Earlier in the year, I was asked by my friend (and former colleague) Tara if I would design and make her engagement ring!
Aside from her happiness, and the great opportunity for me – I think the best part of this story is Cliff’s strategy… he proposed with a wedding ring! Because he knew Tara would want a hand in designing her ring. How smart is that! Cliff should give lessons, eh.
We met and discussed ideas, and after fruitless searching for a very specific stone that, it ends up, doesn’t really exist (a separate story of false advertising), we decided to forge ahead using the stones from her Grandma’s cocktail ring. Which, of course, is more meaningful and in my opinion, Tara got way nicer stones using the old mine cut diamond and sapphires. My favorite cut of stone!
Cliff really wanted it to be 18K gold and Tara really wanted white gold. Since we were using her own stones, we were able to do this! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any “in progress” photos – I was too wrapped up in trying to get it just right!
This is the final result:
Tara loves the ring, but I have to say I got the most enjoyment out of the way Cliff’s whole face lit up!
(And, yes, for any of my fellow goldsmith’s reading this -it sure was fun working with 18K gold!).
Hope you are having a fantastic day – maybe there is some special jewellery in your future!