This was one of the most exciting and challenging commission projects I’ve taken on thus far. It’s made it to the projects page because it is my very first formal engagement ring.
The couple that commissioned the ring had actually found and dug up the stone (a blue topaz) themselves at a mining site in Tennessee, and had it faceted. The bride to be handed me the stone and said “Something simple but different and unique.”
The stone reminded me of water so I designed a textured band to look like a pebbly creek bed flowing beneath the vibrant blue of the topaz. The creation of the ring was several days of diligent focus, steady hands, and unwavering patience and attention to details.
As I carefully hammered, shaped, filed, welded, filed some more, set prongs, held my breath, set a stone, and finally polished… It came together and became everything I envisioned and then some. It required me to push my limits and skill set, and for that I am always grateful.
The couple absolutely loved the ring, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the entire experience.
View more photos below of the creative process and more: