TWO DIAMOND RING DESIGNS FINALISTS IN 2016 BEST DESIGN AWARDS

NZ Best Design Awards finalist 2016 designed objects

The Inspired Jewellery team was thrilled to hear that two of our diamond ring designs are Finalists in the 2016 Designer's Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards, in the Designed Objects category.

Read about the inspirations and design of the Patai Delicate Diamond Ring and the Rotec Diamond Ring below

The Patai Delicate Diamond Ring

Inspired by the koru, Patai Delicate takes a koru form, sweeps, and suspends a round brilliant diamond.

A creative departure from traditional claw settings

The Patai Delicate diamond ring departs from traditional claw settings using clever design to achieve a fresh contemporary twist. The ring is a genuine solitaire, unencumbered by pave set melee, setting it apart from the diamond engagement rings seen time and time again in national and international jewellery markets. Patai Delicate is created to satisfy those with discerning taste.

Inspiration and style

The ring is inspired by the koru as it unfurls from a tight spiral into a delicate fern leaf, opening up towards the light. This is symbolic of new life, new beginnings, growth, strength and peace. A beautiful and meaningful inspiration when people are getting engaged and starting a new life together.

Patai is a Maori word translated to mean “to ask, question, enquire, cross-examine, provoke and challenge.” It is a constant reminder of why our team are passionate about designing jewellery - we aim to constantly challenge and radically change people's perceptions of what they thought was possible in a ring. This is what our stakeholders have come to expect of our diamond ring designs.

A comfortable, everyday ring

Patai Delicate is light and comfortable to wear, with soft edges, making it a perfect everyday engagement ring. Our pieces aim to forge a whole new design direction yet retain a practical, wearable aesthetic. Patai Delicate follows our clean and functional jewellery design principles, coming back to the basics of a diamond and a hand, and art that forms a connection between the two.

Modern technologies, classic craftsmanship

In crafting Patai Delicate, we have used a blend of modern technologies with classic craftsmanship. The design was initially hand drawn, then evolved in the latest CAD software, tested and refined using 3D printing capabilities, then cast to move into the workshop for final manufacture by our jewellers who take immense pride in their work.

A design such as Patai Delicate which is without claws, is able to be realised through the latest technologies such as laser welding, micro setting and pneumatic tooling. Every step of the design and manufacturing process is checked and monitored by our creative director, master craftsmen, designers, and GIA Accredited Jewelry Professionals.

The Rotec Diamond Ring

best awards nz rotec finalist designed objects 2016

Creating a sense of motion through design

Inspired by the design and engineering of helicopter rotor blades, the Rotec diamond ring takes this inspiration and combines modern design with a tension-set diamond to create a sense of movement. This was achieved by twisting and intersecting platinum and yellow gold. Platinum forms the main shank of the ring, while the yellow gold ‘blades’ act to propel the design, giving a rotational effect. The tension-set diamond is suspended within the design of the ring. Rotec is a very non-traditional ring, and satisfies those who wish to express themselves through modern design.

Rotec epitomises the innovation that underpins all of our jewellery designs. We aim to constantly challenge and radically change people's perceptions of what they thought was possible in a ring. This is what our stakeholders have come to expect of our jewellery.

Engineered as a tribute to the rotor

“The tail rotor of a helicopter is what provides stability and balance. Sometimes contained within a circular tail cut-out, the combination of angled blades contained in a circular form fascinates me. It was this combination that led to the design of Rotec”.

The ring uses angled profiled bands of platinum and gold that twist and intersect around a circular form to create the ring. It is the resultant intersection of these angles that builds the tension housing which finally secures the diamond. The ring is a tribute to those angled blades within a circle. It is a ring whose elements twist and turn to reflect light in and around the diamond, and which ultimately create a solitaire diamond ring that is both practical and wearable. It relies on fine tolerances and intersections of metal to create its own stability and balance, a homage to the rotor.

Modern technologies, classic craftsmanship

In crafting Rotec, we have used a blend of modern technologies with classic craftsmanship. The design was initially hand drawn, then evolved in the latest CAD software, tested and refined using 3D printing capabilities, then cast to move into the workshop for final manufacture by our jewellers who take immense pride in their work.

A design such as Rotec is able to be realised through the latest technologies such as laser welding, micro setting and pneumatic tooling. Every step of the design and manufacturing process is checked and monitored by our creative director, master craftsmen, designers, and and GIA Accredited Jewelry Professionals.