The couple: Dalia Gonzalez and Westley Rhodes from Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is an old miner diamond with two color-changing sapphires on either side of it, along with a ruby. The colors actually change! Sometimes they’re rosy and peachy and other times they’re a deep green and mint. There are diamonds along the side, as well, all set on a gold band.
West sent the designer at Mociun in Brooklyn an email to talk about creating a custom piece. She works with people from all over—so any guy who knows his lady needs a little something different can reach out to her!
They worked together over email. He sent her photos of my jewelry, and they talked about my clothes, different things I like, and my style. She sent him photos of different diamonds and gems under different lighting, and once he picked out the ones he liked, she sketched out some layouts for him. He picked one. She invoiced. And soon he had a ring.
The proposal: The proposal was a total surprise. We'd been dating for a little over five years—we met at the Art Institute of Philadelphia in late 2005 and we've been best friends since then.
We were staying at a villa on Jost Van Dyke in the BVIs for his brother's beautiful wedding that had happened a few days prior. He proposed on a balcony overlooking the ocean while quoting Winnie the Pooh. He had tears in his eyes and I couldn't believe it was happening. His cousin, who was staying in the same villa as us, was outside snapping photos while I freaked out. (See below.)
The band: We haven't thought about bands too much yet, but I think I'd like something that crowns off the ring, kind of like this.
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