Remodelling family gold into a unique engagement ring surprise

We were thrilled to be able to help Arun turn his family’s 22 carat gold into a unique engagement ring for his future wife Sadie. By using a traditional casting technique and a design she loved, Sadie received a very special surprise!  

It’s absolutely beautiful and I love it so much.
It feels very unique and precious, knowing it contains gold from Arun’s family and that you crafted it by hand yourself… I feel very lucky indeed!” 

When Arun wanted to propose to Sadie on their weekend away in Italy, he took great care to get everything right.

He knew Sadie was a fan and would love a piece of bespoke handmade jewellery by Ana Verdun, so got in touch with Ana to discuss options and get some ideas.

It was very important to Arun that the family gold he’d been given be used to create his future wife’s ring. In a brilliant remodelling of bridal protocol, he decided to present the gold ring when he proposed and then add some diamonds later, for their actual wedding day.

Rings and cufflinks in 22 ct gold - the original family heirlooms ready to start life over in a brand new form.
The melting pot: the gold's beautiful lustre blackens under the intense heat of the torch.

Arun was able to leave this special project in Ana’s safe hands.

Even though they never actually met, they were easily able to get the whole project completed from start to finish with quite a quick turnaround using photos, emails and phone calls, and insured postage of course! 

Having first created a silver version of the design to form the sand mould, Ana melts the gold and pours it in.
The ancient sand casting technique ensures that every piece is unique. Channels are created all the way round to let the air out as the molten gold is poured in.

Sadie was absolutely thrilled with the outcome!

She wrote:

Dear Ana, 
I am just back from a lovely weekend in Italy… where Arun and I got engaged!
I wanted to say a huge thank you for the gorgeous ring – it’s absolutely beautiful and I love it so much.
It feels very unique and precious, knowing it contains gold from Arun’s family and that you crafted it by hand yourself… I feel very lucky indeed! Thanks for working with him to create it, it was such a nice surprise and I am really touched…
We are hoping to have the stones added when we get married… 
Loads of love and a big thank you once again, I’ve never had such a beautiful piece of jewellery 🙂

Sadie xxx

Maybe Ana could help you create a bespoke engagement ring too? 

To make an appointment to discuss your very own jewellery commission here at our studio in London, just drop us a line at ana@anaverdun.com or call on 020 8995 4722 and we’ll be happy to advise you.

And you can see our handmade engagement ring designs here.

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