The countdown is on! In just two short weeks my baby brother Joseph is getting hitched. Yesterday I completed the wedding bands for their ceremony, and I was reminded that Anna’s knockout of an engagement ring had yet to appear on my blog.
Joe and I sneakily designed this ring together. They live on the east coast in North Carolina, and I’m all the way out in San Francisco, so casually showing her jewelry around my shop to learn her style was out of the question. We needed a clever way to get her opinion on designs without the dead giveaway of sitting her down in front of my website.
I had just completed the shoot for my bridal lookbook so I emailed my brother proofs on the premise that I needed help narrowing down to the best photos. He opened the email within Anna’s line of sight, and in no time she was leaning over his shoulder pointing out her favorite pieces. Bingo.
The resulting ring is 18k rose gold with a .60ct rose cut black diamond in the center. It’s surrounded by a border of sparkling white diamonds. All at once it is romantic but edgy, luxe yet casual.
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!]
Many belated posts are headed to the blog this week highlighting the secret (and not-so-secret) projects from the final months of 2014. I had so many custom designs across my workbench during the holidays and creating them was incredible way to wrap the year. Now that the proposals and gift-givings have passed, it’s safe for me to sit down and recount all of the personalized designs that went to loving homes during the winter months.
First up… a special wedding band set!
You may recall this deep blue beauty from the engagement of Matt and Lyndsay earlier in 2014. The couple wed in November at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. To compliment her rose gold ring, we crafted a blue sapphire crescent band which contoured to her center sapphire. Matt opted for a comfortable, flat Tam Wedding Band with gently rounded edges and textured finish.
A full bridal offering has been something on my mind (and on my to-do list) for quite some time. Over the past year I have worked through prototypes, traveled to hand select diamonds and gems, carved, cast, and experimented. The culmination of this hard work and my ever-growing vision is something I am so honored to finally share with you.
Gallery of Jewels has been so gracious to offer me a slot in their Summer of Love Bridal Event to launch the new collection in style. From July 11th through 27th you can visit the entire grouping (over 50 rings and bands!) in person at their 24th Street Gallery. Best of all, they’ll be hosting a special event with me on Saturday, July 12th, where you can pick my brain about all things bridal. I hope to see you there!
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.