Over the past couple of years I’ve been fortunate to be invited to show at the beautiful Shiplake College Wedding Fair and become one of their recommended suppliers.
Last summer I was contacted by bride-to-be Julia who was in the midst of planning her dream wedding at Shiplake College. She got in touch after the events team at Shiplake recommended me, to discuss having a bespoke wedding ring made to work alongside her 14ct white gold vintage engagement ring.
After exchanging a few emails we decided to meet up in person when Julia and Joe were next in the area wedding planning.
During our meeting I was able to show Julia a selection of sample rings which she could try on with her vintage engagement ring – this gave her an idea of what worked and what didn’t work in terms of style and fit. It was also a great opportunity to see her engagement ring, and discuss what would be most suitable as a wedding ring. Julia’s engagement ring was made from 14ct white gold, a popular carat used in the rest of Europe but is less common in the UK. It was important to know this detail, so I could match the metal for the wedding ring (this is important for wear and durability).
During our meeting Julia was drawn to a vintage inspired diamond eternity ring, which fitted well with the style of her vintage engagement ring. I explained that I could create something similar, but matching the spacing and colour of the diamonds in her engagement ring, so that the two rings would be ‘made for each other’.
The beauty of being able to show sample rings gives the customer an idea of what they could have, but also with the flexibility to tweak and combine elements to create the perfect piece. This can also help to bring designs in line with a customer’s budget.
After our meeting Julia asked me to work out a quote for the diamond eternity ring and a simpler plain wedding band so that she could consider the two options.
Julia decided to proceed with a 50% deposit for the vintage inspired diamond wedding ring, as the design fitted perfectly with her engagement ring. I personally think this was a great choice, as the small sparkly diamonds and vintage millgrain edge really complimented her engagement ring.
Once the deposit was paid, I began to source the diamonds for her ring which had to match the colour and clarity of the diamonds in her engagement ring. Whilst sourcing the diamonds I also made a start on the 14ct white gold band. When the band was made up, I met up with Julia again for her to try it on for size, and to measure and match up the spacing of the diamonds against her engagement ring. The sizing was spot on, so all that was left to do was to send the band for hallmarking before the diamonds could be set, and the ring would then be finished with a high polish, rhodium plate and decorative millgrain edge.
This was a great piece to create, working to adapt one of my designs to match and work with Julia’s existing engagement ring. I’m pleased to say that Julia was also thrilled with the results!
“Thank you for dropping off the ring yesterday. I just got home and tried it on... I absolutely love it - it's beautiful!Julia
Thank you for doing such a great job - it's been a pleasure working with you.”