Puffed Heart, Pave Diamond Heart Collection
One of our favorite projects has long been our puffed heart collection, which includes pave diamond heart necklaces, pave diamond heart rings, and pave diamond heart earrings. Over a period of approximately 30 years, we have created an enormous variety of fine jewelry pieces that fit into this collection. Many of these pieces could be considered custom jewelry, meaning they were produced according to one customer’s desire, but the bulk of our diamond heart jewelry has been made in five basic patterns. Additionally, we have made diamond heart jewelry in a variety of metals, but by far the greatest number of such pieces have been produced in platinum.
Why platinum? We have made far more diamond hearts in platinum than in any other metal because the properties of the metal are unsurpassed for the purpose. Platinum is extremely strong. Therefore, it is possible to create a piece of jewelry that appears to be made up entirely of diamonds. The structural members of the piece of jewelry that are made up of platinum can be relatively thin, allowing more space for diamonds. This is exactly what is needed when creating a puffed pave diamond heart, that is covered with diamonds to the maximum degree. Platinum is also excellent for making puffed pave diamond hearts because it can be polished to a high luster and because its color, white, closely approximates the color of the most often used diamonds in fine jewelry, which is also white.
Though platinum has long been our metal of choice when crafting puffed heart, pave diamond heart necklaces, pave diamond heart rings, pave diamond heart earrings, and pave diamond heart pendants, there are other diamond and metal combinations that are without peer for their striking beauty. Examples include pave yellow diamonds set in 18k yellow gold and pave pink diamonds set in 18k rose gold. While platinum is unrivalled for its strength, these diamond and gold combinations are without equal for their astonishing color harmony and brilliance.
When it comes to color, there is no jewelry metal that can compare to gold. This is because there are only two metals on our planet that have color at all. Those two are gold and copper. Copper, by itself, is not desirable for jewelry, as it turns people’s skin green when it oxidizes. Copper, when alloyed with other metals to make brass or bronze, though it can look pretty, still has that nasty tendency to discolor a person’s skin. Only when alloyed with gold does copper come into its own, resulting in metals that have color, are relatively strong, and lack the propensity to change the hue of one’s skin.
It is by adding combinations of copper and silver to gold that varying colors are obtained such as: yellow gold, containing approximately equal parts of gold and silver; pink or rose gold, containing more copper and less silver; and green gold, containing more silver and less copper. The alloying (mixing) of gold with other metals can get a lot more complicated than this simplistic explanation, and there are other colors that are achievable, but this writing is only intended as a basic explanation. Perhaps one day I will go into greater detail for those who would find the information useful rather than boring.
Before I leave the topic of gold for now, I would like to address the question that may be on your mind; why add copper or silver at all? Why not just use pure gold? The answer has to do with strength, durability, and softness. While gold in its pure state is very beautiful, it is so soft that it would get bent out of its intended shape very easily; it lacks sufficient strength to securely hold gemstones set in it, and it wears away too fast to hold a polish in the short run, or to keep from being worn away in the long run.
Platinum, while lacking color, excels in every other respect. It is strong, resistant to wearing away, and hard enough to hold its shape. It takes a polish well and keeps that polish. When white diamonds are set in platinum, the metal can seem to blend away, appearing as though the piece is made up entirely of diamonds.
Our pave’ puffed diamond hearts, due to the excellence in their craftsmanship, and due to the excellence in their materials are timelessly beautiful, delicate in appearance, and yet are extremely durable. They are heirloom pieces that can be passed down in your family for literally countless generations.
I have often thought that one of our pave’ puffed diamond hearts would last a thousand years if it was reasonably taken care of. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to prove or disprove this theory in a lifetime. I once had a client who had purchased many of them say to me, “Your hearts are so well made that you could drive a truck over one without doing damage!” Now, this theory could be proven or disproven in a lifetime, but I do not recommend it, and I offer no such guarantee.
We make puffed pave’ diamond heart jewelry in a variety of patterns.
There are five primary patterns in which we make heart pendants that are worn as a necklace, using a pass-through chain. These include:
Our smallest puffed pave’ diamond heart, which is roughly 11.3 millimeters in height, (about the size of a dime when viewed face on) containing 33 diamonds, with a total diamond weight of approximately 0.57 carats. This heart uses 1.8-millimeter diamonds toward the center, tapering to 1.3-millimeter diamonds toward the edges.
Our second-smallest puffed pave’ diamond heart, which is roughly 12 millimeters in height, (about the size of a penny when viewed face on) containing 65 diamonds, with a total diamond weight of approximately 0.97 to 1.00 carats. This heart uses 1.9-millimeter diamonds near the center, tapering to 1.0-millimeter diamonds at the extreme edges.
Our mid-sized puffed pave’ diamond heart which is roughly 14.7 millimeters in height, (about the size of a nickel when viewed face on) containing 68 diamonds, with a total diamond weight of approximately 1.50 carats. This heart uses 2.2-millimeter diamonds at center, tapering to 1.0-millimeter diamonds at the outermost edges.
Our second largest puffed pave’ diamond heart, which is around 15.8 millimeters in height, (between the size of a nickel and a quarter) containing 69 diamonds, with a total diamond weight of approximately 2.10 carats. This heart uses 2.6-millimeter diamonds in the vicinity of center, tapering to 1.3-millimeter diamonds at the edges.
Our largest puffed pave’ diamond heart, which is in the vicinity of 17.8 millimeters in height, (about the size of a quarter) containing 65 diamonds, with a total diamond weight of approximately 3.00 carats. This heart uses 2.8-millimeter diamonds near the center, tapering to 1.5-millimeter diamonds at the edges.