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Rock inlay around square Diamond

This is a very difficult inlay to do.

When the goldsmith sent me this ring, the square tube with the square diamond was already soldered in place. The inlay needed to be cut to fit into the inlay area, with a square hole in the stone, so that it "dropped down" and over the center square diamond and fit tightly in the ring. (see diagram -->

This is a very time-consuming process to get the stone to fit tightly without any glue showing around the edges. I enjoy the challenge.

Ring with an arch of greenish Granite and a square hole in the center with a large square diamond set in a white gold tube.

Finished Rock inlay with square
hole for Diamond

The natural look of this River Rock makes a nice contrast to the princess cut Diamond in the center.

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This ring is also a good example of the use of unique materials. This jewelry designer is located in the Pacific Northwest near the Columbia River. The Columbia river banks are lined with native rock of various colors with beautiful patterns that show up when they are wet, or when the rocks are polished. The rock that is inlaid in this ring is from the banks of the Columbia River. It is popular with his local customers to have a ring that is inlaid with this local material. This ring was designed by Michael Nutter.


Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.