This is the story of a sapphire engagement ring commission that may just be our most romantic commission to date. We were lucky enough to have a recent visit from the couple who are based in the US. While they were here we were able to photograph the ring and can now share their story with you.
In our customer Ryan’s words:
“When I decided to propose to my girlfriend, I knew that a traditional engagement ring wouldn’t work. I wanted something that matched her style, that she would truly love, and that would be unique. I also wanted to incorporate a sapphire that had been in my possession for several years. This meant that ordering a standard ring style and stone from a big online jeweller was out of the question, and also meant that the big name jewellers weren’t workable either.
I scoured the internet looking for goldsmiths with a style that matched what I was looking for. I found none locally and widened my search. After looking at what seemed like 1000 rings, I stumbled upon a piece made by McCaul Goldsmiths, which led me to their website. I knew I had found the style I was looking for.
McCaul was based half a world away from San Francisco, in London, but through a twist of fate I had been planning a trip to London in the near future. I saw from their website that McCaul did custom pieces on commission, so I sent an email to them and heard back from David shortly thereafter. He said that working internationally was no problem and that we could work via email on sketches, then I could bring the stone with me to London and he’d make the ring while I was there.”
Ryan explained to us that the sapphire was one he’d found as a child in Montana, USA. It was a rough stone which he’d had cut into a 1.08ct round stone and had held onto for nearly 20 years. When it came time to find an engagement ring he knew that the sapphire was the stone he would use.