Here’s a long overdue look at an awesome set of custom rings.
Jen and her husband Shane were married for 9 years before we met to talk about their wedding rings. They had eloped years ago, and with their 10th anniversary around the corner they began to think about upgrading their wedding set. It’s a very long story… but without Jen I would have never met my husband (It’s thanks to her that he and I ended up in San Francisco at the same time years ago). As you can imagine, I was honored to have this chance to thank her with my time and art. I’m forever in her debt!
It was important to Jen and Shane that the new rings reflected their personality. Jen has an amazing eye for design and had created jewelry of her own years ago. We had fun hanging out in my studio, talking shop and gems and tools and deciding on the perfect style for their wedding set.
The engagement ring we designed was a yellow gold version of my fragment engagement ring using a stellar black rose cut diamond. To stack alongside it, we crafted a palladium Tioga Band and incorporated some of her family diamonds into the mix. Shane’s band is a Flat Diablo Band in palladium with brushed finish and comfort fit interior.
When the rings were complete, Jen and Shane whisked away to wine country to celebrate their 10th anniversary. I wish them all the love and happiness for the years ahead.
I meet lots of lovely couples in my line of work. Sarah and Robalyn are a top-notch example. Couples often come to my studio to design rings together, but for their project each party commissioned a ring unbeknownst to the other.
Sarah reached out to me in January to create a solitaire for Robalyn. She caught me just in time for my annual gem-buying trip in Tucson. With her color palette in mind I was able to sift through vendor after vendor, and parcel after parcel until I picked out just the right diamond for their needs. We set it in 14k yellow gold with a flat, hammered band.
Robalyn returned the favor by creating this ocean-toned band for Sarah. We selected a handful of sapphires in blues, greens, and silvers and agreed on a layout for them to be set into a 14k yellow gold band. We pulled in the same hammered texture from her solitaire ring so the finished pieces would feel related.
Once the cats had been let out of their respective bags, the lovely couple sent me this snap of the two rings resting together along the California Coast. Congratulations Sarah Robalyn!
The lookbook for my 2015 Bridal Collection is finally live! So much went into creating, painting, and styling this shoot. I’m very proud to share this labor of love.
You can view the full collection of images here.
[Stay tuned for a behind the scenes look at those massive watercolor paintings!]
I had a lot of personal stock in the engagement of Matt and Lyndsay. It’s heartwarming to see old friends embark on the adventure of marriage together. I was pumped about creating their engagement ring for a number of reasons: Lyndsay’s color palette was right up my alley. She had set her heart on a dark blue sapphire in a rose gold setting. Matt, whom I befriended during art school nearly 10 years ago, has great design sense. I knew collaborating with him would result in a truly unique piece of jewelry. And finally, I was thankful to finally repay a huge personal debt to Matt. He introduced me to my husband Ryan almost 5 years ago.
Lyndsay and Matt are one of the best travelled couples I know. Because of their jet setting ways, we designed a ring that was comfortable, practical, and special enough for her to wear wherever the wind takes them. The gemstone was sourced during my yearly trip to the Tucson Gem Fair. From the road I sent photo selections of the best sapphires I could find. Back in the studio, Matt’s keen eye for detail came into play as we dug into the ring creation together. Through more sketches and photos we created a turned bezel to just the right silhouette he desired.
The finished ring was cast in 14k rose gold with a sandblasted finish and millgrain detail on the bezel’s rim. It’s enchanting, modern, and elegant.
Tara + Nathan
Tara and Nathan are a darling San Francisco couple whom, if I had to sum up in just three words, are lighthearted, energetic, and adventurous. They’re the kind of couple who are willing to try anything once. They believe you have the best time when you’re in good company. And most notably, they approach everything in life with a wonderful sense of humor. Seeing these two tie the knot made me happy in so many ways, especially because they weren’t afraid to pack their bags and hop a plane to make their wish a reality. Just a few months after their Vegas engagement, they jetted back to tie the knot in a fun and delightfully simple ceremony.
Nathan designed the following ring with me last winter. Together we sourced a 1.5ct marquise diamond and set it into a handcrafted palladium ring with a single row of twinkling pave diamonds across the band. The millgrain border gives it a touch of softness. This ring is truly a showstopper; A perfect fit for their sparkling personalities.