Bow Pavé Diamond Stud Earrings (Mini)
Handcrafted in 18k white gold, rose or yellow gold with pavé white diamonds (.77ct).
A cult favorite among A-listers, celebrities and loyal collectors alike, Mimi's signature Bow brings an instant smile to all who wear it. Flirty, fluid and romantic, the Bow is a whimsical reminder of life's special moments.
The Bow ring is a true representation of Mimi's highest level of hand craftsmanship. Due to its complex design, eight experts, including the designer, Cad technician, model maker, stone selection manager, jeweler, stone setter, polisher and quality control expert, worked tirelessly for twelve months to perfect its concept and development. From the beginning, Mimi challenged her team to build the most realistic, precious jewelry Bow in existence.
"If we are to build a bow," she declared, "let it be an authentic bow as if tied with a ribbon!"
To achieve the Bow's unique 3-dimensional and asymmetrical shape required hours of experimental work. Mimi's team of artisans stretched, tied and knotted a variety of ribbons in order to visualize and replicate the precise folds and knot of an exquisite bow. Once the specific dips and curvature details of the ribbon were selected, her jewelers began to play with clay molds to build and shape the final form. From there, the final wax mold solidified the design intended for production.
After Mimi approves any design that comes out of the workshop, the jewelers then fabricate a silver model. For the bow, the team spent forty hours mapping out the layout of every stone in a way that would best highlight the fluidity of the bow's curves. Next, the labor-intensive azures - the visible design work found on the inside or back of the piece - were created across the silver mold. It took Mimi's master jeweler forty hours to carve out each azure across the arcs of the bow - from the round, front-facing holes to accommodate the setting of the stones, to the honeycomb carved openings on the back to complete the beauty of the piece. This level of detailed work is required to achieve such high artistry.
The mid, medium and large Bows, which feature diamonds set inside the return of the bow, are comprised of five separate components which are then carefully assembled like a puzzle by a skilled jeweler who seamlessly solders and connects each joint. The petite and small bowsare are crafted from 2 parts.
The setting is complex and time intensive. First, each gemstone is meticulously hand selected and measured with a leverage gauge to fit the diameter of the seat in the azure setting. The scope of the design requires anywhere from 403 to 11 stones depending on the proportion and size of each bow. The stones in Mimi's Bow rings are set on a diagonal while following the undulating shape of its folds. Unlike settings in a straight line with singular-sized calibrated stones (which is less challenging to reproduce), each signature Bow requires stones of varying size to accommodate and flatter the design. The complexity of this ring lies in the arrangement and stone size pattern that changes for each incremental size and proportion of the Bow -- a process that is completed by hand within 16 to 40 hours depending on the size of the bow and the type of stone: diamonds, rubies, emeralds or sapphires.
The Bow design requires a highly experienced polisher of fine metal and platinum. Someone who is fluid in the art of delicate articulation on the buffing wheel. It's essential that the polisher has the skill of a surgeon to know the precise amount of pressure to apply to the wheel. An inexperienced hand might cause damage, remove too much metal or even require the ring to be remade.
At each intricate step of production, our quality control expert inspects the piece before it continues to the next step. This assures that the Mimi So standard of quality is met throughout production. After all the work is complete, a final inspection takes place ensuring the item is flawless and ready for our clients.
Depending on the size of the Bow ring and the amount of diamonds or gemstones required, one ring can take between 4-6 weeks to produce.