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A One-of-a-Kind Piece of Jewelry Takes Time, But It’s Worth It

Maggi Simpkins is just part of a new crew of designers doing big business in custom baubles.

The In Bloom ring by Simpkins, designed for Sotheby’s “Brilliant & Black” sale.

The In Bloom ring by Simpkins, designed for Sotheby’s “Brilliant & Black” sale.

Source: Maggi Simpkins

Los Angeles jeweler Maggi Simpkins has received her share of unusual requests over the years: One couple asked her to build a miniature golden version of the arch in New York’s Washington Square Park, one of their favorite spots, for their engagement rings. Other soon-to-be-newlyweds asked her to hide a tiny bird under the center stone because Over the Rainbow was their song.

And those aren’t even the wildest things she’s created in the past year. For Sotheby’s “ Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance” selling exhibition in September, Simpkins designed a ring with a price tag of $1 million. It took her more than four months to make it, using a 2.43-carat fancy pink internally flawless diamond with 2.73 carats ruby and 0.77 carat pink sapphire accents arranged around it like the petals of a flower.