JUST in case any of you were wondering if I made my wife’s wedding ring…the answer is yes, of course I did!
What kind of goldsmith would I be if I didn’t? That is basically the ultimate perk of my job, kinda like when a firefighter saves a kitten from a tree, it just feels amazing.
Ever since I began learning this trade back in 2001, I looked forward to the day when I would design and create a ring for the person I fell in love with, which eventually came in the summer of 2011.
Without further ado, let me introduce “The Precious.”
Story Behind The Design
Let me first say that Brooke had absolutely no requests when it came to what kind of ring she wanted. This virtually gave me full freedom to design the ring (for better or worse) the way I desired. I wanted to do something that was simple, yet classy.
I didn’t have very much money at the time but I knew that I wanted to stretch myself as far as I could without going into debt. Thankfully a timely tax return helped me secure a beautiful diamond (by far the most expensive part of the ring).
I specifically searched for a diamond that was SI2 in clarity because that is generally the threshold where you won’t see any inclusions with the naked eye, and I also wasn’t breaking the bank going for a higher clarity that can only be seen under a microscope.
In keeping with the minimalist design, I opted to have the diamond set in a bezel. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of bezels and their simple and sexy look. In addition, I was looking to the future and knowing that we would eventually want children, bezels serve as the safest choice for women with babies. Diamonds set into prongs run the risk of scratching a babies delicate skin. (see How to Baby Proof Your Ring) I then flush set 4 diamonds, two on each side of the center diamond to provide accents.
This honestly was an extra fun time because I had not yet gone out on my own yet. In fact, this was the first time that I had even attempted to flush set a diamond, so this whole experience was definitely a learning one. Thankfully I was working with a wonderful crew of goldsmiths who helped and guided me along the way. (Shoutout to Aaron, Juan, and Carlos!)
This ring is definitely not perfect.
If I had to remake it today, I’m sure my stone setting would be a bit straighter and more refined, but it’s these small imperfections that make the ring so special for Brooke and I.
While we are in the mood of reminiscing, I can only say that her reaction was far beyond anything I was ever expecting.
It was just…perfect.
On a lonely trail in the Uinta National Forest in Utah, I asked the love of my life to marry me, and got the best answer I could have received.
What came next was pure, juicy entertainment from a goldsmiths perspective…
She couldn’t stop looking at the ring.
As we hiked she kept repeating, “it’s sooo pretty!” at least 50 times. Even as we hiked back I had to watch the trail for her because she was so focused on her hand.
In closing, the best part about this ring is that it fits Brooke’s style and personality, which is so important!
This ring was never meant to be about showmanship, rather a reminder of the love which will last a lifetime and beyond.