I’m working with a young couple from halfway around the world, creating a custom engagement ring. I’m absolutely smitten with these two.
When Heather first contacted me she was on a reconnaissance mission; her fiance is an adorable procrastinator, and when he was ready to move on this engagement ring she wanted to have all the information he needed so we could make it that day and she could wear it tomorrow. I asked her what she had in mind, and the emails which followed made me cry.
She adores this man. She credits him with pushing her to finish her schooling in wine making when she was ready to give up. She comes from a long line of divorces, and they want their engagement ring to be something that is more than a ring, but a symbol of a new beginning and the life they are going to build together. Something they can pass down and explain the meaning of to their children. A champagne diamond for the champagne of her wine making and the color of her hood at graduation, the graduation she wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t for him. They wanted their ring to symbolize two hands reaching for each other.
And then I heard from Nate. He wants whatever makes her happy. The most important thing to Nate is that we create something for Heather to cherish, and how can we do that?
What came through in their letters was how much they really, really value each other. They are both so content to put the others happiness first, and while that seems as if it should be a given in a young couple, it isn’t, is it?
Nate drew some sketches, taking into account Heather’s ideas and making them his own. He wanted somewhat squared lines, but was concerned about it looking too heavy, or manly.
He asked for my thoughts, and I urged him to let me get the bezel up and out so that the engagement ring would sit flush with Heather’s wedding band. The rings will be worn everyday, and so a comfortable, pretty fit with the wedding band is important. Additionally, a good fit will highlight Nate’s design.
Thinking it might help us all visualize things a bit better, I created a rough silver mock-up, trying to stay close to the spirit of Nate’s design. They want the stylized hands to be the bezel, and that presented several challenges. I had to backtrack and rework several times to avoid having the setting look like a Ying-Yang symbol, and it was a challenge to shape the hands in a way that will let the stone catch the light and sparkle.
I’ve sent them these images of the mock up, with notes about what I’d like do differently. I’m eager to hear their thoughts.