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.
My mother wears a ring on every one of her ten fingers. This is probably from where my fascination with gems and jewelry began, as a young girl I examined each of her fingers and coveted the colored stones set atop of her golden bands. She was never really one for diamonds. Her engagement ring was a pink sapphire with a star that danced across the surface as it moved. She preferred to collect gems of different hues and shapes, often looking down at her hands when we passed a jewelry store, humming “I could really use a green pear-shape for this finger.”
The list of her preferences goes on: Cabochons, yes. Prongs, no. And yellow gold only — That was, until her daughter was a broke college student crafting jewelry out of silver. She then graciously welcomed silver jewelry into her wardrobe.
This year she and my father entrusted me to redesign their wedding set. They married in their early twenties and began with a modest set of rings. They were lovely, but lightweight. For their 20th anniversary they had upgraded to a heftier set of bands, and 15 years later they found themselves ready for a third iteration. I was honored to take part in this new chapter.
We gathered up all 6 of their old rings and re-used the gold. The new bands would still contain elements of the old. I had sold my mother on the merits of diamonds over the years, but she was still drawn to the idea of vibrant colors (“I would really like a blue, and I think it needs to be square!”) Thus, the center gem for my mother’s engagement ring became a princess cut blue diamond.
We agreed upon a water-inspired motif for the new bands. Whether they’re on river with a canoe or a in a ship out on the ocean, my father and mother are at peace when on the open water. Growing up in Michigan our family weekends often revolved around the lakes and our boats. It seemed only fitting to draw upon these memories for their new set of wedding bands.
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.
Perhaps you remember this special little number from last year. The custom engagement ring designed by the husband-to-be featured four woven leaves holding a 2+ carat diamond. Obviously, she answered his proposal with a resounding ‘yes!’. The wedding plans were quickly underway. This spring the lovely couple returned to me in hopes of carrying the leaf motif over into their coordinating wedding bands.
His wedding band features a trio of relief carved leaves and a single bezel set gem. The ring is cast in palladium and high polished, which has a great look alongside her platinum bands. The emerald harkens to the emerald accents on the leaves of her engagement ring.
Her band features an alternating leaf pattern with 8 larger diamonds set in prongs, and 8 teensy diamonds set in bezels, and the entire ring is cast in platinum. The finished trio of rings is romantic, whimsical, and uniquely them.
As a jewelry lover and maker, I’ve long adored the blog Jewelry Fashion Tips. Amy’s quick wit and undeniable jewelry sense makes her blog a super fun read. This week I was just tickled to see her review of the Gallery of Jewels Summer of Love Bridal Event and find this photo of her wearing the new Green Diamond Empire Engagement Ring. Thanks so much for the nod, Amy! You always wear diamonds so well…
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!
Spring has arrived, which means wedding season is in full swing!
This month Ethan and Emily, a darling Bay Area couple, tie the knot with three custom rings. The first was her pear shape white sapphire engagement ring, which I created in secret with the groom-to-be last year. He wanted a look that was classic, unique, and without the use of diamonds. We found this dazzling pear-shape white sapphire to take center stage. The polished 14k yellow gold gave a sophisticated look, and setting the stone sideways provided a touch of interesting asymmetry.
This spring I crafted the custom fit white gold wedding band. Two more twinkling white sapphires nestle right next to her engagement ring. It’s shape reminds me of a warm embrace, and it’s charm comes from the union of two equally lovely gems. I’ve named this darling the two-lovers ring.
For him, we created a timeless classic. A 14k yellow gold band polished to a high shine with a lightly domed interior for extra comfort. Perfection.
Join me in wishing these two lovers well as they begin the next chapter in life!