It’s fun when I get to make the engagement ring and wedding bands for a couple and then attend the wedding. That’s happened a few times. (Whenever you hear someone stage-whisper, “THANK GOD!” when a wedding band smoothly goes on a finger, you know there’s a jewelry designer among the guests.) Last weekend, I had the pleasure of being present when my tall and gorgeous friends Abigail and Max got married on the roof of the Box House Hotel in Brooklyn.
I made Abigail’s sapphire-halo engagement ring last year, and Max and I had a lot of fun surprising her with it.
In previous posts, I shared “real life” photos of the ring, but it seems I never posted the well-lit, professional ones by SquareMoose Photography. In addition to the front view, seen above, I asked Ed Parrinello of SquareMoose to take a profile photo too. Like many of my brides, Abigail felt very strongly about having a ring that is as flush to the finger as possible. It’s more practical for everyday wear than an old-fashioned high setting that juts out and snags on everything.
I made simple platinum wedding bands for both Abigail and Max. Before I started working on those, we all got together and I asked them if they wanted high-polish or satin finishes. Abigail wanted her ring shiny. Max said he preferred matte. Abigail responded to that with, “You do?!?” To give him credit, Max looked appropriately alarmed, but he confirmed he wanted the satin finish. Naturally, I gave both rings a high-polish finish, which both customers appreciated. I’ve been making engagement rings for 13 years now; I know whose instructions to follow!
The day of the actual wedding was chilly, so I felt like dressing for fall rather than spring.
Skirt: Libertine (2015)
Shoes: Prada (possibly 2004, previously seen here)
Unseen purse: Prada (2007)
I made up for my lack of necklaces with a wealth of bracelets. I made the skinny diamond bangles but the rest were gifts. The wide gold bracelet engraved with “Barbara” was given to my gorgeous mother, BarbaraB, by her parents for her 16th birthday. The narrower bangle a bit below that was given to me for my 16th birthday … by Mom’s parents. Like I said in reference to the royal wedding (which took place on the same day as this one), I love the way jewelry connects the generations.
As for what Abigail was wearing, her sleek and sophisticated gown was from The Mews, which focuses on French designs — a little tip for anyone shopping for a wedding dress in addition to wedding jewelry.
Congrats again to Abigail and Max! And a special thank you to Abigail for letting me relieve her of her engagement ring right before her honeymoon, so that it can be displayed at a jewelry-industry event. That’s the one downside of having a jewelry designer among your close friends — every so often, we’re like, “Hey, can I borrow that back?”