“The main reason that geometric shapes and patterns are used to decorate mosques around the world is that the depiction of humans or other living things in pictures and paintings is considered an attempt at emulating the Creator, which we believe is an impossible feat. The use of symmetry and patterns, many including ourselves believe, is also meant to reflect logic, order, and beauty, which are some of the cornerstones of our belief that our world was created by a higher power, which is perfectly logical, ordered, and beautiful.”
He and Salma were both mesmerized by the mosaic tiling of a specific Moroccan mosque, finding that simply studying the intricate pattern was quite calming. Andrew recounted, “When our 10th anniversary came along, and the wife hinted at a ring, I knew I had to do something unique and special. And so I knew that I had to find a ring maker that could incorporate this pattern into this piece.” He found Takayas’ work online and reached out to us to bring his special ring to life.
Takayas studied the reference image that Andrew provided until he found a section of the mosaic that he was able to transform into a repeating pattern for Salma’s custom eternity band. He considered incorporating both the blue and orange colors from the mosaic in the ring but, ultimately, he felt such a colorful band would end up looking more “costumey” than elegant. Instead, since the ring is yellow gold, he felt that using orange sapphires brought a subtle sparkle to the design and referenced the orange sunburst shaped tiles in the mosaic for the placement of the stones. He then set the orange sapphires from behind so the small round stones would appear to have that same sunburst shape.
Andrew and Salma loved the finished piece, telling us, “Takayas did a fantastic job. The intricate pattern was re-created exactly and was fit beautifully along the ring. His choice of stones complemented the pattern and color of the metal perfectly. The entire process of choosing the ring material, style, price point was handled superbly well.”
We loved working with Andrew and are so happy that he and Salma love the ring that Takayas created for them. If you’ve been dreaming of a special ring that you would like to be made into reality, let us know, Takayas would love to help!
Samantha has always been a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series, as well as a sucker for romance, so the FFXV love story of Lunfreya and Noctis really drew her in. This specific game also has special significance in her relationship, Samantha explained, “I’ve been waiting for the [FFXV] game for as long as I’ve been with my other half which is 10 years, he and I actually met over a video game (Halo 3 – yes I did beat him 😉 ).”
She requested a custom wedding band with a simple design to complement her engagement ring, inspired by Lunafreya’s favorite flower, the sylleblossom. Samantha told us that she has always liked floral prints and designs and really loved the unique look of the sylleblossom, as well as who and what it represented in the game’s storyline.
The main challenge for Takayas was how to capture the painterly look of the sylleblossom on a canvas as small as a ladies’ wedding band. His solution was to focus on the longer/taller sylleblossom reference image Samantha sent, creating a slightly raised design, and have fine details hand-engraved as part of the finishing process. Takayas placed one long sylleblossom on either side of the band to represent Samantha and her groom, with a small blue diamond set in the center as a nod to the color of the flowers. He also decided to taper the band toward the top of the ring, both suiting the shape of the flowers and also echoing the tapered element of Samantha’s engagement ring.
Samantha was pleasantly surprised by the design, saying she had originally imagined a simple floral pattern engraved all the way around the band, but thought what Takayas had come up with was lovely.
“I felt like Takayas really understood what I was after. I’m really glad to have found Takayas and even being as far away as I am [in the UK] I felt like everything I wanted was considered and understood on such a deep level. I’m really happy with the design of the ring and am so happy that my engagement ring was taken into consideration for the design to make sure it all matched up.”
Samantha and her partner, Oz, are now wed and the ring is at home on her finger. She even followed up with some pictures from her big day. We love that the theme of the sylleblossom flower was echoed throughout her wedding!
If you think you need to be getting married to order a custom ring, think again. These two sterling silver thumb rings were commissioned to celebrate a different kind of relationship: the bond between sisters.
According to our client, Kristen, this custom design concept all started with an offhand comment about her being the Legolas to her sister’s Aragorn…
“We both enjoy hiking and going on adventures with each other. We always had talked about getting sister/adventure rings. And adventure + hiking + scenery + rings = Lord of the Rings! It just made sense and seemed to go together. We both love the Lord of the Rings, and for various reasons identified with and admired particular elements of those two characters. The fun dynamics and loyal relationship between the two recalled our own sister bond. So, to commemorate our adventures, and as a reminder of what we would like to aspire to, the idea of adventure/character rings was born. So while the Fellowship might have had leaf pins, we have rings ;)”
Kristen told us that both she and her sister love minimalism and clean lines, with her sister being particularly fond of “V” shaped rings. She also provided a rough sketch of what she was imagining for the top view of the rings, inspired by details from the two characters’ weapons and armor.
It’s always a bit of a challenge to work from a customer’s sketch but, with a few modifications, Takayas was able to turn Kristen’s two-dimensional drawings into workable 3-D ring designs. When Kristen saw her renders, she told us, ” I love the changes made, and think it is a big improvement. I’m still blown away to see my ideas actually in ring form.”
Of course, the true test is the reaction to the finished rings. Once Kristen surprised her sister with this incredibly thoughtful gift, she got back to us with a lovely update: “My sister absolutely loves her ring! She hardly has taken it off since I gave it to her. They both turned out perfect! I can’t believe how much detail Takayas was able to fit on such tiny rings. Thank you for making my idea into a reality.” We enjoyed working with Kristen and love that she decided to celebrate the bond of sisterhood with a unique pair of rings. If you’d like to do something similar for your brother, sister, or best friend, contact us to learn more, we would love to work with you!
We love making special engagement rings that encapsulate the shared interests of our customers. Quite often, that shared interest is a video game like Final Fantasy, or a beloved movie like Star Wars… this particular couple loves to travel together!
David and Alison first met in Melbourne and started talking about travel early on in their relationship. Only a few months later, they were working together on super yachts traveling the Mediterranean Sea. During their two years on the yachts, David got in contact with Takayas to design a unique engagement ring for the woman he wanted to travel through life with.
He told us of their ocean travels and sent pictures of Alison’s tattoos to reference her style, adding that she didn’t really wear jewelry but he’d recently learned she does appreciate vintage jewelry styles.
Based on the inspiration David provided, Takayas created a ship-themed ring with a clean vintage style, decorating the shoulders of the ring with anchors and rope and adding diamond “porthole” details on the front/back of the ring for subtle sparkle.
David told us that he ended up proposing to Alison in Norway on New Year’s Day, after traveling to over 30 countries together! These two traveling love birds are now saving up to buy a restaurant on the Gold Coast of Australia, where David will be the chef and Alison will be the manager… and where they will also hold their wedding!
Chris and Tish were close friends for a long time before their relationship became romantic. Tish described it as “a gradual love but one I would never want to change for all the world.” While Chris confessed, “I know it took Tish a while to finally come around, but I knew that she was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and experience whatever crazy adventures come our way!” Naturally, the theme of their wedding became “together, forever… Finally!”
Chris told us this theme was not necessarily a reference to Final Fantasy but, he had the brilliant idea of having a custom ring designed that encompassed his love for Tish as well as one of his favorite adventures and contacted Takayas to bring this idea to life.
He explained that Tish’s engagement ring was a custom design based on her grandmother’s vintage filigree ring, and he wanted to incorporate a similar “vintage inspired twist” into his own ring’s design to complement hers. Chris provided some images from Final Fantasy XII for inspiration saying, “Of all the FF games I’ve played, FFXII would seem to fit my style the best with lots of filigree work on the armor and clothing that would match my fiancee’s ring nicely.”
Takayas decided to focus on the beautiful yet masculine patterns of Gabranth’s chest plate, as well as elements from the symbol on Gabranth’s cloak, to create Chris’ custom filigree elements. Takayas also mimicked the lines radiating from the center of Tish’s ring, further enforcing the bond between the two rings.
Chris loved the design (“WOW! So awesome!!! ” is a good response, right?) and the ring was officially placed on his finger when the couple were married earlier this month. We wish these two (now married) best friends a lifetime of love and happiness… Finally!
When Nicholas contacted us, he told us he knew “basically nothing about rings” but, what he did know was that the special ring he would use to propose to his girlfriend Casie should represent the three goddesses of Zelda lore: Din, Farore, and Nayru.
We love that Nicholas also gave us a little background as to why he chose this specific inspiration:
“The Zelda theme is so significant to us as a couple because our mutual love for the franchise was one of the original points on which we connected. The Legend of Zelda is a niche of “nerdom” that played a huge role in our childhood years, for the both of us, and we bonded over that mutual experience. The sense of adventure and imagination that those games allowed us to explore helped shape us into the people we are today.”
His first thought was to simply have three gemstones (ruby, sapphire, and emerald) arranged in a triangle, but was open to Takayas’ suggestion of somehow incorporating the three goddess symbols as well, and possibly a center diamond for a hint of tradition.
After quite a bit of brainstorming to come up with the best possible design for Nicholas’ requests, Takayas moved to the computer and created the CAD renders that would become Casie’s goddess ring.
He used the goddess symbols themselves to form the triangle Nicholas had imagined, framing a beautiful diamond center stone, and set each symbol with their appropriate accent gems. Finally, to lighten up the design and bring a touch of elegance, Takayas decided to go with a split shank style.
Nicholas approved of the design renders, saying “These are absolutely marvelous. You all are miraculous. They are indeed elegant. I can’t get over how well these turned out :)” Once he receive the finished ring, he gave us another blush-inducing complement: ” I’ve just received the ring. It looks AMAZING. Thank you so much! I’ll be proposing to her on New Year’s Eve. Thank you and Takayas for making this possible!”
He wanted to keep the antique ring’s color scheme, since the combination of gold with cobalt blue enamel perfectly represented the colors of the iconic ballroom scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll remember that the enchanted rose is a major plot point so, of course, the rose theme had to be included! Aaron asked that the setting for the engagement ring’s main stone be made to look like a blooming rose, and requested stemmed roses to be incorporated into the design of the shank as well. As a finishing touch, “Tale as old as time” was engraved inside the engagement ring.
When we sent the CAD renders to Aaron for approval, he said he loved it, which is always a good reaction. Then, he showed his girlfriend and her reaction was even better! He told us:
“She cried, so I think you did an amazing job on the design.”
For the wedding band, Takayas used the stemmed roses once again but decided to add one more Beauty and the Beast reference: a ribbon-like silhouette of the Beast’s profile, mirror-reversed to match the direction of the roses. If you focus on the looped section of the “ribbon”, this is the top of the Beast’s head, continuing into his horns and down the profile of his face to his beard.