Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Customization Part IV Band Setting Style for Side Diamonds

"...but babe, I want more bling!", a phrase I often hear in my 3 years in JannPaul. 😁

Why are girls so inlove with bling stuffs? Simple, it is super pretty and you can play with more designs when you have them! 

Let's start of with how they can be set on the band.

Here is the video for illustration!


Please watch out for our next blogs. We will talk more about ring customization. 

-Joy Barcelona

JP Diamond Ring Customization Process

Each of our rings are individually handcrafted by our Master Crafter, where we are able to provide you a full customization service! From the material and design of the band to the intricacy of the prong head, everything can be customized to your preference!

In this video, we'll walk through with you of what to expect and how we can go about to customize your perfect ring!


1. After you have selected your diamond, we would scan it into our Sarin machine which would give us a virtual dimension of your exact diamond.

2. A 3D render of your ring design will be created with your virtual diamond, with a 360 degrees view of your design. The 3D render can be further revised to your preference.

3. When you have selected your final 3D render, we may superimpose your diamond ring on to your partner's hand. This will allow you to visualize how your diamond and ring design will look on her finger! You may check out more about our superimpose technology here.

4. If you would like, we may use your 3D render file to create a wax mold of your ring! This will give you a physical feel and view of how your ring design will look in real life. You may read out more about our Revo wax machine here.

5. With your approval, we will proceed to handcraft your final ring and begin creating your masterpiece!

All of our rings comes with,
- Lifetime warranty
- Complimentary cleaning and prong checks
- 2 free re-sizing
- 2 free replating and repolishing
- 1 free laser engraving

Feel free to call us at 67332925 or email at sales@jannpaul.com to find out more.

- Casey Lai


Monday, 17 July 2017

Flower Lotus Diamond Engagement Ring Design with Rosegold Petal Prongs

A Super Ideal Cut diamond on a customised flower theme ring solitaire ring, with rosegold petal prongs. Adding rosegold elements to your ring helps create a contrast to highlight its features. While leaving the band tapered (thick to thin towards the diamond), it emphasizes the main diamond, giving it a stronger and larger presence.

All of our ring customizations comes with a 3D render, where we are able to design your ring to your preference before crafting! Email us at sales@jannpaul.com to find out more.



- Casey Lai

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A Pave Double Band Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

Here's a Super Ideal Cut diamond on a customized pave double band twist design. The ring is handcrafted in 18k white gold, beautifully made to be proportional to the main diamond. 

The side profile of this design is made in such a way that you can view the completely (unblocked) side view of the diamond, giving the appearance that the main diamond is suspended in the air! This is a popular feature for 4 prongs designs, which can bring out the main diamond.


Stay tune to our Youtube Channel for more videos, https://www.youtube.com/user/JPJannPaul

- Casey Lai

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Customization Part III: Crown Height and Tray

Very often, a rings' crown is neglected! 

"It's just a small part, won't be noticed!"

That's where you're mistaken!

In this post, I will be showing you the importance of the crown, its height and the tray designs.

Have you ever come across a friend, colleague or just a random individual with an engagement ring taller than what you're used to seeing? It typically comes with intricate curvatures on the sides, some nicer than others.

Have you ever wondered why this is the case? "Is this for added beauty or maybe it's just to hold the diamond higher?"

Here are a few reasons why some ladies prefer a higher ring setting

1) In many cases, higher settings are more easily matched with wedding bands. The height of a setting allows another band to sit-in nicely, thus, making it a popular option for ladies planning to stack their engagement ring and wedding band together.



2) Just like a celebrity wanting the limelight to themselves, they usually try to stand-out. More relevant to women than men, women tend to wear heels for this very reason! The same goes for a diamond on a higher setting, it elevates and this makes it appear slightly bigger and more pronounced!

3) Some ladies prefer to add more details and in order to so, would require more space. One way  to achieve this is to set the diamond higher, leaving enough gap for more artsy designs. I will leave the artistic part for later, so as to discuss it in further detail.

So the question is, would you be wearing it on a daily basis? 

If so, are you comfortable with a protruding diamond? Although all diamonds protrude slightly, a higher than average setting would be more prone to knocks when you go about your daily stuff. This may be one point to note, when considering a higher setting.



Photo credits to, instagram user liina_lu
Once you've decided between the higher or lower setting, you may then opt for additional designs to the prongs. Bear in mind that higher settings tend to give more room to accommodate more intricate designs.

Artistic Trays

One of the ways you can make your high or even low setting look nicer is by adding artistic trays. A tray is basically a bar that holds two prongs together, aside for added aesthetics, it also provides more security, to ensure the diamond doesn't fall off, should the prongs loosen over time. 




Below are some samples of trays you may refer to.
Do note that, you may also customize the color, be it white, rose gold or yellow gold.
And you do not have to worry about the color being reflected to your diamond because all our Signature cut diamonds always reflect light back, causing light leakage to be very minimal! 

Classic Tray (Bar)



V or Inverted V Tray



Heart Tray (Solid, Hollow or Filled)

Shaped trays like this may be solid, hollow or filled with diamond or other gemstones. However, certain gems have limitations to the size they can be cut to. As such, bigger trays may be required for certain gemstones.



 Round Tray

                                  


Initial Tray



Filigree-like Tray

Filigree is gold formed into delicate tracery or branching patterns. It may form into different shapes like this.



Petal Crown Head



Aside from these samples, there are many more to consider from!. Go ahead and think out of the box and we'll definitely help you bring it to life! With the advancements in 3D modeling and crafting,  the sky is the limit when it comes to designs!

If you require professional advice, do drop by and we will be happy to help you out!

- Joy Barcelona

Friday, 2 June 2017

Visualize Your Diamond Ring into Reality

Ever wondered how your diamond ring will look on your partner's hand? This video would be perfect for you!

Using the latestest cutting edge technology, we are able to scan your diamond into our program to get its exact dimensions. Using its dimensions, we will create a 3D render of your ring design, which will be done proportional to your main diamond and finger size!

By using a simple handshot of your partner's hand, we will superimpose your diamond and ring design on her hand, giving it a 99% accuracy of how your engagement ring will turn out!

Watch this video to find out more :)



- Casey Lai

Sunday, 28 May 2017

What You Need To Know About Diamond Color Tints

A diamond can have a several color tints, such as yellow, brown, green or grey. 

Brown, green or grey color tinted diamonds should be avoided because the diamond will look darker for their color grade. These color tints may not be reflected on the GIA certificate due to its hue.


An industry term for this is BGM (Brown, Greenish, Milky) diamonds. Always ensure that your diamond has ''No BGM''.




In the diamonds that we used in this video, they are G Color. All 3 piles of diamonds are G Colors, but in different color hues.

For all of our diamonds, we always ensure that there are no brown, green or grey tints. In addition, we do not accept diamonds with milkiness. Diamonds with these characteristics will not be reflected on the GIA/AGS certificate and are priced lower for these negative effects. Visually inspect your diamond for this or check with your jeweller. 

- Casey Lai

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Customization Part II: Prong Tips

As promised in my previous blog, I will try my best to discuss in full detail all the possible customization ideas that can be done, from the very minor detail up to the dramatic ones. In this article, I will focus on the shape of the prong tips.

Prong is the little metal claw that grips the diamond tightly to hold it securely in its place. It is the long metal part of the crown. However, in most cases its tips are never noticed and dealt with.



As it is a very minute part of the diamond ring, you'll be amazed to know that you can still customize
it! Here's a few samples of Different Styles of the Prong Tip.

1) Sharp Prong tips

It is one of the most widely used prong shape that looks very sleek and elegant. It blends into the diamond that compliments its shape nicely.

2) Round Prong Tips

One of the advantages of going for round prong tip is it covers so little of the surface of the diamond that it's barely noticeable. Despite its minimal hold on the diamond itself, this prong shape still provides a very strong clasp to the diamond making it one of the most popular choice of guys choosing their diamond prong setting.

3) Heart Shape Prong Tips

If you want your setting to have a bit of more thought, you may settle to go with heart shape prongs. Aside from its lovely meaning, it will add in to the over-all aesthetic of the diamond ring. However, I would be only recommending this shape for settings which consist of 4 prongs, cause one drawback of going for this shape is it will be quite bulkier as compared to the others.  Using heart shape tips for 6 prong settings, might make it look a bit too crowded.

4) Double Claw

This type of claw gives the illusion that the prongs are slimmer but in fact it's just similar thickness as the sharp prong, just that every prong is composed of 2 slender claws that extends to the diamond in a similar way that sharp prong does. Another variation of this is to do it in double but rounded prong tips.

5) L Shape Prong Tips

For diamonds with different shape such as princess cuts, a more secured prong tip is advised. L shape prong will provide a better grip on the diamonds tips making it both secured from dropping and safe from chipping.

6) Customized Prong Tips

Supposing that you are very creative and you got your own idea of how you want the prong to look like, you may also customize it as you wish. We do provide customization services that will enable you to mix-and-match the diamond, design and prong tips as how you envisioned it to be. It may be a cushion shape prongs, rectangular prongs and so on.

Ultimately, we always go back to the key function of it. Irregardless of its shape, we make sure that it serves its purpose of keeping your diamond safe while you wear it daily.


Written by: Joy Barcelona

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Don't Get Cheated: Top 5 Tricks Jewellers Use

Buying a diamond ring can be a long journey. The last thing you want is to get hustled by your jeweller.

Several of our clients have shared with us their stories of these cases that happened to them. This happens more common that you think! I've compiled the 5 most common tricks that jewellers do.

Shop safe!


- Casey Lai

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Customization Part I: How many prongs on a ring?

A diamond ring is a little sparkly thing that adorns a lady’s hand, mostly to signify that soon she’ll be one with her better half. Despite its modest size, it contains many little details that are carefully designed to symbolize your love and marriage.

In my next few blogs, I will discuss in detail all the possible customization ideas that can be done, from the very minor detail up to the dramatic ones. If you have more suggestions to add, please feel free to leave your comments below. Who knows, it might help some readers to complete their own dream proposal ring :)

Let’s start from the top – The Crown!

If you ever wonder what difference does the number of prongs make, this would be a perfect read up for you!

  • Half bezel (that looks like 2 Prongs)

    With its thick metal on either side of the diamond, it will help protect and secure the stone while still being able to see some parts of it.

    The side profile allows you to see more of the diamond, giving it a clean and ''prongless''' look. It keeps the top view simple, without any prongs or tips covering the diamond.




  • 3 ProngsThis is generally offered for fancy shape diamonds such as pear or heart. It's rarely used for round or square shaped diamonds due to safety reasons. 







  • 4 Prongs

    It can be set either 4 corners or NSEW orientation. While both would show more of the diamond while viewed from the side, they differ in the look when they are face-up. 4 cornered orientations give a more square-ish feel to the diamond while NSEW can help to make the diamond look rounder.

    The over-all impression you want to achieve will boil down to your preference on whether you want a more squareish or roundish feel.


4 Prongs setting is also the recommended number of prong to showcase a Cushion Brellia and the Octagon D’Amor.




  • 5 Prongs

    It is not as popular as the others due to it being unsymmetrical with the band, where 3 of the prongs will be on one side and 2 would be on the other. But some ladies prefer it due to its distinctiveness and rarity. Also, some find that it represents a hand (5 fingers) holding onto the diamond or it gives a star shape.




  •  6 Prongs

    This is one of the top picks of guys who want to keep their proposal ring simple and classic. Although 6 prongs will hide more of the diamond from the side profile, it will give the diamond a more rounded effect when viewed from top.


Although some would prefer to go over 6 prongs, I would recommend otherwise maintaining the limelight on the diamond and not the prongs.
If you're not a fan of the protruding prongs, don't worry, you can still go without the prongs. 😱
Relax! Your diamond will still be secured.

You may also check out this video below, where my colleague Casey did a video of 4 prongs Versus 6 prongs.



  • Full bezel

    This setting would completely surround the diamond to hold it in place; it gives very good protection to the girdle of the diamond. However, it may conceal significant parts of the diamond from the side profile view.


Aside from the beauty that the Crown offers, its also meant to keep the diamond secured. No matter how many prongs or what type of bezel you go for, rest assured, we've got you covered!

Watch out for my next blog post, where I will discuss about the different type or prong tips you can customise!

Cheers!

-Joy Barcelona

Monday, 27 February 2017

A Customized Solitaire Diamond Ring with Wings


The sky's the limit for our ring customization services. All of our ring customization services comes with complimentary 3D renders where we'll create a realistic 3D image of your ring design, based on your diamond and finger proportions. This will give you a realistic view of your ring design in various angles.

We were approached by a client to customise a solitaire wing designed ring for his partner. He selected a Super Ideal Cut diamond, which is known for its outstanding fire and brilliance (as you can see in the video below). The wings was done in rose gold, while we left the band in white gold to highlight that features of the design and to bring out the intricate feather details of the ring.

In our first 3D render, we created a draft below to get a rough idea of the overall look and feel of the ring. We made the feathers overlaying each other, with the outline of the wings following the contour of the band.



After some brainstorming and a few tweaks, we ended up with the finalized design below!
To make the wings more realistic, we modelled it to look as it is flapping upwards towards the sky. The feathers and wings was made longer to highlight the detailing of each feather, giving the whole ring a realistic appearance.



Have a look at the video below and see how the finshed ring turned out!


- Written by Casey Lai

Friday, 10 February 2017

Joanne & Colin’s Engagement in the Land of Smiles

“Looking back, it couldn't have worked out better for us - experiences in life, and the maturity with age helped establish a relationship with a strong foundation of trust and respect.” –Colin Chow

Joanne and Colin have known each other for years. The first time they met was as colleagues more than 10 years back. Somehow, Joanne had already caught Colin’s eye back then but they didn't hit it off. Life went on, and they went separate ways. Both have moved on at work and in life, until about 3 years ago where they met again and started developing a renewed friendship.

After a year of serious relationship, Colin felt that it’s about time to bring their relationship to the next level.

Colin’s Proposal Ring Journey


Compared to other guys who do their research subtly, Colin started his, by getting some ideas on what Joanne's preferences are by visiting jewelers with her to do some "window shopping".  They went to almost all high-street and non-name brand jewelers and established that she liked a halo setting in rose gold. As it turns out, Colin actually had stronger preferences of what the engagement ring should look like that gave to the following requirements:

(1) Colin wanted the design to be based off the Claddagh ring. This is because they shared some special memories in Ireland, and the symbolism of the claddagh that they both have is deeply meaningful to Colin- "love, loyalty and friendship"

(2) It’s their preference not to get a diamond of too high carat so that she could wear the ring daily comfortably.

(3) They wanted to incorporate elements that would give it a more classic look such as filigree and milgrain

(4) and many other requirements. 😏


Why JannPaul?


“The main reason why I chose JP is because of the quality of the staff and how JP catered to my needs. Other jewellers were more interested to sell me what they had than to understand what I required in an engagement ring. When I visited JP without an appointment, they gave me a primer on diamond buying and showed genuine interest in what I was hoping to acquire. With further knowledge gained on the subject matter, and further shopping elsewhere, I decided to proceed with who I thought could best meet my interests - hence, JP. Oh, and also because I fell in love with the cushion Brellia. :)” -Colin



Customization Begins..


After choosing the Cushion Brellia that Colin really likes, the next part of the process is even more strenuous.

How would you incorporate a claddagh and a filigree and milgrain in a single ring?   
 ....while keeping it classic??? 



While everything seems perfect when we imagine it, some designs don’t just compliment all types of ring. And there are some designs that can accentuate the main diamond more. That is when 3D rendering comes in handy!

After a few rounds of designs….


Finally, Colin found the best one that suits his and her girlfriend’s preference.


Instead of incorporating an actual hand on the design, it was replaced with filigree that engulfs the heart, symbolizing the same thing while keeping the engagement ring’s beauty and elegance.





Preparations for the proposal


Despite their very hectic schedule at work, they manage to allot a certain time that they took a break from it all. 



25th of November, under the stars in a private pool in Kamala Beach Thailand, he professed his love. In spite of the short preparation, it was perfect - she was thoroughly surprised happy, and of course, she loved the ring!

Congratulations Joanne & Colin!!

- Written by Joy Barcelona

Thursday, 2 February 2017

JP Signature Cuts Diamonds: Photoshoot

Hello Guys! Let's extend the celebration of the Rooster year with this stunning shots I did this week. 
Photography has always been one of my hobby that I enjoy during my spare time. These are some photos I did on JannPaul's Signature cuts.


The Cushion Brellia (World's first Cushion Hearts & Arrows diamond) sitting on a leaf. This was taken just after a light rain shower. You can still see some remaining rain droplets on the leaf. It highlights the beauty of mother nature; the seosonal cycles and natural formation of the diamond.



This an Octagon Cut Hearts & Arrows diamond standing on top of our internet router, showing you its modern edge and distinct 8 arrows. 



The Solasfera (10 Hearts & Arrows) on a tightly knitted cloth. Notice the strong reflection of the Solasfera at the bottom of the cloth? The Solasfera has 91 facets and extreme scintillaion. It was very difficult to get this shot without the colorful glares from the diamond.



Here's a natural shot of the Super Ideal Cut diamond on a peice of skin wood. I picked this up under the tree on the way to work and thought it would make a nice background with its beutiful texture.

Thank You for checking in this post and I will get back to you on my next diamond photoshoot.
PS:  If you want to have this kind of photos, you can request or email us in JannPaul :)
Just look for me (Sam), and I'll be more than happy to take these photos for you.


- Samuel Belandres

Sunday, 29 January 2017

How to Secretly Measure your Partner's Ring Size

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Here's a video dedicated to all of you guys, who needs some advise on
how to get your girlfriend's ring size secretly.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas on how to go about getting the size,
please feel free to comment on the section below.

We'll be glad to share them with our clients to come!


Before you get down on one knee,

You need to make sure that the ring will fit your wife-to-be..   👰



-Joy Barcelona

Friday, 20 January 2017

A Customised Proposal Ring with Pave Side Diamonds


There are many ways to customise your ring to have it more meaningful and symbolic to you and your partner. Edward approached me back in early 2016 to help him cutomise his perfect proposal ring. He chose a Super Ideal Cut diamond, which known for its amazing light performance aka bling. After all, who wouldn't want a super sparkly diamond? :)

He put alot of effort and thought in his ring design, and shared with us on the small little details and hidden messages he wanted to incorporate into his ring. On the side profile view, a carefully designed "R" is done to represent a boy and a girl, holding hands and kissing. This was meant to be an abstract design to symbolize this, while keeping the elegantly designed. 



After some discussion and several tweaks, we came up with his 3D render to give a preview of his ring! Using the diamond he selected, we laser scanned it into our program, which allowed us to use the same dimensions of his diamond into the 3D render. This gives us a realistic view of his ring's overall proportions. This is very useful for those who have a tough time visualising their ring.
Notice the heart shape tip prongs?


Using the 3D render, we proceeded to handcraft his ring. 
Below is the finished product!




Here's a close up video  :)



 "The actual proposal was actually done at the peak of Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru :) It was 5000 ft above sea level. I showed her a self-made video when we reached the peak, and placed the RnR ring in a custom made book ring box just like the same as in "Up" cartoon movie. After she finished watching the video with the theme : "Our Adventure Book", i kneel down and propose to her. Here are some great photos of the actual proposal 😊 Thanks for sharing the photo of the ring with rainbow backdrop at the Iguazu Fall. We saw the clear rainbow, and it reminded us of the beautiful 121017 moments at the Rainbow Mountain 😊"- Edward Ding







Iguaza Fall in Argentina/Brazil

Congratulations to Edward & Hong Rui!!


- Written by Casey Lai