Having made the decision to get married after many years together, and now with 2 children on board, we knew we were never going to go down the traditional wedding route. I started looking on the internet for different styles of wedding rings as again I didn't think I would go for the normal engagement and wedding ring. I found Shona's website and immediately loved her style of design: contemporary settings but with basic traditional elements.
I loved the idea of incorporating our 4 birthstones within the design so initially contacted Shona to see whether she thought it could work. She suggested coming in for a consultation which we did, and after a general discussion about the styles I liked Shona came up with a great idea to allow our birthstones to be used in a "set" of rings. Although I wasn't planning on having an engagement ring, we decided to have a separate engagement ring incorporating a ruby, this is the birthstone of me and my husband, so it felt that this was "our" ring. Instead of having 3 separate rings, Shona suggested having the other two rings with the boys birthstones joined together at the bottom. I felt this symbolised the boys being independent of us and each other, but that we would all still "fit together" as one unit. Aah, sentimental, I know!!
My main concern was that the colours of the ruby, alexandrite and sapphire might not gel. Given that all stones have varying hues depending on their size and quality Shona felt that she would be able to get a good match. She ordered up the stones, and on our next visit we were able to check how they looked against the gold settings we had chosen. We then had a final visit to check the sizing of the rings before the stones were set, and within a couple of weeks the rings were ready.
We are both delighted with how the rings look and have received many compliments on the style of rings and the sentiment behind them. We would never have been able to achieve this without Shona's vision and creativity. She made it an easy and hugely enjoyable experience. Thank you Shona, other than my 3 boys, my rings are my most prized possessions.
-Pauline Caldwell, October 2011