An Illusion

Illusion setting

Vintage Reproductions– We have written before about how we often will have clients coming to us wanting to replicate an antique design based on a family heirloom, which happened in this instance. Last year a couple came to us with a diamond set, yellow gold ring which belonged to the Grandmother, the central diamond had been set in an illusion setting and was surrounded by a halo of twelve old cut diamonds. This type of setting creates the ‘illusion’ that the central stone is actually larger than it really is,  this is achieved by using ‘rippled’ metal in a halo around the stone, allowing light to be reflected much like the facets within a diamond. This technique was brought back into fashion by French jeweller, Oscar Massin (known for his contribution to Art Nouveau jewellery) in the 19th century.


We wanted to keep the design of the new ring as close as we could to the original piece, using a similar arrangement of stones as well as 18ct yellow gold. We also used a cushion cut diamond in the centre, replacing that illusion setting bringing the design up to date, as well as small round brilliant cuts in the halo instead of the old cuts used in the original.

finished ring

It was important for us to be sympathetic to the original antique design, so not to loose any of the essence or character, but also create a brand new piece of jewellery. We felt this was  a very successful reproduction and we hope you agree! For more information on our vintage reproductions click here.

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