3D Printing has often been at the heart of some of the weirdest and extraordinary creations – some of them have even managed to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records. Today, we add another one to this exhaustive list: the record for the most diamonds set in one ring.

The story began in 2018 when Kotti Srikanth, owner of the Diamond Store by Chandubhai,a unit of Hallmark Jewellers, decided to redefine the landscape of diamond jewellery by overcoming a new challenge, one that has led to the creation of The Divine – 7801.

The choice of a beautiful lotus flower for the shape

The creative team achieved multiple iterations before choosing the shape of a beautiful lotus flower for the ring. Flowers are very meaningful in Indian culture and their importance may vary when it comes to weddings, gifts, medical care, jewellery or even spirituality.

Lotus is a flower sacred in Indian tradition. This flower is considered as holy flower because of association with Indian deities like Bramha, Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, and Saraswati. For our Jewels experts, this flower “reflects traditional essence in every one of its 46 petals”.

Image via Diamond Store

After the design, the team used computer-aided design (CAD) to determine how many diamonds would be required for the ring they wanted to create. When it comes to manufacturing, they reached out to Imaginarium, one of the largest 3D Printing, and rapid prototyping company in India. The company uses some of the well-known metal AM technologies in its production environment but you have certainly heard about them most recently when we reported on the efforts from the 3D Printing Community around the world.

During the manufacturing process of this ring, Imaginarium explained on its website that “the ring was split into seven different sections, the ring and six petals, that would be held together with a stigma screw. The ring was initially printed in direct castable resin – an RPT (rapid prototyping technique) using Rapidshape – and further cast in gold. While the ringbase was being designed, cast and fine tuned, Srikanth and his team set out to procure the diamonds. This process took a while as they wanted to make sure that all the diamonds were homogenous and ensure that were all conflict-free. The diamonds were set in the ring and the petals by employing a micro pavé technique that sets small stones in multiple rows over the entire surface of a design in a highly precise manner.”

After several verification by both parties, the ring was sent to Guinness World Records that confirmed that 7801 natural diamonds are mined together offering this way a sense of homogeneous excellence.

Disclosure: this record has been broken again on 30 November 2020 by Renani Jewels with 12,638 diamonds in one ring.

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