Bespoke Commissions

Australian Sapphire & White Diamond Engagement Ring

A custom engagement ring I recently completed for Paddy. Read below to learn more about the process of creating this particular custom piece, & how he proposed to his girlfriend Claudia while on holiday in Italy.

Paddy got in touch via email about a custom engagement ring for his girlfriend Claudia. He had a good idea of what he wanted: he loved the Golden Teeth Solitaire style & knew he wanted to use a large central sapphire, but was open to me coming up with a few different ideas to create something entirely unique for him.

Instead of hand drawing some concepts up on paper, I mocked up some rough photoshopped images of different sapphires and stone placement. This allowed me to be a bit more playful with ideas and also helped to give Paddy a more realistic example of the finished piece. Paddy was drawn to the symmetrical design of the round central sapphire flanked by two Australian diamonds, as it combined traditional & contemporary elements. I mocked up a few more photoshopped ring concepts, this time with sapphires I had available to me and with quotes attached.

  Rough photoshopped concepts for my client exploring gem placement, shape & colour.

Rough photoshopped concepts for my client exploring gem placement, shape & colour.

Paddy chose a beautiful 0.96ct Blue Australian Sapphire sourced from Queensland & cut in South Australia. The ring was hand carved & cast in 18ct white gold, the sapphire set & flanked with two ethically sourced white Australian Argyle diamonds.

Paddy shared his proposal story and a few words on his experience working with me to create his custom piece.

"We have both been pretty busy with work and haven’t had much time off together for the last year or so. We had a two week holiday to Europe booked and it occurred to me that it would be a good time to pop the question. I’d made my mind up a while ago that I wanted to marry Claudia. But I wanted it to be at least a little bit romantic.

So with the ring stuffed away in my hand luggage we jetted off to Rome. On our first night I took Claud’s on a little walking sojourn. We saw a few sites along the way and ended up on top of one of the 7 hills of Rome over looking the setting sun. I fumbled around for the ring and dropped a knee. She was very surprised and thought I was joking for a little bit. Anyway she said yes and pop went the champagne. Claud’s was wearing another ring on that finger at the time, and because of the recent long haul flight was overloaded with fluid. We almost ripped her finger off to get the ring off and then slid the new one onto the red sausage like finger. 

Having such a beautiful ring made the whole experience that much better. We both love the final product and its special to have been apart of the process from inception to finger. Allie was amazing to work with from start to finish. Professional yet personal. She guided me through the design process and the ring ended up being the dream ring."

A big thank you & congratulations to Paddy + Claudia.

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