A few months ago I received a call from my friend Liam, saying he was going to ask his lady to be his wife. It wasn't until 15 minutes later -- after I peppered him non-stop with questions about how, when and where he was planning to pop the question -- that he was able to state the reason for his call. Aside from sharing the good news, he wanted me to make The Ring.
Can you say panic at the disco?
Liam is one of my best friends from way back, and his lady, Chi, is just a sweetheart. I was beyond honored, very thrilled and more than a little nervous about making The Ring and, most importantly, getting it right.
Chi's family is from Nigeria, so I thought it would be nice to reference that in some way with the ring's materials as well as in the design. Some of the oldest jewelry discovered in Nigeria featured coils of brass. So I updated the idea for the occasion with 14kt gold and seven emeralds for luck and love.
The green of the emerald is the color of life and of the springtime, which comes round again and again, representing renewal But it has also, for centuries, been the colour of beauty and of constant love. While in modern times we've come to associate red with love, in ancient Rome green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.
And while I can't really claim credit for the outcome, I do like to think the ring brought Liam a little extra bit of that luck of the Irish which already runs in his family. She said yes.