ISSUE: Summer 2012
DEPT: Audrey Style — Stylemakers
EDITOR: Anna M. Park
In a world of cookie-cutter diamonds, it’s hard to find an engagement ring that’s less about weight and more about gravitas. Thankfully, fine jewelry designer Tam Tran specializes in the relatively uncommon rose-cut diamond. “Rose-cut is an old stone cut used during Victorian times, before electricity,” says Tran. “The stone was cut with uneven facets to maximize the brilliance of the diamond when reflected from the low gas lights during this time period.”
In addition to customized ring designs (22 karat is her gold of choice), Tran offers a selection of antique diamond rings at her studio/boutique Lost Wax in New York City. But it’s more than just jewelry — the studio incorporates a wealth of raw materials and metals for customized wearable art or even jewelry-making parties.