Some of you may or may not know, but I am engaged to be married to my amazing fiancé Antonio. We are set to be married in a lavish celebration in Seville in March 2018, followed by another smaller celebration on the Atlantic coast of France in August 2018. So, we are in full wedding prep mode! And as all you brides may know, one of the biggies to get done sooner rather than later is the wedding rings.
We decided ages ago, even before we were engaged, that we wanted his brother and my sister to buy the wedding rings for us as a present for our wedding. We feel that this is one of the most intimate presents that we could receive on this special day and even more special coming from them.
So with a budget in mind and quite specific measurements (I would like a very skinny band, plain, no larger than 1mm, and he would like a rounded plain band, but his ring size is a Z! Both in Platinum) we started the search. Our first port of call was the Burlington Arcade of London, home to historical jewellers and watchmakers, it is THE place to go for vintage heirloom style jewellery. We approached the shop where Antonio had commissioned my engagement ring and made an appointment to see what they had for us. We looked at all of the platinum bands on offer and although beautiful, decided that because of the postcode, they were too expensive and that we would prefer to search for other options. This is something important for all of you getting married, remember that you are always entitled to research and compare prices, qualities and services, this is your right and never let anyone bully you into choosing something. Especially when it comes to a ring that you will be wearing forever!
We continued our research and found out that one of Antonio’s friends has a jewellery shop in Seville. So on our trip out there in April for the Feria de Sevilla (stay tuned for the next moodboard post where I will tell you all about this amazing event), we made a pit stop to his shop. To our greatest delight, he showed us some gorgeous pieces hand made in their atelier in the shop, in all sorts of metals and finishes. Once we had selected which model we each preferred, he started to calculate the price and after applying a friend discount, we were thrilled to order our bands! They are now being custom made for us, with our engraving etc. And I cannot wait to wear it for the rest of my life!
All this to say that make sure that you take the time to research and compare. Many talented jewellers that aren’t in historically prominent streets are just as good, if not better, and can get your orders made in shorter times and for cheaper. I always prefer to go the artisanal way as much as possible, it’s always unique and extra special, knowing that someone has used their artistic expression to create an object for you.