Sapphire Sophistication with Andrew Leggett
L and I have long been enamoured with Andrew Leggett’s trademark asymmetrical style, especially with his “Flick ring” series. Andrew’s Flick style was born out of necessity: the asymmetrical designs Andrew favoured did not sit well against a traditional flat wedding band. The Flick solves this problem gracefully and simply. One side of the ring is flat in order to fit snugly alongside the wedding band, but as the band winds around to the front, it “flicks” upward to meet and embrace the stone.
In this striking sapphire and platinum ring, Andrew’s “Flick” style is at its best.
The platinum band flicks up to a stunning purple trillion (or triangle-shaped) sapphire. The angle formed by the “flick” echoes the triangular stone in a geometric harmony that is eye-pleasing, despite the overall design’s bold lack of symmetry. Flush set into the rather thick platinum band are two small diamonds that complement but do not distract from the starring gemstone.
All the stones in this ring, and indeed in most of Andrew’s work, are set in rub-over settings, also called bezel settings. This type of setting holds the stone in place with a raised surrounding and a lip that overlaps the edge of the stone. The visual effect of the rub-over setting is clean and elegant, free from distracting prongs that might snag on clothing.
Andrew draws inspiration for his asymmetrical styles from his surroundings – from fallen leaves to bits and pieces strewn on his work bench. His designs are full of movement and draw the eye in unexpected ways to create pieces that are both unusual and sophisticated – they never fail to amaze me.