The Serpent Engagement Ring
This Engagement Ring was designed for my friend Danielle. She is a very gentle, kind and loving person, and an amazing friend. With her in mind I came up with the serpentine form. I used a round Brilliant Cut diamond and set it flush to the surface of the ring, which is made in Platinum. The corresponding wedding band nestles along side the engagement ring and the Groom’s wedding band can nestle along side the Bride’s wedding band. These relationships make this simple design very elegant and unique.
The philosophy behind the design is that once you are married you can no longer think only for yourself. You are a team. You will depend on each other. You will lean on one another and support one another. I think this makes perfect sense.
In my current collection there are three Engagement Rings. One of them is my own ring. My husband gave me the diamond. He knew that I would be very picky when it came to jewelry so he wanted me to design my own Engagement Ring.
We were on a plane coming back from Marrakesh. The whole trip long I had been saying: “Design the Engagement Ring!” in my head…..but nothing had come to mind. I was frustrated… was it designer’s block?… I hoped not.
I wondered how I could come up with an unusual design, something unique. I love spirals… I usually do my doodling from spiral shapes. So I was looking for something to sketch on and I found the bag – yes, the airsickness bag, so convenient… I wasn’t thinking that anything important would come out of it.
I started to sketch and sketch… I sketched a few designs, then a spiral one… and finally it all made sense. The stone is a Princess Cut, the setting is Bezel Set which sets the diamond flush to the surface of the ring shank. There is no under bezel so the bottom of the stone and culet are totally exposed. You can see it from the side. It looks like the diamond is floating in the air. The way the culet points down toward the bottom shank completes the ring circle. I thought, “This is it. I got it. ‘My Ring,’ the most unusual and ridiculously perfect design.” My husband smiled. He knew it as well. The ring was made a few months later in Platinum with the diamond that he gave me.