It is one of my favourite requests … a bespoke proposal piece... So when I received an email from a man who already had some stones and wanted them set…. I was excited to see what we would do.
Jonathan who happens to be the director of the cool website Mr Aristotle, came to see us. He had an envelope of beautiful stones that he had mined himself a few years before and his idea was to set these into a ring to present to his girlfriend and pop the question. All rich beautiful sapphire colours in shades of greens and blues and in a variety of shapes from round, trillion to princess cut. It was so much fun to get my hands on these beautiful stones.
To add to the excitement Jonathan was heading to New York in 5 weeks time to have a white Christmas and wanted to pop the question to his girlfriend then…. So we needed to create something truly special and with no delay.
As the stones were a mix of shapes and sizes, the vision was to create a modern yet timeless take on the proposal ring. An obvious choice was to create a claw setting for the stones, but I was worried this might date very quickly and not very original.
Jonathan wanted a one off ring that told a 'story' and showed off the beautiful rich colours of the stones. After the initial design chat, I suggested a 'Gypsy style setting' (also called ‘Flush mount setting’) as a unique and timeless approach to the ring. A gypsy setting means the gemstone appears to sit flush with the surface of the metal, the stone is sunk into the metal and sits just below the surface. The oval white gold disc top was the perfect 'space' to show off these one-off stones.
Jonathan loved the ring. He proposed under the marble arches of Grand Central Station in New York. And more importantly she said Yes.