From the Greek word adamas meaning “invincible”, diamond is the birthstone for June. Dating back to the 1500’s, when it became commonly known that it was the hardest mineral known to man, the diamond has been the gem of choice for engagement and ceremonial rings the world over. Naturally, when selecting a gem for the ring one plans to wear to symbolize a relationship’s enduring love, the eternal diamond is a beautifully brilliant – and practical – choice. (It is also thought that Egyptians believed a vein in the left hand’s ring finger, the vena amoris or “vein of love”, ran directly to the heart. Romans were among the first to practice wearing their engagement rings on this finger.)
Over the past few months I have had many different brides come into the studio to design a diamond engagement ring to symbolize their love. Some have come with beautifully classic diamonds passed down to them from their grandmothers and aunts, in hopes of transforming them into clean modern designs. Another was seeking to create a diamond ring that felt like an incredible ancient treasure recently unearthed. Still another chose a diamond with perfect color, clarity, and cut proportions to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her marriage.
It is such an honor to be able to create rings which celebrate the sacred ritual of joining two individuals together, to play a small part in one of life’s happiest moments celebrating love. To hear people’s stories about how they met, what it was that drew them together, and what remains most important to them, and then begin the process of transforming this information into an object of beauty using precious metals and gems, this is the wonderful challenge. Few things are more satisfying then witnessing the joy people feel when they’ve created their own diamond rings, as unique and individual as them.