Author - Mandira

April 2018

Tanzanite Engagement Puzzle Ring with Custom Spanish Posy Ring Shadow Band

Tanzanite Engagement Puzzle Ring with Custom Spanish Posy Ring Shadow Band

Here is the very first shadow band that we ever made – we still think it is amazing. Our client wanted a wedding ring that would fit to the side of the puzzle ring. He wanted it to be suggestive of a claddagh band but without being an actual claddagh design. An Irish claddagh design includes hands, heart, and a crown meaning ‘may love and friendship reign.’ For this ring, we went with the hands and the heart.  We still love the stylized hands with graceful wrists and cuffs. 

The shank of the shadow band was to be very special. We hand-engraved lettering on the shank: ‘no tengo mas que darte,” Spanish for, ‘I do not wish to love any other than you.’

Four band, Guinevere engagement puzzle ring with a Spanish posy ring

A princess cut tanzanite is a bright spot on this four band, Guinevere engagement puzzle ring with a Spanish posy ring with the words, ‘no tengo mas que darte.’   

 

For this bridal set or for a set that we customize just for you . . . your choice of gemstone, your choice of words, your choice of precious metal (this is palladium) . . . please contact us directly at 1-866-573-7381 or from outside the U.S., call 1-505-898-1107.

Or email us!

 

 

Marquise Diamond Puzzle Ring with 2mm Shadow Band in 14K Yellow Gold

Marquise Diamond Puzzle Ring with 2mm Shadow Band in 14K Yellow Gold

This hand-woven engagement puzzle ring is a truly unique piece, because the 1/2CT diamond is so long that it looks more like a 3/4CT diamond. In a marquise diamond, length and width is everything. Yes, the 2:1 length to width ratio that is considered to be ‘ideal’ is lovely. But when we find a diamond such as this one that is extra long, we jump at the chance to get it, as it will give the impression of a much larger diamond at a lower cost. There are three dimensions for a marquise diamond: length, width, and depth. An extra long marquise diamond may be a bit shallower than the next diamond. We find the length to be such an important characteristic that it can outweigh other diamond characteristics. 

Marquise diamond engagement puzzle ring with 2mm shadow band

Marquise diamond engagement puzzle ring with 2mm shadow wedding ring

 

For example, we normally select diamonds with only D-E-F color (top of range). But if we can find a diamond shaped like this one, we will even accept a color of G or H, with our client’s permission, of course. 

This engagement puzzle ring has four bands and an open weave – see how much air is seen between the front loops of the ring? An open puzzle ring weave like this is generally paired with a shadow band that follows each nook and cranny of the edge of the puzzle ring.

Both rings are entirely hand-made. Although we cannot promise we will find a half-carat diamond again with these dimensions, we will be happy to make you a set like this with a glorious, sparkling diamond that you will have the opportunity to approve before we set it in your bridal set. 

Marquise Royale Diamond Engagement Puzzle Ring with Celtic Knotwork Shadow Band

Marquise Diamond Engagement Puzzle Ring with Celtic Knotwork Shadow Band

A rich 14K rose gold and platinum bridal set features a 0.71CT marquise diamond puzzle ring paired with an original Celtic knotwork shadow wedding ring.  We sent this set to the Northwest coast of Australia. 

The puzzle ring is entirely hand-woven, meaning that each loop and curve of the puzzle ring is formed by hand by our expert puzzle ring maker. The shadow band is cast from a one-off, original hand-carved wax that is custom fit to the shape of the puzzle ring.

You may choose any diamond size from 1/3CT up to 0.72CT. For a larger diamond, we will make the puzzle ring just a little heavier, and it will still pair well with this shadow band. For a smaller diamond, we will scale the shadow band down in width/weight a little bit to go perfectly with your puzzle ring. 

Marquise diamond and emerald engagement puzzle ring with Celtic shadow band

Marquise diamond and emerald engagement puzzle ring paired with a Celtic knotwork shadow band custom fit to the puzzle ring. The set is made of 14K rose gold and platinum.

 

Please contact us directly at 1-866-573-7381 to order this set – or ask us to customize a set for you. Side sapphires or rubies? You got it. Center emerald or other colored gemstone – you bet! This engagement puzzle ring with a different shadow band – of course.

We live to create engagement puzzle rings and bridal sets for our customers – so you have exactly what you dream of. 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic Knotwork-Inspired, Marquise Aquamarine Engagement Puzzle Ring and Bridal Set

Celtic Knotwork-Inspired, Marquise Aquamarine Engagement Puzzle Ring and Bridal Set

This ring is an exquisitely beautiful, hand-woven, Celtic knotwork-inspired, engagement puzzle ring shown with a one-half carat marquise aquamarine. 

Marquise aquamarine engagement puzzle ring in palladium or platinum

Marquise aquamarine engagement puzzle ring shown in palladium. This puzzle ring is also available in platinum, 14K white, yellow, or rose gold, four colors of 14K gold (yellow, white, rose, green) or any combination of these precious metals.

We love this image of the puzzle ring, because the aquamarine appears very sparkly. 

Jewelry with gemstones is notoriously difficult to photograph. Sometimes the lighting is just right to make a photo pop like this one does. But it also depends, of course, on the characteristics of the stone. 

Aquamarine, like many colored gemstones, may vary in quality and visual characteristics depending upon the mine from which it comes – so availability changes over time. 

Of the three photos (the one to the left; the one that it links to; and the one below), the one below of the bridal set is probably the most true representation of aquamarine gemstones currently available.  

However, you need to bear in mind that depending on how your monitor is calibrated, you may not be seeing the truest color. 

We think aquamarine is simply sublime, reminding us of a tropical ocean and a gentle sea breeze.

Enjoy it in an engagement puzzle ring and impress your friends and loved ones with your assembly skill. We offer video puzzle ring instructions on our site, and it’s easy to learn.

If you wish to order this puzzle ring, it’s shown in our store under this link. Or click on the image to the left.

 

 

 

 

0.70CT Aquamarine Engagement Puzzle Ring with Five-Diamond Shadow Band

The aquamarine at left is the truest representation of aquamarines available today. AAA grade (best) aquamarine is very clear and transparent. The only higher quality is found in a certified gemstone, and those tend to be larger, usually 1CT and higher. This is because certifying gemstones is expensive, and only the larger stones are certified. If you would like us to source a certified gemstone for your ring, please contact us directly. There are usually few certified aquamarines available, but we can search for you.

The aquamarine at left is 0.70CT. We cannot always get this size, but if you wish to order this puzzle ring bridal set, we’ll scale the diamond ring so it’s perfectly proportioned for the aquamarine on your engagement puzzle ring.

 

 

Our puzzle rings and bridal sets are individually handmade to your order. The puzzle ring is hand-woven, which means that every loop and curve of the puzzle ring is formed by hand. Then the diamond shadow band is created from an individually hand-carved wax which is custom made to fit to the curves of the puzzle ring. Once cast, the diamonds are set, and the shadow band is meticulously finished by hand to ensure that it fits perfectly with your puzzle ring.

Marquise Diamond Engagement Puzzle Ring with Posy Ring Bridal Sets

Our customers love to pair our engagement puzzle rings with posy rings for a unique bridal set exclusive to Crystal Realm. Different companies offer puzzle rings. Other companies offer posy rings. But only Crystal Realm offers bridal sets with puzzle rings and posy rings together.  What makes our bridal sets so unique? First, our puzzle rings are not just any puzzle rings. Each one is custom hand-woven for the very stone shape and size that you select. We use round, marquise, and princess-cut stones to make our styles of puzzle rings. This means you may have any diamond or colored gemstone in a size from 0.33CT or larger on the puzzle ring of your choice. Then our handmade posy rings are matched to the puzzle ring for a bridal set you will find nowhere else.

On this page, we show medium-weight, marquise diamond puzzle rings paired with a very special posy ring. 

One of our most beloved posy rings is the Renaissance reproduction ring: yovrs onli, in 16th C. period English spelling. This posy ring is a reproduction of an original now found in the British Museum. On the outside of this posy ring is a stunning Celtic design that looks gorgeous in every color of gold.

Marquise diamond, four piece puzzle ring with a yovrs onli posy ring in yellow gold

Marquise diamond, four band puzzle ring with a ‘yovrs onli’ English Renaissance reproduction posy ring. The diamond size is 0.46CT, and this ring can hold up to a 0.72CT diamond, as shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marquise diamond puzzle ring with yovrs onli posy ring in white gold

A 0.72CT, marquise diamond, four band puzzle ring is paired with a yovrs onli posy ring, all in 14K white gold. You may order this set with a diamond size starting at 1/3CT. For a diamond larger than 0.72CT, we will make the puzzle ring just a little heavier, and it will still look beautiful with this posy ring.

All of our posy rings are available with or without antiquing. The antiquing is the slight darkening of the letters or the design elements of a posy ring. Both of the posy rings shown on this page are antiqued. The puzzle rings shown on this page were woven with a standard weave.

See marquise puzzle ring weave choices.

To order either bridal set shown on this page, please call 1-866-573-7381 or contact us by email.

March 2018

Crystal Clear Toasting Glasses – Arthur and Guinevere

Crystal Clear Toasting Glasses – Arthur and Guinevere

This pair of clear toasting glasses is sumptuous in pewter, crystal, and 23K gold. Guinevere’s dress is finely detailed. She holds a 23K gold plated rose with an  Austrian crystal in the center of the blossom. Austrian crystals embellish her crown. From her belt hangs a beautiful purse. Arthur is dressed in a cape with a dragon finely inscribed on the back. Chain mail peeps through the slits in his sleeves. His sword is plated with 23K gold. And lastly his crown is studded with Austrian crystals. 

When you place them together, they form a heart in the space between them. Separate them for drinking.  Our foundry will make your order by hand, and you will cherish them on your special day. The Arthur and Guinevere clear toasting glasses usually ship in two to four weeks, so please order early enough for delivery. These glasses each hold 12 fluid ounces when filled to the brim, so you will pour about 10 ounces.

Purple Toasting Glasses – Arthur and Guinevere

Arthur and Guinevere Purple Toasting Glasses / Wine Glasses

This heart shaped pair of purple toasting glasses is resplendent in pewter, crystal, and 23K gold. Guinevere’s dress is finely detailed; she holds a 23K gold plated rose accented with an Austrian crystal, and Austrian crystals adorn her crown. A beautiful purse hangs from her belt. Arthur is dressed in a cape with a dragon finely inscribed on the back. Chain mail shows through the slits in his sleeves. He holds a 23K gold plated sword, and his crown is also studded with Austrian crystals. 

Together on your banquet table, these purple toasting glasses form a heart in the space between them. When you separate them and pick up each glass, you’ll find they are comfortable to hold. Hand-made to your order, they are sure to impress on your special day. We usually ship in two to four weeks, so please plan to order early enough for delivery. These glasses each hold 12 oz. when filled to the brim, so realistically, you may pour about 10 oz. 

Purple Champagne Glasses – Dragon Heart and Dragon Wing Heart Champagne Flutes

Best-Selling Purple Champagne Glasses: Dragon Heart and Dragon Wing Heart Toasting Glasses

Here are our best selling purple champagne glasses in two styles of dragon heart toasting flutes.  Our pewter artists have been making these purple champagne glasses since 1978, and every year they become more popular. It’s no wonder why! The detail of the dragon sculptures is unsurpassed.

Each pewter base for the champagne glass is created from an original, hand-carved wax sculpture. The sculpture must be finished to perfection – each delicate detail exactly as the artist intends it in the final product. As you can imagine, if there were any problems with the wax sculpture, they would be transferred to the mold and then to the casting, so this is why the original sculpture must be perfected. 

These champagne glasses are made in a remarkable process. Every day when these purple champagne glasses are shipped to our customers, we take for granted how lovely and perfect they are. But their creation has taken many difficult and challenging steps.

Purple toasting glasses with dragon heart stems

Purple champagne glasses with dragon heart stems. These purple champagne glasses form a heart when at rest and are comfortable in your hands when separated. Austrian crystal eyes and baubles among the rocks at the bases bring a touch of sparkle to the drink-safe pewter bases.

Once the sculpture of the dragon base for  these champagne glasses is perfected, a mold will be made. A mold contains an exact “negative” of the sculpture. It is a block of material that has an empty chamber in the shape of the original sculpture. Now wax is poured into the mold. It is swished around until the coating of wax inside the chamber is the correct thickness. Now there is a hollow wax copy of the original sculpture, and it is removed from the mold. This wax is detailed carefully to remove all signs of the parting line where the two halves of the mold came together. The next step is spruing, in which the hollow wax sculpture is attached to a tree-like structure through which the molten metal will flow.

This sprued wax copy is now dipped again and again into a slurry of gravelly material until it coats the hollow wax copy to a thickness of up to one-half inch. This dry shell is now heated in a kiln until it becomes very hard. During this process, the wax runs out. Now the hard shell is placed in sand, with the open end up. Molten metal is poured through the sprues, until the hard shell is completely filled with pewter. It is allowed to cool. Then the hard shell is broken away. Now each pewter dragon heart champagne glass base is finished by hand to remove all traces of casting, a painstaking process involving much detail work. At last, a polished piece emerges. Of course, it takes two of these sculptures to make a pair of these remarkable purple champagne glasses. 

Once cast and finished, the pewter dragon sculptures must be hand-adorned. Now the artist applies Austrian crystals for eyes. The artist also places round Austrian crystals in the rocks at the bases. Finally, the champagne glass itself is hand-applied. Your pair is ready to ship! Enjoy these exceptional purple champagne glasses on  your special day.

purple dragon heart champagne glasses

Purple champagne glasses: Dragon wing heart champagne glasses with amethyst crystal eyes and amethyst crystals in the rocks at each base. They form at heart when at rest on your banquet table, and they are comfortable to hold when separated in your hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will hand these amazing purple champagne glasses down to your children!

Clear Champagne Glasses / Clear Toasting Flutes

Every pair of our pewter champagne glasses is beautiful with clear flutes. Just as with our colored glasses, many are adorned with Austrian crystal accents. Each pair of clear champagne glasses and our single Celtic wine glass is handmade in a small foundry on the U.S. West Coast, or, as some like to say, the Left Coast. Whichever you prefer, there is no doubt that many artists reside there and create one of a kind works of art, as do our toasting flutes artists.

Dragon heart champagne flutes with Austrian crystals

Dragon heart clear champagne glasses with Austrian crystals. You may choose the color of the crystal eyes and the crystals in the rocks on each base.

Clear wine glasses with Arthur and Guinevere stems, Austrian crystals, and 23k gold accents

Clear toasting glasses with Arthur and Guinevere stems, Austrian crystal accents, and 23K gold embellishments. The detail work on her dress and his cape is outstanding. His cape has a dragon engraved on the back.

Celtic clear toasting glasses with knotwork heart stems

Celtic clear champagne flutes with knotwork heart stems. This is a very heavy, substantial pair of toasting glasses. Like all of our heart shaped pairs, they are comfortable to hold when separated in your hands.

Clear champagne glasses with 23k plated roses and a heart shape

Clear toasting flutes with 23k plated roses on pewter rose vine stems in a heart shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celtic wine glass or communion glass in clear

Celtic clear communion glass or wine glass. Celtic knotwork embellishes these very solid stems. Please note these are sold individually, so order two for a pair.

Clear toasting flutes with dragon wing heart stems

Clear champagne flutes with dragon wing heart stems. You may choose the color of Austrian crystal eyes and matching crystals in the rock bases.

Clear toasting flutes with Celtic heart stems

Clear champagne glasses with Celtic knotwork embellished stems

Blue Toasting Flutes / Champagne Glasses

Our handmade toasting flutes are offered with five colors of glasses, including two shades of blue: royal blue and sapphire blue – a light pastel or powder blue.
The artist from the foundry creates each base by sculpting an original wax sculpture. From that, a mold is made, and then each piece is cast from that mold. Sparkling Austrian crystals are hand-applied to most of the designs, and then the glass flutes or wine goblets are added. Your children will cherish these heirloom quality pieces, when you hand them down. And you never need to worry about breakage, as we can replace the glasses for $25 each (2018 pricing), including shipping and handling, once you have sent them back to the foundry. Please contact us if your glass breaks. 

Here they are in glorious blues!

Sapphire blue toasting glasses with Celtic heart stems

Celtic sapphire blue champagne glasses form a heart when at rest and are comfortable to hold when separated in your hands

Girl-boy blue champagne glasses with fairies in a heart shape

Girl-boy royal blue champagne flutes with fairies forming a heart shape embellished with Austrian crystals.

Blue toasting glasses with peacock stems and Austrian crystals

Sapphire blue champagne glasses with peacock stems embellished with Austrian Crystal hearts and rounds.

Dragon wing heart champagne flutes with Austrian crystals

Royal blue dragon wing heart champagne glasses with Austrian crystal eyes and Austrian crystals among the rocks at the bases.

Arthur and Guinevere sapphire blue toasting glasses in pewter with 23k gold and austrian crystal trim

Sapphire blue toasting glasses are held by Arthur and Guinevere in pewter. Her roses and his sword are embellished with 23k gold, and Austrian crystals adorn their crowns and the sword.

Sapphire blue dragon heart toasting glasses

Dragon heart champagne flutes in sapphire blue with Austrian crystal accents for eyes and among the rocks at the bases.

Royal blue wine glass or communion goblet with Celtic knotwork stem

Royal blue communion glass or wine glass with pewter bases encrusted with Celtic knotwork. These are sold individually, so please order two for a pair.

Blue champagne glasses with fairies in a heart shape

Blue toasting glasses with fairies in a heart shape when at rest and comfortable in your hand when separated. Each fairy is studded with Austrian crystal. This pair is boy-girl, and same gender pairs are available.

Royal blue champagne flutes with Celtic bases

Royal blue toasting glasses with Celtic knotwork on each drink-safe pewter base. Though you do not drink from the base, it is important to note that this pewter is lead-free, so it is safe to handle.

Blue champagne glasses are held by winged dragons in pewter forming a heart when at rest

Sapphire blue toasting flutes held by winged dragons in pewter with Austrian crystal eyes and crystal touches in the rocks. They  form a heart when at rest and are comfortable to hold when separated.