Two days ago the love of my life proposed to me with the most perfect proposal I could have ever imagined. We are currently in France and he did it at one of my favorite place on Earth, Monet’s Garden in Giverny. I am SO excited to show you the proposal, but am still waiting on the photos, so for now, I thought I would post about my ring!
The process started a couple months ago when Alex took me ‘ring shopping.’ We weren’t actually intending on buying one, we just went with the intention of looking at what I might want. I’m glad we did this as it gave me an introductory understanding of rings and allowed me to try on various shapes, sizes etc. However, I’ve known my whole life that I wanted a round cut with a diamond band in white gold, so the only variable I was looking at was whether I should do solitaire or halo. I really have always wanted a halo, but I have recently seen so many gorgeous solitaires so I thought I should consider it.
Ultimately, after trying on many many rings, I decided to follow my instinct: a round diamond set in a halo, with a diamond band in white gold. I wanted truly classic – and when I think classic, I think round. It also made me swoon when trying the rounds on, and really you have to listen to your gut. It’s all about what you want and how you feel!
That all happened about 2-3 months ago and after Alex had determined what I wanted, he set out to find the perfect ring. For a while, he looked at pre-made rings but didn’t find any that matched the specs he wanted, so he changed his approach and decided to look at individual diamonds with the intention of creating a custom ring.
He spent months going to jewelers and brokers looking at different diamonds and eventually decided to work with Jeweler’s Touch in Orange County. For those who don’t know, (I didn’t before this) not all diamond are created equal, there’s not only carat and cut, but also clarity, color, flourescense and so much more. No two diamond are alike, even if two diamond have the exact same specs, they can look completely different.
Eventually, our amazing SA, Corey, at Jeweler’s Touch was able to source the perfect stone. I am very happy with this decision as it made the final product all the more unique. Alex looked at hundreds of stones and decided on this one! Of course, I had no idea about the stone or the backstory until the day he proposed – which was only two days ago!
From there Alex and Corey designed a mold that went with the design I wanted. Once the mold was done, Alex drove me down to Orange County to approve it. That was the closest I got to seeing the final product before the proposal! I loved the mold and my only real condition about the ring (aside from the general design) was that I wanted the band and halo to be as thin and dainty as structurally possible. Otherwise, I entrusted the rest to Alex for the C-specs.
The other cool part about going to see the mold for my ring was getting to see the behind the scenes of my ring being designed and made. Corey explained the process to me and also showed me the digital rendition of my design! It was honestly SO intriguing.
Once I approved the mold, Alex had the ring made, here are some photos of the process!
Seeing the digital rendering and wax mold was the last I heard or saw of the ring until the day Alex asked me to marry him! Most of my friends thought it was odd I was so involved in the design process, but from my personal experience, neither knowing the design you want, seeing it in wax, nor in a digital rendering, prepare you for the surprise of seeing the actual ring. So, I don’t personally feel like it took away from the proposal reveal at all!
Now that the ring is on my hand, I can’t stop staring at it! I am amazed how beautiful it is! I love Alex’s decision to make a custom ring as it truly feels unique to represent his love. Every time I see it, I’m reminded of the fact that he created it just for me. Honestly? It just keeps shocking me that it’s there at all, I’m still not at all used to it, haha, but it is truly a lovely reminder that I am the luckiest girl in the world.
Thank you Corey and Jeweler’s Touch! I highly recommend them if you are designing a ring in Southern California. They are fair with their prices, honest, knowledgeable, and will listen to you (This is not at all sponsored, by the way). I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos, but we are still waiting to receive those, stay tuned for more about the actual proposal!
*Most of these photos and information was provided to me after the fact by Alex! He even co-wrote this post, engaged life suits my co-author well haha 🙂
Cassandra Cadwell (soon to be Swain!)