Serendipity Makes Finalist in 2016 CanadaMark Competition

Finished ring - CanadaMark design 2016 Finalist set with Marquise diamond.

Creating the Ursa ring design

We were delighted to hear that Serendipity Diamonds had been selected as a finalist in the 2016 CanadaMark competition final.

The competition brief was to create a brand new diamond ring design, featuring a CanadaMark diamond. Consideration was given to the value of the ring which could not exceed $500 USD as a proposed selling price.

Voters can win their chosen design by selecting the ring they like best in the link above.

CanadaMark diamonds are sourced from the Ekati and Diavik mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Unlike many of the world’s diamonds, all CanadaMark diamonds are tracked from the mine, through cutting and polishing giving the end buyer disclosure of origin, and the assurance of 100% ethical sourcing. Read more about CanadaMark diamonds.

For the last 2 years, we have supported CanadaMark diamonds as a UK supplier of traceable diamonds. We provide GIA certification with all orders for CanadaMark diamonds.

14 finalists were announced, including other ethical jewellers such as Anna Loucah Ingle and Rhode and Cred.

Creating the design 

For the concept, we decided upon a simple design that would focus upon a singular diamond. We chose a 0.76cts E colour SI1 clarity Marquise cut diamond. It took considerable time and effort to find the perfect diamond, with so few Marquise diamonds cut under the CanadaMark system.

We named our design Ursa after the northern celestial constellation. The design itself was styled on the flowing waters that surround the Ekati mine. We decided to keep the design as simple as possible, complementing the shape of the diamond, whilst designing a unique version of the Marquise solitaire ring style.

First step : concept and sketches

Ursa marquise diamond engagement ring sketch

 

Sketches showing the Ursa design. Starting with a concept before creating simple pencil sketches before modelling the ring design.

CanadaMark competition finalist 2016 design

 

Creating the ring

Our next step involved modelling the ring using CAD software on computer, working to the specific sizes and proportions of the stone. Both shoulders were extended to embrace the Marquise diamond, based on the design. It was important to give security for the diamond, without surrounding too much of the stone.

Renders of the Ursa engagement ring design for the CanadaMark competition 2016

The above image shows the rendered model, illustrating how the completed ring would look. Many of our bespoke engagement ring projects allow clients to see a completed version of the ring before it is made. 

Fairtrade Gold

For the precious metal, we chose 18ct Fairtrade Gold, making the completed ring 100% traceable and 100% ethical. Fairtrade Gold differs from regular 18ct Gold by helping artisanal and small scale miners who produce the gold. They work in some of the poorest areas of the world and under the Fairtrade system, miners are assured of a fair price for their gold and a premium per Kilo to help develop their community. Fairtrade certified miners need to meet specific safety requirements used during mining and for the extraction of gold.

Completed CanadaMark Ursa Diamond Engagement Ring The Ursa design as shown on our home page during Spring 2016.

Ursa main engagement ring view

This photograph was taken for our main website product page, where this design can be ordered, set with alternative diamond sizes, colours and clarity grades.

Congratulations to all the other finalists and best of luck…

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.