Kicking off our new series, 'Behind the Designs', featuring interviews with MoMuse Owner & Designer, Margaret O'Rourke.
Today, Margaret brings us along her journey of designing some of the rings that are so dearly loved by many.
When I started working on designing rings, it has always been about simplicity & wearability. I believe less is more when it comes to jewellery, and the pieces you love you should be able to wear every day.
Being located in Powerscourt Townhouse, we are surrounded by both Antique jewellers and High End jewellers who really specialise in statement diamond rings. For me, I wanted to keep things minimal and so I created simple stack diamond rings. It was important to me to make them affordable and that they are all made in Dublin. It has never been about big diamonds for me. I wanted rings that could be worn and added to; to create a stacking story. I love the idea that someone might add one each year or when it's a special birthday or occasion.
Where do you source your diamonds?
Our diamonds are ethically sourced directly from Antwerp. I visited the wholesale area of this city a few years back which was extremely fascinating.
My little simple 9kt gold band which is 1.2mm with a sharp edge finish rather than rounded has always been my most popular piece and has been sold many times as a wedding band. We hammer this out also to create a textured finish and we have since made it in every metal from yellow, rose, white gold as well as platinum.
I wanted to create a simple half diamond band which was the first one we made with 19 diamonds (it’s always odd numbers for me). I sat down with my Goldsmith to work through the design process and created a mould for these designs as I knew I was going to create many different variations including coloured diamonds, emeralds & sapphires. We then get Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings to approve before they finally go to casting. After the ring is cast, we send our rings to our Diamond Setter who begins the very intricate and time consuming task of hand setting our diamonds in place. It is then hallmarked and returned for polishing. Then we will bring it to the Assay Office at Dublin Castle to get our own MoMuse Hallmark, making it ready to adorn our shop display case!
My favourite would be the 9kt 19 White Diamond Band stacked with our 9kt Hammered Band. They were the first two ring I ever made and I love how they almost resemble one ring. They stack so beautifully together.
When designing the rings geometric shapes I began to look at baguette diamonds. I also love emerald cut shape gems using green onyx, black onyx, London blue topaz, white topaz and created a few special sapphire rings with white diamonds. I created a black diamond emerald cut shape ring with little black diamonds. My own engagement ring are baguette diamonds and have always been drawn to this shape of clean lines.
At MoMuse we use continental ring sizing.
If you are unsure of your ring size, we offer a measurement service in store, which we are hoping can resume again shortly. Sizing is often a personal choice with some preferring a loose over a tight fit or vice versa. We’re happy to offer our advise on what might work best for you. If you are not within easy access of our shop, check with your local jeweller and we will do our best to work to their measurements.
Are there any new diamond rings on the horizon that we can be excited for?