Puffed Heart, Pave Diamond Heart

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
These heart pendants are completely covered on the front with round brilliant full-cut diamonds of very fine quality.  We use diamonds that are generally F+ in color and at least VS in clarity.  We also are receptive to producing these hearts with the customer’s diamonds, in which case a different grade may be used, according to that client’s preferences.
The backs of our hearts are beautifully hand crafted in a lacy pattern, giving them a very delicate appearance.  On the inside, they are nicely azured around each diamond, giving full exposure to the diamond culets.  Indeed, the backs of these hearts are as beautiful as the fronts.
Puffed, Pave’ Diamond Heart Pendants Covered Front and Back with Diamonds with a Pass-Through Chain
In addition to these five primary configurations, we produce four variations that are covered in diamonds on both sides, rather than having a lacy back.  The same diamond layout that is displayed on the front is repeated on the back, and the front and back patterns meet, blending perfectly together on the sides.
The smallest of these double-sided diamond hearts is roughly the size of a penny, and has 156 pave’-set diamonds with a total weight of about 2.15 carats.
The next size of double-sided heart is roughly the size of a nickel, and has 164 pave’-set diamonds with a total weight of around 3.30 carats.
The second largest double-sided heart is between the size of a nickel and a quarter, and has 168 pave’-set diamonds with a total weight of about 4.50 carats.
Our largest double-sided heart is about the size of a quarter, and has 156 pave’-set diamonds with a total weight of approximately 6.50 carats.
Puffed, Pave’ Diamond Heart Rings
We have made several puffed, pave’ diamond heart rings that incorporate any one of the hearts that is used for the three smallest pendant sizes.  These are gracefully mounted on a shank, that has been specifically designed for the purpose, allowing the pave’ puffed heart to be worn as a ring.  The space that would ordinarily be used for placing the heart on a chain, in order to wear it as a necklace, is filled in with diamonds when these heart patterns are used to make rings.
Puffed, Pave’ Diamond Heart Earrings
The two smallest sizes of puffed, pave’ diamond hearts that we produce have also been fashioned into earrings.  This includes an earring with a clip and post style of back that uses spring platinum for the fully-hand-fabricated ear back, a wire hook back variation, and a couple of dangle variations that use a post and nut style of ear back.  All of these variations have been wholly successful.
Custom Made Puffed, Pave’ Diamond Heart Jewelry
Having made more than a thousand individual diamond heart jewelry pieces, we have become quite adept at working with the nuances of the designs.  We can therefore confidently offer our services in producing for you any heart jewelry design that you can imagine, or that we can help you imagine.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a concept that you would love to see manifest in form.
Diamond and Platinum Eternity Earrings
These beautiful diamond earrings are designed to have the appearance of continuous diamonds inside and out and are considered part of our eternity collection.  The platinum in which the diamonds are set is fashioned in a series of arcs, creating a light and lacy effect.  While the lacy effect of the intricate platinum work is attractive, the earrings are carefully designed to make the diamonds the central focus.
The earring backs are hand fabricated in a very unique design, using spring platinum, and provide the security of a post and clip combination.
The fronts are skillfully set with fourteen (seven per earring) 4.7 to 4.8 millimeter round brilliant diamonds.  The inside of the back, which is visible beneath the ear lobe, is carefully set with ten (five per earring) 4.3 to 4.4 millimeter round brilliant diamonds.  The rear-most surface is accented with eight (four per earring) 1.4 millimeter round brilliant diamonds, adding to the effect that there are diamonds everywhere.
These delightful diamond earrings are between twenty five and twenty six millimeters in overall diameter, are comfortable to wear, and are very striking in appearance.  They are constructed of 95% platinum 5% ruthenium alloy, which is very strong and very slow to wear.  The combination of classic beauty and durability makes them a timeless heirloom that can be passed down for many generations within your family.  These earrings are lovingly and carefully crafted at every step of their construction process, as are all of our pieces.
The lacy arcing platinum work on these earrings makes them a perfect match for the other items in our eternity collection, including eternity rings, wreath brooches and pendants, and our matching Riviera necklaces.  All are lovingly crafted to the highest level of excellence.