CUSTOM DESIGNER | DERIC METZGER
DEMER JEWELRY | CARLSBAD, CA

BY BETH BERNSTEIN

Published in the March 2012 issue 

INSPIRATION

  • "For this ring I was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning and bold elements, and unexpected play of dimension and scale. I used 18K gray gold with black rhodium plate accents for a graphic look."

DETAILS

  • "The 'boomerang' bead-set melee wraps around only one side. It adds a bit of sparkle and allows the band to rest on the back without hindering the design."

WELL KEPT SECRETS

  • "The hidden interior scrollwork and black diamonds represent the unexpected beauty we find deep within ourselves and our pasts that might have once been a secret but inevitably contributed to the person we have become."

A STORY TO TELL

  • "This ring reminds me of our relationships, unified and strong on the outside, with a rich complexity only those truly close can appreciate."

WHAT OTHER CUSTOM JEWELERS SAY

JOSH RIDER
Dylan Rings — Montgomery, AL

  • "I like the squared shank to prevent a heavy ring turning."
  • "I might not have put black rhodium under the center emerald cut; I would think this would darken up a bright stone with so few facets."
  • "I like the idea of the diamonds rolling over the side, but from the top, I personally would want them symmetrical.
  • "All in all, a very cool ring."

LEE KROMBHOLZ
Krombholz Jewelers — Cincinnati, OH

  • "A great and intriguing contemporary design. The mix of flat and slightly curved surfaces and the diamond breaking up those surfaces give it a softer feeling.
  • "It has an interesting combination of masculine (the outside) and feminine (the gallery work inside). It's a kind of yin and yang balance."
  • "If I had designed it, I may have pierced part of the top section to expose the detailed under gallery."

MURPHY MCMAHON
Murphy McMahon & Co. Fine Jewelers — Kalispell, MT

  • "This is a well-designed ring, well-constructed, has a nice weighty look to it and is unique, yet not so different that it will be out of style in a few years."
  • "I like the idea of something going on inside the ring. It's a 'secret touch' that adds uniqueness. But, if I were going with that approach, I would have opted for engraving rather than a dimensional feature like gemstones."