India-based jewelry manufacturer SWA Diamonds just obliterated the Guinness World Record for the "Most Diamonds Set in One Ring" with its head-turning creation — "The Touch of Ami" — which sparkles with an astonishing 24,679 gems.
Inspired by the graceful, undulating layers of the pink oyster mushroom, SWA's design nearly doubled the number of natural diamonds employed by the previous record holder.
Indian jeweler Harshit Bansal had held the Guinness Record in this category since December 2020. His piece, dubbed “The Marigold – The Ring of Prosperity," turned heads with an eight-layer floral ring set with 12,638 diamonds.
SWA noted that the pink oyster mushroom symbolizes immortality, longevity and eternity. "Ami" is the Sanskrit word for immortality.
Rijisha TV, a post graduate in lifestyle accessory design from the National Institute of Design, is credited with conceiving "The Touch of Ami," a grueling process that took 90 days to achieve, according to SWA.
A five-minute video provided by SWA shows how "The Touch of Ami" came to be, from conception to completion. The manufacturer shares behind-the-scenes footage of how the origin sketches evolved into computer-aided designs. And then SWA takes the viewer through model making, casting, assembly, polishing and plating processes.
"Most Diamonds Set in One Ring" is a popular category for Guinness World Records. There have been five title holders since July of 2018. Just when you think you can't possibly fit any more diamonds onto a single ring, these designers have continued to push the boundaries.
Ranked 3rd - "The Divine – 7801 Brahma Vajra Kamalam" (October 2020). India-based jeweler Kotti Srikanth designs a 7,801-diamond ring inspired by the rare Brahma Kamalam flower, which is native to the Himalayas.
Ranked 4th - “Lotus Temple Ring” (August 2019). Lakshikaa Jewels of Mumbai fabricates the 7,777-diamond “Lotus Temple Ring,” which takes its inspiration from the famous Lotus Temple in Delhi.
Ranked 5th - "Lotus Ring" (July 2018). Indian jewelers Vishal and Khushbu Agarwal set 6,690 diamonds into an 18-karat rose gold ring that resembles a lotus flower.
SWA Diamonds is a brand owned by Capestone, one of South India's largest manufacturers of gold, diamond, and platinum ornaments based out of Karathode, Kerala, India.
Check out SWA's video below…
Credits: "The Touch of Ami Ring" pics courtesy of SWA Diamonds. Pink oyster mushroom photo by transcendancing, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.