When I read the story of Kate and Rebecca, I knew I wanted to make a ring. They’ve been together for 40 years, but it still felt like they were making a commitment to each other. For me, rings are symbols of commitment. Plus, I liked the idea of making a piece that Kate could wear everyday. Necklaces you usually take on and off, but rings are more permanent.
In creating the ring, I opted to create it as three components: a single solitaire surrounded by two wider bands. I thought the ring would be symbolic of their family of three: Kate, Rebecca, and their son. Kate can wear the ruby solitaire by itself, or she can pair it with one or both of the bands. Just as her family comes together, so too do her rings.
Because Kate doesn’t seem the type to like anything fussy, I kept the design simple and practical. Since she lives an active lifestyle, I wanted to make sure it was a piece she could still wear anywhere. I set the ring in an east-west fashion because I thought it helped give the stone a lower profile. To give the ring a little bling, I added some subtle diamond pavé to the bands surrounding the ruby.
I made the ring in recycled 18k yellow gold because the warm tones of the yellow gold lend a beautiful balance to the bold hue of the ruby. I added a matte finish to help convey a perfect sense of organic luxury. I believe Kate and Rebecca are conscious of social responsibility and would be pleased that the ring was made from sustainable materials and produced locally in the U.S.
Sandy Leong is the owner of Sandy Leong Fine Jewelry in New York City.