When I sat down to create this piece for Kate, I knew I wanted to create a ring for her. I thought a ring would be the best choice, as it’s the traditional token of celebrating love, relationships, and commitment. I opted to make it in platinum because of the metal’s color and durability. I want Kate to be able to wear this ring for the rest of her life and not have to worry about caring for the metal.
For the design of the piece, I wanted to incorporate aspects of Rebecca and Kate’s interests and lives without being too literal. I combined Rebecca’s love of the ocean and surfing with Kate’s passion for hiking mountains into a raised and stylized wave design. To incorporate Kate’s artistic side, I gave the waves a paint stroke feel, which I feel helped give movement to the piece.
Like Kate and Rebecca, I live in Seattle, so I know how beautiful and colorful the sunsets are here. I wanted to reflect that beauty in the ring and mimicked the colors of the sunset with orange, red, purple, and pink sapphire melee.
I saw the ruby as a symbol of Kate and Rebecca’s family unit, so I wanted to nestle it in the center of the ring, just as their family is the center of their lives. I like the idea of them feeling as if they were surrounded by all of the important elements of their lives and the things they enjoy doing.
Pia Giambrone is a designer at Green Lake Jewelry Works in Seattle.