Updated: Jan 19, 2019
"I have met your husband". This was the sentence Debbie's friend Sarah said into the phone . She excused herself from the table to call Debbie and notify her, immediately, of the discovery.
Debbie and Gil met shortly thereafter at another group event. The connection was instant. Within a very short period of time, Gil had convinced Debbie not to purchase a new couch because he had just bought a couch and he was fairly certain they would be living together in only a few months...
Gil and Debbie have now been married for 25 years.
A lot can happen in 25 years. Debbie was 29 when she met Gil. He was a reporter back then and now he works in technology. She worked for big companies and now she had her own jewelry collection, May Came Home. They have two children. They are space buffs, love politics, and are drawn to the pops of color and strong geometrics in David Kline's travel posters. They have a vast collection of World's Fair memorabilia, snow globes, and other fun items that display their fun, bright relationship.
This year, as Debbie and Gil celebrate 25 years of marriage, Debbie decided to redesign her engagement ring to refresh the style.
Debbie's original engagement ring contained a diamond from her father-in-law's Knights of Pythias stick pin flanked by two round sapphires. The stones were set in platinum in a very classic three-stone arrangement.
She also came with her mother-in-law's 25th anniversary ring--an eternity band in platinum set with 31 baguette diamonds.
By taking elements of these two rings, we created a 25th anniversary ring for Debbie in 18k yellow gold with a matte finish that gives our deco inspiration a modern flare. The round brilliant diamond and sapphires are arranged in a vertical pattern, bezel set with octagonal frames. The diamond is raised slightly above the sapphires to call attention to it as the main stone and give the illusion of greater size. It also has the frame in a different orientation from the sapphires to subtly draw attention to the diamond.
The octagonal gemstone frames are echoed in the overall silhouette of the ring. Two vertical baguettes continue the vertical line of the diamond/sapphire arrangement. They are set along a beveled buttress of yellow gold that provides the octagon silhouette. With diamonds that extend down the band on both sides with bead settings, the ring seems to balance on the light of the diamonds and ethereal glow of matte gold.
This new engagement ring design represents the evolving lives and love between Debbie and Gil. By taking elements from her father-in-law's pin, her mother-in-law's anniversary band, and her own engagement ring, this 25th Anniversary redesign connects their family through the histories captured in this ring. I am thrilled that Sarah was right over 25 years ago and even happier to have been given the challenge of redesigning this beautiful heirloom.
Debbie, You have been such a joy to work with and I am honestly so flattered that you, a fellow jewelry designer, came to me for this meaningful project. It has been such a gift to get to know you better. Thank you for trusting me with your ring and allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your story!