Simon was quick to realise he wanted a bespoke engagement ring. He didn’t feel comfortable talking to a stranger about such a personal thing, and so he hadn’t enjoyed his visit to high-street engagement ring shops. He knew, from browsing ready-made rings, that he wanted something more unique for his fiance-to-be – a bespoke engagement ring. He wanted a ring that was inspired by her interests and passions. So he asked me to make his dreams come true.
We talked about what she liked, her hobbies and style-choices. She loves owls, and so Simon wanted a ring inspired by this. We talked over design options and centre stones – he wanted either a brilliant cut or a rough cut stone in blue or purple. He loved the idea that the ring would feature talon claws and feathers.
I went to the best stone dealers in Hatton Garden and chose the most beautiful stones for Simon. I text him pictures of the stones and some sketches based on our ideas (see slides for sketches). He liked a few of the sketches – in the end, he picked a purple sapphire as his centre stone and design with a talon and feather.
I used CAD to draw the design on the computer – I could work on the smaller details of the talons and skin. Simon saw the finished ring in CAD and asked for a few last minute tweaks. When he was happy, the engagement ring was printed in wax and then cast in 18-carat white gold. I finished and polished the bespoke engagement ring and kept him up-to-date with photos via WhatsApp. As soon as it was ready, I sent him a photo of the finished product.
Since Simon’s based in London, where my jewellery studio is, I hand-delivered the ring to him.
He was very pleased with his bespoke engagement ring! He said he’d loved being kept up to date with pictures of the making process. A few days later I received a text message from him: a photo with the words ‘YES!’
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