I met Stuart in a glitter-filled tent in the middle of a field in Suffolk last summer. (It was a music festival.) About six months later I heard from again - he had decided to propose to Anna and wanted to me to help him create a bespoke and personal design!
When we first started talking we had a few basic starting points: to use a sustainable diamond taken from a vintage piece of jewellery, to have an Art Deco element, and to use rose gold. We discussed a cushion cut diamond flanked by two trillion cut rubies in white gold settings on a rose gold band. A very pretty design, but not with the unique wow factor that Stuart was looking for.
I then spent a couple of weeks studying vintage styles that Anna liked. She had some useful boards on her Pinterest so I was able to get more of an idea of her style without having met her and without her having any idea what we were planning!
I came up with three styles for Stuart to consider:
The first design came out of our first conversation, the second was an update on late Victorian styles and the third blended elements of the Victorian and Art Deco, combining stylised floral patterns with bold 1930s shapes - this is the one Stuart was immediately drawn to. So I got down to working out the details and gathering a selection of vintage stones to view.
Everything was sent to be handmade in my London workshop and after an impatient wait...
It is so exiting to see the two dimensional designs elevated to a real, stunning piece! The central diamond is a 0.43ct Old European cut taken from an antique brooch set into a distinctive hexagon. The four leaf-like shapes each contain a tiny diamond and have a millgrain edging as a nod to vintage design. The ring is made from a sumptuously warm 9ct rose gold which we preferred to 18ct to achieve the richer colour.
I think we were all quite emotional when Stuart came to collect his engagement ring and the next couple of weeks I anxiously waited to hear how the proposal went - she said yes!