Sean told me he was going to marry me about six months into our relationship. From the very first date we sort of just fit together. It felt more like I was remembering him than getting to know him. He is one of a kind. The most humble, generous, loving man I have ever met. Most of all, he is a good person. I am still not sure how I managed to find someone this incredible and that he somehow seems to feel the same about me.
So like any modern couple we dreamed of getting married. Mostly at other weddings when we’d had a glass too many of champagne. I would have married him in a heartbeat in a court within the first year.
I started giving some thought to what I would want in a ring. This took months. How do you possibly choose something that you will wear every day for the rest of your life? I changed my mind almost daily. Finally I simply told Sean oval and solitaire. I don’t like gold, I don’t like rose gold and definitely no silver or platinum.
Then we got to a point where he needed to have the ring made and he asked me if I could suggest a jeweler. At first I was a little annoyed. How on earth would I know? But then I realized that this is actually a very difficult decision to leave up to the man, especially if you are proposing to a creative girl with very specific taste. There are so many jewelers to choose from but I am not exactly a fan of mass produced jewels. I wanted something professionally made with a jeweler that pays serious attention to detail and would understand my personal style.
After much consideration I remembered a lovely lady, Robyn Michelle, that I met in Durban while I was exhibiting with Jane Sews. Funnily enough, during that time in Durban I had just started talking to Sean and we had our first date 12 days later. I sent Sean a screenshot of her Instagram page and said no one but her was allowed to make my ring.
And then I waited.
It was out of my hands and I had to trust Sean and Robyn to come up with something exquisite. My goodness did they both exceed all of my wildest expectations. Robyn kept sourcing diamonds until Sean was happy with it. He asked her to create a gold ring but add a tiny bit of rose gold in order to get the colour he wanted. He even chose the claw setting.
How on earth could two people capture me in a ring when even I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted? What an exceptional process. Robyn’s work is perfection and I would highly recommend her to absolutely anyone planning on getting engaged.
She is the best.
This is in no way an advertising post. Sean paid for my ring in full. I am simply sharing my own honest experience to help any couples that are overwhelmed with the prospect of selecting a jewelry designer.
Ring: Michelle Robyn Jewellery
Illustration, Styling + Photography: Maria Magdalena