The Creation Of The Dee Ring

Working in a luxury retail environment surrounded by diamonds, it’s only natural that occasionally something sparkly will catch our eye. Denise, based at Phillip Stoner’s Victoria Quarter store, fell victim to this as she became enchanted with a loose, princess cut diamond…

“I have over 20 years experience in the jewellery trade, more than 10 of these at Phillip Stoner. I have a real passion for providing a special experience for customers and I particularly enjoy assisting them when they want to create bespoke jewellery that is completely unique.

However, this has turned out to be quite dangerous for me in the past (or at least for my husband’s wallet!)… It was when I was looking at some loose diamonds for a customer that I fell in love with an amazing, 2ct, D-colour, princess cut diamond. I soon realised I couldn’t let it slip through my fingers, so by the time I’d persuaded my husband that after 7 years of marriage I deserved it, I’d already started to think about how it could look!

The Dee Ring, Exclusive to Phillip Stoner

Working in a jewellers who has a huge collection of engagement rings and their own workshop, I was spoilt for choice, but I knew ultimately that I wanted a totally bespoke ring. After speaking to our goldsmiths, I chose a platinum bar-setting, as I liked its simplicity and the fact that it would protect the diamond. I also decided on a soft, curved V-setting on the side, as I felt it showed off the diamond at its best and gave the ring a much softer finish. For the profile of the band, I copied the shape of my wedding ring (which had previously been re-made by our goldsmiths using an old ring I had owned), this meant the two rings would compliment each other perfectly.

Even after seeing the CAD (Computer Aided Design) images first, when I received the finished ring from our workshop it was even better than I could ever have imagined! As soon as I started wearing it I had numerous compliments and after being asked to reproduce the ring several times, we soon realised just how much people were drawn to the simplicity and uniqueness of the design. It was then that our MD, Jonathan Stoner asked my permission to include the design as part of our core collection. The ‘Dee’ ring is now produced in various carat weights and is shown in all Phillip Stoner stores.

I loved that I chose the diamond and helped to design the setting myself, it made the experience and the ring so personal to me. Even now, each time a Dee ring is made, it is handmade in our workshop and every setting is shaped specifically to cradle its own diamond, making every ring as unique as mine.”

A Diamond In The Rough, Refurbished VQ Store Now Open

Following weeks of construction, Phillip Stoner’s Victoria Quarter boutique has been extended and refurbished and from the rubble, a spectacular “Diamond room” has emerged! Showcasing our stunning Portfolio of Fine Diamonds collection, the already stunning boutique store is now even bigger and more decadent than ever before.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds

On display is the exclusive Lila Collection, a unique range of diamond rings, which have been designed and produced in-house. Each piece combines timeless design with contemporary style, using only the best certified diamonds to create truly stunning pieces.

Also on show is our Portfolio of Fine Diamonds collection, which boasts an extensive range of solitaire, cluster and three stone diamond engagement rings, which feature platinum settings, certificated diamonds, superlative quality and competitive pricing, starting at just £925.

In addition, Phillip Stoner now has its own, on-site jewellery workshop downstairs in the VQ store. Our highly-skilled goldsmiths are always on hand to advise about bespoke jewellery design and repairs or ring resizing will be done promptly, increasing the efficiency of the already superb after-care service we aim to provide.Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds

Visit us at the Victoria Quarter, enjoy a glass of champagne and peruse our collections, including pieces from local Leeds designer Andrew Geoghegan, contemporary silver jewellery from Rachel Galley and stunning fashion jewellery by Diamonfire.