglio
  • Metal or gemstone engraving
June 16, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

The different types of necklace chains links in jewelry

Faced with all the existing chain maille weaves for making chains, used both for bracelets, necklaces and anklets, it's normal that you feel disoriented when you search for an internet purchase.

To find your way around, we offer you this guide which includes most of the chain maille weaves used for bracelets, chains and necklaces.

big silver chain for men

In the menu that follows, you can click on the model that interests you to go to the related chapter, or see our summary poster at the end of the article.

1 English chain 11 Spiral chain
2 Curb chain 12 American chain
3 Anchor chain 13 Mirror chain
4 Jaseron chain 14 Rope chain
5 Venetian chain 15 Bean chain
6 Snake chain 16 Gourmette chain
7 Palm chain 17 Polish chain
8 Horse chain 18 Rice grain chain
9 Coffee bean chain 19 Royal or Peruvian or Byzantine chain
10 Figaro chain 20 Industrial production of gold chains (video)

 

May 06, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Price of a custom signet ring

Men prefer signet rings to rings.

Wearing little jewelry, they are usually oriented towards making unique signet rings personalized according to their tastes. Of course, the price of these signet rings suffers and has nothing to do with the price of simple rings manufactured in series that are found in jewelry dealers.

Gold signet ring with black diamond

The purpose of this article is to explain what are the cost factors when making a signet ring in gold or silver and help you to mature your project.

Note that there is no more beautiful signet that the one that makes you want. A beautiful signet ring is one that brings together a style that suits you with the decorative elements that make you vibrate.

October 03, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Fire opal : iconic Mexican stone

Intriguing and mysterious, opal stone fascinates, on the one hand because of the multitude of colors and splinters it may have, but also because it remains a stone difficult to pin down by scientists and gemologists .

It is surely one of the few gemstones still being studied and the subject of theses to understand the chemical and granular composition, explain its lights and its mechanism of formation.

fire opals

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Gemstones

What are fossils and how do they form ?

Over the past few years, there's been a renewed interest in fossils. In fact, this interest has convalesced into exciting new trends in fashion and home decor : curating fossils for jewelry and art.

If you've been thinking about having custom jewelry made using amber, ammonites, or fossilized teeth, it helps to know how they were formed.

Here's everything you need to know about fossils.

Fossil

September 30, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

African V-shaped ring making in gold

For the last 5 years, African jewelry is in fashion.

Driven by the appeal of ethnic art, new creations are emerging from patterns and colors of the black continent.

In this case, it is not a novelty since this design of African V-shaped ring is already well known, it is a classic.

By cons we will show you how is made this ring by hand.

African V-shaped ring

This African wedding ring is composed of two welded V connected by their ends.

Numerical modeling allows us to better understand the design of this ring seen from several angles.

September 23, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Wedding ring engraving

The exchange of wedding rings between the spouses remains the highlight of a marriage.

However, the engraving of these is what will remain definitively on the rings that will accompany you all your life.

So, as much choose an engraving that suits you.

Gold opal ring

An idea of an original engraving for wedding ring

To choose an original text to engrave, you must look for an event that has marked your relationship, the common base of your memories together.

We can try to make originality but it's especially the engraved texts that have a common sense that will be the most durable.

Originality is subject to fashion and your environment.

However you'll find very good ideas of texts to engrave described in this article of the Zankyou webzine.

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Lapis Lazuli Stone

Lapis lazuli is a stone used for more than 7000 years in many artistic fields such as painting, sculpture, jewelery, ...

Its name of ultramarine blue is given to it since 5th century in Europe when one spoke about this rare and precious blue come from beyond the seas.

Lapis lazuli stone

Its name comes from the Latin "lapis" which means "stone" and Arabic Andalusian "azul" itself from Persian "lasaward" which means "blue".

Here is a short summary about lapis lazuli and its geographical and historical journey :

September 12, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Manufacture of a real Indonesian bola of pregnancy in silver

Hundreds of expectant mothers take advantage each year of their maternity to buy and wear a pregnancy bola. This unique piece for pregnant women has positive effects for both the baby and the mother!

The bola is a jewel usually rounded shape that tinkles gently with the movements of the woman who wears it. The sound has soothing virtues to the extent that the baby will get used to the sound melody of the bell pregnancy. It is generally said that the baby hears the ringing as early as 4/5 months of pregnancy, and then until the end of the pregnancy.

For the pregnant woman, the jewel bola is an original and trendy accessory that symbolizes motherhood, but it is also a pretty jewel that will bring a particular touch to your wardrobe ...

According to sources, the bola pendant is made in Mexico, Thailand, China ... but the real origin is Indonesia and more precisely Bali. Made by craftsmen respecting the tradition, the realization of a jumper bola pregnancy respects certain unavoidable steps.

life tree pendant flower of life pendant cross of life pendant
necklace gold emerald choker necklace necklace gold blue sapphire

September 09, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Authentic Aztec patterns

This year's fashion is an opportunity to see Aztec symbols flourish on all the possible accessories that fashion can touch, and we can see Aztec motifs blooming everywhere that do not have much to do with the historical patterns.

The representation of the patterns that we see is often simplistic and stereotype Aztec culture in frescoes made of squares and triangles. As we will see, the Aztec representations were much richer than that.

We accompany you to learn more about the Aztec patterns and their meaning. The latter, after saturating the fashion print is about to disappear a time stores, perhaps allowing people to rediscover the authentic symbolic expression Aztec.

ceramic aztec patterns

September 06, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Measure Your Wrist

When buying a bracelet online, it is important for your comfort to choose the length of your bracelet; so that it is not too tight around your wrist or too loose not to wander around your forearm.

Once you know your wrist size, you just need to add an extra 1 to 3 cm (depending on your comfort) to know the ideal size of your flexible bracelet.

This method works for both women's and men's bracelets.

Measure wrist

The first, easiest way to measure your wrist circumference is to use a tape measure, wrapped around your wrist, it gives you an exact measure of the size of it.

The other way is to cut a strip of paper or use a cord that wraps around your wrist, where you usually wear your bracelets.

Make a pencil line on the cord or on the paper ribbon, then measure with a flat ruler the line length to line.

However the tape measure method is easier to implement, it is the one that I advise you.

September 06, 2019 — Hugo Maherault