That’s what Joel had in mind when he first called me! He wanted a surprise engagement ring – nothing traditional nor mainstream. He knew that his girlfriend’s favorite colors are orange and purple. He liked the idea of a curve ring such as the Jackie and the Lydia engagement rings which he saw on my website and he wanted a Lotus flower! The rest, he left it up to me to put it all together and make his girlfriend the perfect engagement ring.
First thing that we needed was to pick out the center gem, which in Joel’s case was a diamond. The structure of a ring always depends on the center gem. The color, size and shape of the center stone determines the scale of the entire ring. The sides should be proportional to the center, always enhancing the center gem and never compete with it.
I brought in a few diamonds for Joel to pick from. The one that he chose is a 0.64 carat diamond GIA certified. Next, I started combing through colored gems to see what would be the most suitable for Madeligne’s ring.
Ninety five percent of my clients, come in for a custom made surprise engagement ring and I always ask to see images of their girlfriend. That’s how I can design a different engagement ring for each person. I make the ring according to the person’s style and personality that I see in the image. A picture of the hand makes it even more perfect, as the structure of the hand will give a good idea about the general shape and height of the ring.
From the pictures that Joel showed me, Madeligne looked like a very happy, bright and absolutely lovely young lady! For the orange and purple colored gems, representing Madeligne’s favorite colors, I decided to use natural orange and purple sapphires! They were the most appropriate choice for their brightness and durability. I picked out 2.2 millimeter orange sapphires to go on top of the band, on the curve, and tiny purple sapphires for the lotus flower that would make the walls of the center basket. As for the design of the lotus flower, I decided to put them in an angle to complement the wave shape of the the band. I also made the center diamond stand out by making a bright polished rim around the diamond!
Joel surprised Madeligne in a most wonderful way! After their engagement, Madeligne came in to talk about wedding bands and that’s when I took this picture of Madeligne’s beautiful hand wearing her custom made surprise engagement ring!!
Congratulations to an adorable and delightful couple!