A craftsman's workshop
After all these years, Still one craftsman, two hands
and desire to get it right.
Finely Crafted Platinum Bridal and Commitment Jewelry
Platinum Engagement and Wedding rings are my specialty
read the Custom
page and my F. A. Q.
before you write or call.
chart for MWM unique platinum engagement ring settings.
reserve time between 3:00 and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, most week days to personally
speak with you about what's on your mind.
call me at 978-369-1950
On the advice of
many in recent years, I'm beginning the task of building a much better
New site is pretty much just a shell
now but the contact
form is functional. You can take it for a test drive. markmorrell.weebly.com/
Typically, Bridal orders begin to stack
up in January / February.
If you intend to work with Mark
Morrell for your bridal needs, It's wise to start early and allow for the
time to get it right.
October 5, 2015
is a new offering in the MWM Torchiere line.
Raised, concave base /
donut under the crown allows for a low profile, straight wedding band
to fit flush beside the woven crown.
This new bit won't
help with a tall profile wedding band.
The new base configuration
is taller and tapered down low. The woven crown is a little bit shorter
than usually seen in my work.
I suggest that this
treatment is best suited to center stones that are at least 7
millimeters in diameter.
click here for images of the "Flush-Fit" modification
as part of a striking, custom made wedding set.
1.08 carat Yellow Sapphire set in 18 karat Yellow gold Slim, Petite, Split
4 prong setting.
Sapphire is most
certainly heated. ~5.8 mm round.
Ring size is US 4.25
This is the first of
the coming "Slim Petite" series
of settings. Styles and metals will vary. The common factor of the "Slim Petites" is a maximum shank
width of about ~2 millimeters wide.
ring has been sold
at $1,527.75 including insured FedEx shipping within the contiguous
Colored gem stones are generally unique
specimens. Size, shape, color and hue are specific to the individual
We don't expect to ever have an exact
duplicate of any gems we publish. When a piece has been sold, it's gone.
However, your response to this offering has been very much
appreciated. I'll make more finished gemstone pieces available as the proper
stones present themselves.
Gallery is located on the front
page and in "Signature Settings" here.
Please write or call
for more information.
A recent client
request: 18K gold ring body and (900)
2 tone Interpretation
of my Original Flame solitaire setting without diamonds set into the
Round, Brilliant cut
Stone is ~6.5mm diameter. Ring size shown here is 5.
Ring body is ~2.5 mm
Center stone is a
branded, synthetic moissanite.
We can source faceted
synthetic moissanite as well as "Forever Brilliant" branded
synthetic moissanite for you.
As always, we generally
have access to a nice selection of premium cut, AGS and GIA certified
round diamonds as well.
Gallery for this ring
is located here
A new twist on the venerable
MWM "Classic Torchiere" setting. Photos were just finished.
I'll add more information a bit later.
Gallery for this ring
is located here
New projects will typically run
at about 6 week's delivery time from date of final decision and funding. As
I always suggest - Please let us know what delivery date you need. Some
projects require more or less time than others. We'll consider your
specific project requirements along with your requested delivery schedules
before I promise a date.
We appreciate your interest in working with us. FedEx and
Customs have been very "circular" with regard to required import
declarations regarding your responsibilities for import duties and taxes.
We'll try, once again, to take care of our Australian cousins.
Please allow plenty of time for the import process to
Folks sometimes ask about having their center stone set into
one of my newly made pieces by their own jeweler.
prepared a document for that. The
PDF file is here.
receive requests for new project plans from folks who haven't read my pages
and appear surprised by fee request.
or new project development time does require an initial, non-refundable
fee. My initial development fee is usually US $600.00 or more if your
explanation of what you seek is probably going to warrant a higher starting
fee. This fee may cover some or all of the time required to develop your
thoughts into 3 dimensional data. My advance development fee does not add
to the cost of a project that needs to be developed to begin with. It is
simply a way of qualifying a potential client for consideration. Actual
development time - whether that time amounts to more or less than the time
represented in your initial, non-refundable fee is always accounted for in
the final price of a project.
we have your approval on a project proposal, you'll be provided with
instructions for funding your new project. After we have received the
agreed funding - either agreed working deposit of full payment - we'll
submit your invoice. In the short term, your cancelled check or notice of
wire transfer will serve as receipt of your initial funding - just as your
bank records would reflect an electronic purchase.
cost proposals will be valid for 3 working days. If we don't receive notice of your intent to fund your project within 3 working
days, we'll set your project aside until we hear from you. After that 3
working day window has closed, project cost may change and I can not honor
any discussion we may have had regarding delivery schedules. No further action
will be taken on your project until we hear from you regarding the funding
of your product proposal. We will send your invoice either directly after
we receive agreed funding or along with your completed project as you
choose. The process outlined above will help me to deliver as
promised and is directly related to our monthly sales reporting
we doing it this way? We have received verbal / written approvals to
proposals that were invoiced but then failed to be funded.
hesitate to call me between 3:00 and 5:00 PM Eastern Time - Monday through
Friday - or write whenever you have the chance - with any thoughts.
MWM settings from authorized Resellers
times, another jeweler is authorized to resell the settings on my price
grid - as they are described on my price grid - when that vendor is the
seller of the primary diamond.
scenario allows for your vendor to process your order smoothly and it
allows time for me to correspond with MWM customers (including your
vendor). If you desire customization or feel more comfortable in
having direct communication with me regarding your project, please book
your setting project directly with me. We've tried to manage
communications with both the vendor and, concurrently, with the consumer
for setting projects. That dual line of communications is dangerous, time
consuming, and most often leads to conflicting instructions for any
diamond Petite” bead set wedding band was developed for wear with my
"Petite SunBurst" ring setting.
can be worn equally as well with my 6 prong Petite Torchiere. There will be
a small gap between SunBurst or Torchiere engagement ring and any straight
straight, Petite, bead set wedder is an especially good fit with 4 prong
round or cushion "Petite Torchiere" ring settings.
Below is a link to the presentation of my 13 diamond straight wedding band
In working with my clients, we’ve found that my 13 diamond band offers good
coverage up to about ring size 4 or so. Above ring size 5, the same band
style with 15
diamonds provides good coverage for the crest of the finger.
Market prices are in upheaval. Please contact us for a quote.
We can modify this style to carry up to ~3/4 circumference diamond coverage
or larger diamonds as a special request.
Karat Yellow Gold has frequently
come up in discussions over the past months.
don't hesitate to ask about any of my Signature pieces in all 18K yellow
gold or in combination with platinum.
18K yellow gold pieces will be a bit less expensive than my all (900)
platinum pieces on my price grid.
18K.Y. and platinum pieces will likely be a bit more expensive than all
platinum work due to extended fabrication time.
caution, however, is that my alloy of 18K yellow gold may not match the
color of existing 18K yellow gold you may have. Various metal refineries
have different recipes for karat gold alloys.
Lincoln had a beautiful sapphire and a vision for a new
We broke some new ground.
diamond center stone
click on the image above for more views of Lincoln's lovely custom made
times for many signature series engagement ring and wedding bands are currently running at
4 to 6 weeks from date funded to delivery.
of my signature
engagement settings definitions are ready for manufacture. Most
modifications will require more time.
Lily dreamed of a "Lily of the Valley" engagement
ring setting. I had a new technology to learn.
diamond center stone
Together, we made Lily's dream come true. Please click on the
photo to open Lily's gallery.
recent customer requests located below this line. Please click (or right
click :-) an image below to view it's gallery.
Four Split prongs for a 2+ carat round center
Beautiful Sapphire from Natural Sapphire Co
Hold on a minute! What color is that ring?
Heart tips over well chamfered square points
(900) platinum "Petite Torchiere" with custom
4 diamond crown for Alex' diamond
(900) Platinum "SunBurst" crown / "Fancy Torchiere"
ring body for Drew's sapphire
18K yellow gold "Petite Torchiere" for Asscher cut
- no crown diamonds for Kevin's diamond
Modified "Torchiere Classic" with 4 crown
diamonds for Rosa's Princess cut stone
FAQ entry update: Can I be sure that I'll
get my stone(s) back and not someone else's by mistake?
Great News for international clients!
2010, my shipping insurance company, together with FedEx, presented
us with a streamlined process for shipping to UK, Canada and Australia.
now shipped to all of these locations and it has been painless for us to
orchestrate, reasonably fast for our clients (delivery happened next day in
Canada and within a few days to UK and Australia), and not terribly
expensive for shipping costs. FedEx has their own customs offices at each
destination so there's not a lot of work for our recipients to do on their
end either. We're thrilled about shipping to the above destinations!
"Not Round" center stones!
Asscher, Regent, Modified square, New "Old European" style
round and cushion, as well as larger Modern Round Brilliant cuts have
for 4 prong variants of my Signature "Flame, Torchiere and Fancy
Torchiere" engagement settings.
below is of a GOG August Vintage
Cushion set into my (900) platinum Fancy Torchiere setting - with
Torchiere and Flame setting series are now available at minimum 5mm round
center stone dimensions - down from 6mm minimum.
following photos are of my "Petite Torchiere" with diamonds in the
crown and a 5 mm round main diamond. Thank you, Geoff!
signature settings , a six week lead time - or less (after final agreements
have been reached and funding is in place) should remain reasonable.
For wedding bands, your wedding date takes prominence. If you book your
bands well in advance of your required date, then you've secured your spot
in my schedule and you've locked down the cost of materials.
of your wedding bands will not necessarily be made within a 6 weeks from
the date funded - but more in line with your date required.
piece is made to your specifications required after we've reached agreement
as to what we'll create and your funding is in place .
you have a specific date by which you must take delivery, please let me
know that date early in our discussions. It's much easier for me to
consider your date than to repeat my published time frame. Some work will be completed before 6 weeks pass. I'd
like to ship as soon as your work is deliverable.
request that payment be made in full when your order is placed.
Please include your phone number in your email to me. If my mail doesn't
appear to get through to you, I'll call when it seems appropriate. If
you receive my automatic response to your email, it's reasonable to assume
that your mail has come through my server. I check my mail several times
per week. I don't have staff to respond to mail throughout the day.
do make it a point to be near a phone most weekday afternoons between 3:00
and 5:00 PM Eastern time.
feel free to call 978-369-1950 and let me know what you're thinking
indicate in your email header that you have read through these pages Custom page and my F. A. Q.
simple "I read your notes" ( if you really did read
them) in your email header will help to get your mail read.
My "auto response" email will help to guide you further.
MWM Signature Works - Unique Engagement Rings
The following several image sets are of my SunBurst, Torchiere,
Fancy Torchiere and Flame Platinum engagement ring settings.
Price chart for
MWM unique platinum engagement ring settings.
Torchiere " Platinum engagement ring setting
style has been a frequent request. It's the Flame or Torchiere crown
being carried by approximately 2.4 mm wide, bead set diamond ring
ring is "EK's" 2 carat center diamond along with 20 small
diamonds @ approximately 1.3mm - in a ring size of 5 1/2. This style
can be developed as a 4 or 6 prong setting for 6mm and larger round
main diamonds - or a 4 prong setting for cushion and modified square center
The Petite SunBurst Solitaire
platinum engagement ring setting
been making slender versions of my platinum SunBurst
Solitaire for those who
have asked. This is becoming our most popular request.
We've dubbed this the "Petite
SunBurst" and it's available for any round center diamond of
approximately 6mm diameter and larger.
The linked photos are of a ninety seven point (0.97 ct.), D
color, internally flawless beauty set in my favored (900) platinum.
The ring in these images is size 5.
The original SunBurst
features a shank width of approximately 3mm.
The body of Petite SunBurst is approximately 2.5
mm in width - wide enough for all of the flowing curves to play out and
remain a substantial product.
It's just a bit less bold than the original.
Mark S. asked me to show off the Petite SunBurst that we
built around his 1.7 ct. diamond. Here
you go, Mark!
Diamond set Wedding bands for the SunBurst and
I've been working on new wedding bands for the SunBurst and
a link to a rendered wedding set with a 1.5 ct. Petite SunBurst solitaire
accompanied by a bead set matching diamond band.
link leads to a straight, 13 diamond band to coordinate with the
Petite SunBurst Solitaire.
Mate bands for SunBurst and Torchiere are interchangeable.
"Petite" is made to fit with "Petite" and
"Classic is made to fit "Classic" proportioned engagement
settings. Please let me know if you'd like to change it up a bit.
a truly Unique platinum engagement ring is making a name for itself.
This mounting style is available in standard and petite
proportions - and it is available with or without small diamonds in the
crown - because that's how you've asked for it.
The Flowing Mate Platinum wedding Bands for SunBurst and
<<< To the left: The "Petite
Torchiere" ~2.5mm ring width in both the solitaire setting and
the fitted wedding band.
>>> On the Right: The
"Torchiere Classic" ~3 mm ring width in both the solitaire
setting and the fitted band.
If you'd prefer the thinner Petite wedding band to
accompany your Classic 3mm Torchiere setting, just let me know.
Flowing diamond set wedding bands for the Torchiere
and SunBurst series are shown above.
are very proud to present ......
The SunBurst Solitaire Platinum
engagement ring setting
… a promise of ten thousand Brilliant tomorrows
(c) Mark Morrell 2005
The Original SunBurst Solitaire
For your reference, the ring in the above photos features a
1.45 ct. Round brilliant diamond.
My solitaire settings are available to hold round diamonds
starting at 6mm.and larger. Every ring is created specifically for the
diamond size and the ring size request by the client - one ring at a
The SunBurst and Petite SunBurst solitaires are created in 2
separate sections which are finished to delivery specs before assembly,
finished again after assembly and polished one more time after the
diamond has been set. As
with the woman who will wear this piece, there isn't a hard edge on this
ring. Comfort, Subtle Elegance and Substance are the driving
factors behind this and most of my pieces.
Please call or write for current prices in 900
Any price that I quote will be for the mounting ONLY which
will usually include any trim or accent stones but will NOT include the
cost of your center diamond.
The main or center diamond is NOT included in ANY
prices that may be discussed in these pages or in private
I will provide any and all necessary small, accent
diamonds for my products. The cost of F-G, VS, very fine make
accent diamonds that I provide WILL be included in any price quotes.
plan on up to 6 weeks (seasonal) after funding is in place
for delivery for my signature pieces. Each piece is made to the specifications required
after I receive your order.
If you have a specific date by which you must take
delivery, please let me know about it early in our discussions. It's much
easier for me to consider your date than to repeat my published time
Precious metal market prices have been volatile. Price
quotes are issued with the assumption that your order is to be placed
when our quote is issued. We will honor our quote if your order is
placed and funds (in the form of either check or wire transfer) are
submitted to us within 72 hours of when we quote a price. Orders placed
more than 72 hours after our quote is issued may be priced
I have a price schedule for my signature
settings posted here. All prices are subject to change
without published notice.
The (ORIGINAL) Flame
These images are of the "Flame"
solitaire engagement ring setting. This mounting is shown
with a 6.5 mm (~1 carat size) center stone. This ring is available
with 6 small diamonds at ~0.01 ct. each (one pointers) in the crown for a
total small diamond weight of ~.05ct in accent diamonds. This popular
style is also available without small diamonds set into the crown.
Both versions of the "Flame" solitaire (with and
without diamonds in the crown) are currently available for a range
of round center stone sizes from approximately 5 mm to approximately 9
mm. in diameter
posted photos of the very first of the series here.
the sole craftsman here, answering similar questions repeatedly and in
depth can make it very difficult for me to meet my commitments in a timely
read the Custom
page and my F. A. Q. before
you write or call.
Thanks very much!
Please remember that I can only
collaborate directly with the principal on development projects. I do not
have the staff or the additional time necessary to deal with third party
spokespersons. If you are not the person who makes the decisions
regarding plans for a project, please ask the decision maker to contact
Thank you! also
for all of your inquiries regarding new product plans and price
quotations! Some have asked why I can't simply "draw up a set of
plans" and quote a project price "right now" even though
"we don't need the piece right away". The fact that mine really
is a single craftsman workshop comes with it's benefits and it's
drawbacks. When I'm working to meet commitments, particularly during the
height of wedding season, then I must focus on the work that I've been
promised for delivery. As I do all of the planning and price quoting and
I personally (as in - all by myself) craft every piece that I
deliver, I simply can't put my full concentration into more that one
thing at a time. I don't mean to offend or to appear "arrogant"
when I explain that I'm not in a position to answer a request at this
time. I sincerely appreciate each and every person who wishes to have a
setting personally crafted by Mark Morrell.
Because of the wide variety of stone and ring sizes
that I may be asked to accommodate, many configurations of my signature
pieces are defined for the first time when your order is placed. Please
allow time in your schedule for me to create the appropriate
configuration for your needs.
always, current and established clients - please feel free to contact me
for your wedding band needs.
Client Projects - Unique Platinum engagement rings
This sweet platinum "BT" wedding set is
substantial and, at the same time, it's almost not there at all.
The basic "BT" geometry translates nicely to
cushion cut centers as well.
The "BT" style was developed to mate cleanly
with a straight, diamond-set or plain, rounded wedding band.
Delicate - not fragile. Classic 3 stone style with a soft,
comfortable approach to the surfaces
A little over 4 carats total diamond weight.
It's nice to see a renewed interest cushion cut diamonds.
A bit of whimsy - Undeniable
Thank you, Nathan!
Please feel free to call 978-369-1950 - Monday through
Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Eastern time - with any questions. I look
forward to hearing from you.
thank you for stopping by.......
Please note that there are NO authorized resellers of my custom
platinum alloy that I use and Why I've chosen to use it
I am working in
"classic" 90% platinum, 10% iridium alloy. I find that this alloy
provides the best combination of workability and durability. This is the
reason that this mix has become the platinum smith's metal of choice
for so many decades.
Care, Maintenance and Insurance concerns
As a rule, any mounting should
be professionally cleaned and inspected twice annually. We
strongly suggest that our clients seek out a qualified, local, independent
jeweler and be nice to them. You'll want to build a lasting
relationship in order to properly care for and maintain your new heirlooms.
Don't wear your fine jewels while working in the garden or in other
situations where heavy impact or abrasion might damage your stones or metal
surfaces. Leave your rings at home if you're going to the gym. My rings are
intended to be on your finger through many of life's most important moments
but lapses in caution and deliberate abuse will destroy any jewelry before
it's time. Be sure to keep your insurance coverage on your important jewels
up to date.
If you don't utilize your local talent, your local
talent won't be there when you need them.
I am pleased to inspect and clean our own work for my
clients. There is no charge to the original purchaser for cleaning and
inspection of my work. Insured, return shipping will be billed at
regular prices. Standard (normal, expected) maintenance procedures
for my work will be done free of charge for the original purchaser during
the first year of ownership. This maintenance includes the first ring
sizing if necessary (eternity rings are NOT resizable), metal polishing and
stone tightening where necessary. This no cost offer does not extend to
unusual or extreme situations such as damage caused by misuse, impact or
trauma and it does not cover damage or loss to an item that we did not
provide (such as stones or other items that you may have provided for
us to incorporate into your setting /jewel). Owners must insure against
damage or loss with their personal insurance agent. I simply create my
little sculptures. I have no control over what they might be exposed to
after they leave my hands. I am not offering insurance against loss or
damage to your item. I'm simply offering to help you make it fit correctly,
keep the stones tight and clean at no charge for the first year. I've heard
of in-store maintenance/insurance contracts that some large chain stores
are selling along with physical product. Please do not confuse my offer
with any kind of warrantee or additional cost insurance coverage. It
is neither. If an item is sent to me for first year care - or for any
reason at all - insured shipping costs both ways are the client's
responsibility - even if the work that I do for you is at no cost.
Why the limitations?
The majority of the center stones that I work with were purchased
elsewhere. I did not sell these items. I did not profit in any way from the
sale of these items and it would be foolish to put myself in a position of
liability regarding these items. I strongly suggest that the owner of any
item have insurance against loss or damage in place before having that item
sent to me by your verifiable appraiser or vendor. I am not going to insure
your property at any time except during shipping. We have third party
insurance available to cover loss during shipment to your verifiable vendor
of appraiser. Specific rules do apply.
So .... what do I do now?
I've written numerous project descriptions / job
proposals for clients who have been in the process of insuring their
property - before I receive it. Typically, your insurer will want to
know what is expected to happen with your property before they will sell
you insurance on it. I'll be pleased to work with you in getting proper
information to you - so that you may arrange with your insurance
provider to have your items insured before we commence
with receiving your goods and finishing your project.
Regarding redundant information: There are bits of
information repeated all over these pages. I'm aware of that fact. Some of
this is due to frequently overlooked yet very important comments and some
is due to the need for a rewrite of this entire site. I'm generally busy in
the workshop and with my photo efforts - so the site layout will wait for
updates. Please continue to bear with my cumbersome web editing efforts while
I continue make memorable pieces for your pleasure.