it had always been Nana’s intention that her wedding set go to her granddaughter, and so mom made it happen. she knew her son-in-law to be an incurable romantic, and indeed he was all-in on this special project.
i first met this family years ago when we rode at the same barn. flash forward to 2018 when she stumbled across my website portfolio where backstories accompany my jewelry designs and completed pieces. intrigued, she phoned about possibly getting her mothers wedding set redesigned to her son on law by a specific date … and the rest, as we say, is history.
the magnificent center diamond came from Nana Rose’s original wedding set. one parameter we established was that her daughter’s chosen profession made the use of prongs impractical to hold that diamond. regarding the design, she offered little instruction and was quite open to design ideas from me.
also, she was insistent upon reusing the gold from the rings. before coming to me she had actually taken it to other jewelers who said the metal cannot be reused. i also felt it was my duty to explain the cons. it is common for jewelry metal to be comprised of 50% fine gold and the rest alloys, which puts at risks the integral strength upon melting. the original metal was so very important to her that we proceeded, with an understanding that the metal may not be as pliant as is optimal.