In this post you’ll hear a beautiful engagement story of Barnaby and Olivia. You’ll see the creation of their exclusive engagement ring and you’ll also learn a few tips and tricks to help you prepare for your bespoke jewellery service consultation.
It is a windy Tuesday morning, people chaotically rush to work and Barnaby, my new customer, is on his way to Bedford to meet me and have a chat about my Bespoke Service. He wants to get a bespoke engagement ring made for his girlfriend and I am very excited because my gut tells me Barnaby is up for a very unique and innovative design. We meet at The Embankment, a great local pub overlooking the river Great Ouse, and after exchanging pleasantries over a few sips of fresh coffee, we dive into the imaginative exploration process.
On his phone Barnaby had some images of actual rings that his girlfriend had tried on in a high street shop and genuinely liked. This is extremely valuable as it helps me understand exactly what she fancies and how her dream engagement ring should look like.
Barnaby is looking for a high-quality 1ct diamond. I immediately check with our manufacturers and find an exclusive diamond, suitable for his budget. I explain a bit more about diamonds, their size, quality and price in this blog post.
I get it. You think it sounds like a long time and are wondering, is it worth the wait? Well, apart from being one-of-a-kind, our engagement rings feature premium, high-grade conflict-free Canadian diamonds which are rare and have a high value and recognition in the world of jewellery.
During our conversation with Barnaby, we brainstorm and come to the conclusion that Olivia, his fiancée, would like a shining diamond as a central stone. Moreover, she wants tiny sparkling diamonds around the central stone, all of which would go down the sides of the ring, the arm of the ring, and then there would be a vintage-looking setting with decorative grain work. Incredible ideas in just one meeting!
After a week, I send Barnaby a few designs to review. When he goes through the designs there is one ring that he immediately falls in love with: it’s exactly what he wanted and what he expected. You won’t believe this but the night before, when I had showed the designs to my partner, Philippe, he had chosen the same design of the engagement ring as his number one! I know that exclusive design is meant to come alive and shine on Olivia’s finger for the rest of her life. I can feel she is destined to have this ring!
Olivia’s ring is made using Fairtrade gold and a Canadian certified diamond, a diamond that comes with a certificate of quality and origin so we know exactly the mine that it comes from.
Her ring is a Bespoke Ethical Engagement Ring – this is an amazing option which I suggest to all my customers in our bespoke service: you can get your ethical engagement ring made using ethical materials.
The design had a mix of different size shining diamonds, central stone of above 0.6ct and small 1- 1.5mm diamonds down the sides and different setting techniques: rub over setting and grain setting. For quality and design, it’s a winner.
Now, hold your breath. The result of my initial casual consultation is this stunning diamond ring, wonderful and special – not like anything you have seen before… and I am very proud of its design.
After a few weeks I meet up with Barnaby to give him this stunning ring, his unforgettable tribute to endless love and harmonious life together. Barnaby is so happy and excited: he had already planned his weekend away in Italy to make a surprise to Olivia, and what a surprise!
I had a chance to meet lovely Olivia a few weeks later to slightly resize her ring. This is a free service I offer to my customers, as, naturally, it is difficult to get the perfect ring measurement without spoiling a surprise. Don’t worry – if you are unsure about her size, we can design a ring that is easily re-sizeable, no problem.
Olivia has been a happy woman ever since with her new gorgeous ring and she smiles saying: “it is the nicest ring I had ever seen”. I couldn’t be happier!
As anticipated, the next step for me with Barnaby and Olivia is designing a special wedding band to match her engagement ring.
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