When our friend Vittorio came to us to create an engagement ring for his girlfriend Fabianne, we were pretty excited. First, because it's kind of an honor when two of your chicest friends think you are up to the task of making a piece of jewelry that will represent both of them. (Vit is CEO and Creative Director of super cool footwear brand Joshua Sanders, and Fabi is the accessory buyer for Intermix.) But second, because as far as clients go, they are the dream – outside-the-box thinkers looking for something unusual and super custom.
While Fabi had an inkling that a ring might be in her future (and in fact we had done some scouting at the antique show in NYC), we weren't given a specific design at the start of the process. A few key things we wanted to include: yellow gold, a champagne diamond, and a sleek but bold three-dimensional shape reminiscent of the 1970s Italian jewelry all four of us have an affinity for. (Yes, yes, this is Fabi's ring. But we kind of feel like it's our ring, too. Whatevs.)
Fabi, however, wasn't involved in the design – surprise was something Vit wanted to achieve with this ring. So we talked through some ideas, put together some renderings, and ended up with a chunky but sculptural Toi et Moi design featuring one champagne and one colorless diamond. We suggested pear shapes because they are both retro and timeless, and add visual interest to a sleek setting.
Next up: rock hunting. We wanted two different sized diamonds, a bold, chubby champagne and a smaller, slender white, to create asymmetry. Our first try was good, but Vit wanted a richer brownish/golden hue for the larger stone. Pass two was perfect – an intriguing champagne that resembled a wheat field in perfect afternoon light.
On to the wax! An important piece to this design was the boldness of the setting that included a knife-edge design rather than a totally smooth band. Our first pass, on the left, felt a little clunky and didn't have quite the right flow. Our second try, on the right, felt effortless. Both diamonds were turned slightly inward, creating a visual elegance that felt right on target for what a Toi et Moi ring should represent.
Finally, the big reveal. Although Fabi knew that a proposal was in her future at some point, she had no idea that a ring was on its way. She almost didn't get said ring because we both wanted to keep it. Sadly, Vit was the one paying, so we had to say goodbye. Sadness.
Just a little super sexy bold gold diamond goodness for your hump day. You're welcome. We'd like to particularly thank Vit and Fabi for trusting us to make a ring badass enough for both of you. And we can't wait to work together again!
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