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A Diamond Ring with a Place In History

Recently a client showed us a platinum and Old European-cut Diamond ring with a possibly unique family history. Our challenge was to create a wedding band to compliment the style of a ring that is almost 100 years old.

The diamond ring originally belonged to our client’s great-great-aunt, hereafter “Mrs. L ”. At the outbreak of World War II, she was living in the Philippines with her husband, one of the founders of the Manila Stock Exchange. An illness that prevented them from being evacuated with other U.S. citizens had a frightening consequence: when the Japanese invaded​​​ the Philippines they were sent to an internment camp.

At the outset of their imprisonment, Mrs. L. realized that she and her husband would be stripped of all possessions. Fearful of losing the diamond ring that her husband had proposed with in the 1920’s, she hid the cherished ring inside the drain pipe of a building within the camp, in the hope that it would not fall into enemy hands and be lost forever.

Although in poor health, both Mrs. L. and her husband managed to survive their ordeal in the Japanese internment camp. When finally liberated in 1945, Mrs. L. retrieved her diamond ring, untouched in its astutely chosen hiding place.

Some years later, the ring passed from Mrs. L. to her sister, our client’s great-grandmother and in time, down through the generations to the present day when the much-loved ring has just become an engagement ring once again.

After almost a century of wear, this noteworthy diamond ring is in good but not robust condition. Since the need for restoration work would inevitably arise in the near future, we felt it preferable to preserve the integrity of the ring as it is now. Placing a single wedding band alongside would create friction, further wearing the sides of the ring. To prevent this, we designed a pair of wedding bands, contoured for a snug “glove fit” on either side. The antique ring nestles, perfectly aligned, between the connected bands that will fend off much of the normal wear and tear of daily use.

We wanted to ensure that the antique diamond ring and the new bands looked as if they had always belonged together. To complete the impression, the bands were hand-engraved with “bright-cut” decoration in a style appropriate to the date of the diamond ring.

We are honored to have been chosen for such a sensitive and meaningful project, and proud of the trust placed in Villarreal Fine Jewelers by the great-great-grand-niece of Mrs. L.  If the late Mrs. L. is looking down from above, we do hope that she is pleased with the finished results!

Designer- Malcolm Brown
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“I worked with Malcolm to design an engagement ring inspired by some vintage designs…”

“I worked with Malcolm to design an engagement ring inspired by some vintage designs my girlfriend (now fiance!) liked. Based on that we discussed how the design could be enhanced and made even more beautiful than the vintage designs it was inspired from. The process went very smooth and the end result is a ring my fiance adores. Everything about the process was explained up front what I could expect and what everything may cost and how much time everything may take in realistic terms. I ended up getting the final ring a few weeks before the quoted time. Some advice to would-be clients: go in with an open mind and when in doubt defer to the wonderful experts at Villarreal.”

-Stephen C.

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Large, Rare Diamonds Reveal the Inner Workings of Earth’s Mantle

A Diamond Truly Is Forever – in more ways than one. You will never look at a diamond the same way again.

Large and exceptional gem diamonds like the famous Cullinan or Lesotho Promise tend to have a set of physical characteristics that distinguish them from other kinds of diamonds (fig 1). One of the most noted characteristics is a low nitrogen concentration, such that these diamonds are predominantly type II, although not all type II diamonds necessarily belong to this family. New research published in Science reveals that these Cullinan-like gems, dubbed “CLIPPIR” diamonds, tell us something remarkable about the deep earth.

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“Malcolm and Joseph are the best!”

“Malcolm and Joseph are the best. I lost my wedding ring and decided to go to these guys for a new one because my friend got a gorgeous new ring for her 10 yr anniversary. She told me she got it from Villarreal Jewelers. I wanted something out of the ordinary but was feeling overwhelmed. They made it fun and guided me one step at a time. The result was a ring that took my breath away and was unlike anything I could find in the store. I had a vague idea of what I wanted. They listened to me and came up with the ring I could never have described but love so much.”

-Lori S.

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“My wife and I had new rings made to celebrate our 17th year anniversary!”

My wife and I had new rings made to celebrate our 17th year anniversary. Malcolm was a pleasure to work with and a great designer. He listened to us, brought his knowledge and experience to the table to help us make great choices, and made us comfortable throughout the entire process.

Our finished rings are stunning! We’ve gotten tons of compliments on them and love wearing them every day.

I highly recommend Villarreal and Malcolm to anyone looking to have jewelry custom designed.

-Joel H.

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“We were both beyond pleased…”

“My fiancé and I visited Villarreal Fine Jewelers after a friend of ours suggested them. We were trying to find someone that could design a custom wedding band that went well with my vintage engagement ring. We were both BEYOND pleased with our Custom Designer, Malcolm, every step of the way. Not only was he extremely nice and professional, but what he created for me is more than I could have ever imagined. Villarreal’s combination of AMAZING design and craftsmanship combined with their genuine kindness and honesty makes them, in our opinions, the BEST Fine Jewelers in Austin, TX!!! I will forever recommend them and Malcolm to everyone I know! Thank you, thank you, thank you Malcolm for what you designed for us, it is truly a work of art that we will treasure forever!”

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