December 07, 2016
What do Japan and a Delaware museum have in common? They're both an important part of Allie and Whitney's ring story!
Whitney and Allie's moms work together at a museum, and wanted their kids to meet. Whitney and Allie had both traveled to and loved Japan, which was enough in common for the moms to set them upCount this as the most successful mom setup ever! Whitney and Allie hit it off and have been inseparable ever since. You can tell that these two completely adore and admire one another. They're both entrepreneurs and 100% support and respect each other's passions and ambitions.
The antique old european cut stone that Whitney chose for Allie in a simple solitaire setting. // photo Alison Dunn Photography
Needless to say, I was over the moon when Whitney got in touch about proposing to Allie! Allie is a CAD expert and a toy designer, so Whitney knew she would want some input on her final ring design. For now, we would focus on getting a beautiful round diamond. We eventually decided on a lively antique Old European Cut stone. Whitney proposed on the banks of the Schuylkill River with a simple solitaire and of course she said yes! He then asked Allie to work with me to create her dream setting.
I chatted with Allie and Whitney to get some inspiration for the new setting. Luckily, Allie already loved many details on the original solitaire. The open and airy side details appealed to her. She knew she wanted to incorporate sapphires into a 3 stone design. Over the next few days, I worked on a CAD rendering of a three stone with a trellis design. Allie gave me the "ok" and I sent it off for casting!
Softer sapphire on the left, darker sapphire on the right - which would you choose for this three stone diamond engagement ring?
In the meantime, we had to choose the sapphires. Allie is particular about the tone and shade of blue in sapphires, so I chose two pairs to show her - one more vivid and bright, the other a softer blue. After seeing the softer blue sapphires next to her antique stone, Allie chose them for her engagement ring. She'll likely want sapphires in her wedding band, so I made sure they had a matching hue available in smaller stones for when we make her wedding band!
The finished three stone diamond and sapphire engagement ring design.
Once the stones were set and the ring appraised, Allie picked up her beautiful new ring. Congratulations Allie! I couldn't be more excited for you and Whitney.
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