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Brent Neale Winston Ring Design

Striking the Right Note

5: Brent Neale

As soon as I saw the hexagonal shaped blue chalcedony, I knew I wanted to make it the focal point of the piece. I also really love baguettes, and I use them a lot in my work so I really wanted to use the mint green beryls to accent the chalcedony. Sometimes when you’re trying to fit a bunch of stones into a piece, it can feel like you’re forcing it. But that wasn’t the case here—they seemed to work together perfectly.

I love rings, and these stones just seemed to scream big ring to me. I envisioned a fun, chunky cocktail ring that Sarah could easily wear during the day or when hitting the town after work. It’s a piece being created to mark a special occasion, so I wanted it to look special. I designed it in 18k yellow gold because it’s flattering with all skin tones and it looks great with most colored gemstones, especially in big cocktail pieces.

I like clean simple lines, and I try to avoid using prongs in my work so all of the stones are gypsy set. The settings almost give the stones the appearance that they’re floating in the ring. Sometimes when you start a project, things don’t go the way you think they will, but that wasn’t the case here. This one worked out just as I envisioned.

Brent Neale is the owner of Brent Neale in New York City.

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