What stone(s) /pieces did the client have to start with?
M brought in a ring she inherited from her grandmother. In the ring there was 1, aquamarine and 6, 1mm round white diamonds. The ring was a traditional setting for the 1950’s/60’s. The center stone, an aquamarine, was 9x3.75x2mm in length.
Did the client bring any inspiration photos or visions to the table?
M brought a few design inspirations. The main aspect M brought to the design conversation was that she wanted the piece to feel modern and wanted the band to be somewhat on the thick side. Once Zoelle brought up the idea of the stone being set East x West rather than the previous setting, M was all in! Below was the first and only round of sketches.
What style was the client looking for?
Modern, timeless, able to blend in with other jewelry designs in her wardrobe, durable and feminine.
What obstacles did you encounter during the design process (if any)?
The process through design and production was very seamless. The obstacle we encountered was post production and post delivery. Occasionally, although we hate to admit it, we f*ck up. This project was a classic case of a ring sizing disaster. We produced the ring almost three sizes too small. M was so excited about having the finished ring in her possession she wanted to wait to resize for a week or so. She had the ring on her finger and then the inevitable happened. Her finger swelled and at midnight the first night she had the ring she landed herself at the fire department to get the ring cut off. It was an easy fix on our end to resize and repair the band. M and the Love Zoelle team laugh about this now but this was a mistake that was easily avoidable with some double checking before production. Instead of double checking on size, we now triple check.