My brother Ben asked me to create a custom engagement ring for his girlfriend, Meg. He had a few images of vintage-inspired rings that Meg mentioned she was interested in.
I had been picking up clues over time, as well. I already knew her finger size, that she likes round diamonds, and prefers bezel settings. That's enough to start with!
(Ready to start dropping hints yourself? Send me a message!)
I created two options for Ben to look over. The first option featured a round brilliant center diamond with a simple split-prong halo. I added some leaf-shaped filigree underneath the halo for support.
The second option had a scalloped halo, an umbrella-style head (so her wedding band will be able to fit flush), and two marquise-shaped accents on either side of the halo.
I sent Ben images of the 3D printed wax (below) he was leaning towards. This way, he could better visualize how the finished product would look in real life. I think this step is really helpful!
You can see that there is milgrain (beaded) detailing around the edges of the scalloped half bezels. At this point, we decided to keep those half bezels plain, instead of adding the milgrain.
And finally, it was time to pick a winner!
Ben chose the second engagement ring option because it had more of the vintage vibe that he knew Meg was looking for. He proposed to her on a autumn afternoon walk in the woods, on the anniversary of their first date. She said YES!
Congratulations Ben and Meg!