When Justin and Samantha first contacted us, Samantha let us in on her personal motivation behind her desire for a Final Fantasy inspired engagement ring and matching wedding band set.
“In the summer of 1999, I accompanied my cousin to the video game store. I was not an avid gamer, but a television screen caught my eye as a mesmerizing scene unfolded. A young girl asks a young man to dance while at a ball. Her persistency pays off. They stumble through the first few steps of the waltz, but they eventually pull off a successful finish as fireworks light up the night sky. That very scene would spark almost 2 decades of fascination with the Final Fantasy series. By tradition, Final Fantasy VIII will probably be my favorite most likely due to its strong theme of love. Final Fantasy X also holds a very dear place in my heart. Not only does it also have a theme of love (underwater kissing scene, anyone?), but it sparked a very memorable cosplay experience”
As we all know, all of the Final Fantasy games are rich with unique and gorgeous details that are just so easy to fall in love with. Taking inspiration from their story, Takayas took Samantha’s likes and dislikes to create the designs for her engagement ring and matching wedding band. Even though she mentioned that her favorite Final Fantasy couple is Squall and Rinoa, Takayas was more inspired by the photo of their Tidus & Yuna cosplay, which seemed much more personal and was perfect to portray their connection with each other.
The floral pattern on her engagement ring is inspired by Yuna’s skirt. Combined with the waves of the FFX logo, using the swirls to hold the center diamond on the east and west sides, a representation of Yuna’s staff can be seen on the front/ back of the ring, with the center tip forming the custom north and south prongs that held the diamond center stone.
For those familiar with that particular ballroom scene from Final Fantasy VIII, that left such a significant impression upon Samantha, will appreciate the representation of this scene in the underside of the ring. Takayas recreated the lines of the glass dome ceiling in the ballroom, and the diamond represents the fireworks!
To create the matching wedding band, Takayas used Yuna’s waves as inspiration, but also worked in an element from Tidus’ costume to represent the union with Justin. He crossed over the wavy lines below the hilt symbol, and created an abstract heart shape ending in swirls, similar to the way the design ends on the engagement ring.
Samantha wearing her engagement ring
We asked Justin how his overall experience was working with Takayas for their custom set.
“Takayas did a fantastic job listening to our story and coming up with a design that elegantly and uniquely integrated so many aspects of that story together.”
We couldn’t be happier for Justin and Samantha!
If you have an idea for a special jewelry item, even if you don’t know exactly where to start for your design, simply use our inquiry form to begin a conversation with us and we will be happy to help bring your dream to life!
P.S. – If you’re a Final Fantasy fan in particular, or love someone who is, check out some of the other custom engagement rings Takayas has created based on the Final Fantasy games to get an idea of the unique design he could create for you:
Thank you so much for choosing us to play a part in your unique love stories. Seeing your smiling faces in your engagement and wedding photos is what makes the job of a custom jeweler worthwhile! We love having the opportunity to share in your joy.
We wish you and yours all the best in 2018 and beyond!
Takayas & Team
Kevin contacted us with an idea to create a special engagement ring based on two of his girlfriend Emily’s favorite things: Sailor Moon and Doctor Who. He wanted to keep it simple and low-profile, incorporating the individual colors of the Sailor Scouts and a blue stone for the Doctor’s TARDIS.
Kevin also mentioned that Emily wasn’t a huge diamond fan, so a center diamond wasn’t necessary. Other than that, Kevin told us he didn’t have a super clear idea of what he wanted the ring to look like and was curious to see what Takayas would come up with.
After considering all of Kevin’s requests, Takayas created an elegant split shank design inspired by Sailor Moon’s tiara, with a TARDIS blue sapphire nestled in the tiara’s crescent moon. Within the shape of the moon itself, Takayas set small colored stones to represent the main Sailor Scouts: pink sapphire for Sailor Moon, blue sapphire for Sailor Mercury, emerald for Sailor Jupiter, ruby for Sailor Mars, and orange sapphire for Sailor Venus, with a small diamond in between each to allow the individual Scout colors to stand on their own.
When Kevin saw the renders of his ring, this was his reaction:
“Oh wow is all I can say, it turned out more gorgeous than I had pictured in my head, the shape of the tiara was a VERY nice touch, I’m blown away at how pretty it is. She is gonna LOVE it!!”
Of course, the true test of a custom engagement ring is the reaction of the recipient. We always love when clients follow up to share their proposal stories, and Kevin’s is magical:
“It was Dec 04, 2017 we were on our vacation to Disney World in Orlando Florida. We had just eaten breakfast with her mom and were in the Magic Kingdom. We were walking toward the castle and it was pretty crowded but, right when it was the perfect distance away so we could get pictures with all the spires, there was a break in the crowd. This was my chance! I suggested we take some pictures while the crowd was parted. First, I got a picture of her and her mom with the castle in the background. Then, I set my phone to video mode and had her mom record the proposal. We got in close and I said to her, “You have made these last 5 years of my life so very magical, so I have a question for you.” I then got down on one knee and asked, “Would you do me the pleasure of making the rest of our lives just as magical?” She of course said yes, and absolutely LOVED the ring.”
We are so happy for Kevin and Emily and wish them a magical life together!
If you have an idea for a special jewelry item, even if you don’t know exactly what you want yet, simply use our inquiry form to begin the custom conversation and we will be happy to help bring your dream to life!
P.S. – If you’re a Sailor Moon fan in particular, or love someone who is, check out some of the other custom engagement rings Takayas has created based on this teenage superheroine (and her friends) to get an idea of the unique design he could create for you:
Sailor Moon Inspired Old European Cut Wings Engagement Ring
Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Heart Container Engagement Ring
Sailor Chibi Moon Inspired Engagement Ring
And, Doctor Who fans, we haven’t forgotten about you! If you’re imagining a ring that features more of your favorite fandom details than just the iconic color of the TARDIS, Takayas can do that too. Check out this previous custom commission to get your wheels turning:
Dr. Who and Battlestar Gallactica SciFi Engagement Ring
We look forward to hearing from you!
Fittingly, the timing wasn’t quite right for our client’s original proposal plans so, he’s working on an even better surprise proposal and has generously allowed us to share his beautiful ring design with you in the meantime (anonymously, of course. We don’t want to ruin the surprise.) Keep an eye out for the future follow-up story once she’s said yes!
Now, on to the design story:
Like many of our customers, this particular client is an avid gamer so, when he first discovered Takayas’ work, his initial urge was to commission a Chrono Trigger inspired engagement ring. However, since his girlfriend doesn’t share his passion for gaming, he continued brainstorming potential inspirations for her special ring… and the Chrono Trigger idea got him thinking about the concept of time. He told us, “The more I thought about it, the more I began to realize how much time has been central to our relationship from the beginning.”
That was it! This ring would be inspired by time itself. He sent us images of different clocks, clock hands, and gears that he liked, along with information about her favorite board game, Seasons (which works into the “time” theme quite nicely), let us know that he’d prefer a diamond center stone and teal accent gems to reference her favorite color, and left the rest up to Takayas’ imagination.
“What I want this ring to ultimately represent is that even time itself can’t come between us, and that all my time is hers. And if need be I would wait for her until the end of time.”
To capture this concept of time, Takayas decided to create stylized hour hands on the shoulders of the ring, using their tips as the East and West prongs that hold the center diamond, with a blue diamond accent stone set at the base of each hour hand to bring in some of her favorite color. To complete the open-work design, Takayas referenced decorative elements from the client’s favorite Gothic clock image.
Our client loved the ring and has an epic surprise proposal planned that will happen as soon as the timing is right. We’re excited to share more details once she’s said yes!
If you love this design too, please know we cannot replicate it but, we would love to make something special and unique for you! If you’re curious about commissioning a custom jewelry piece, send us a quick email using our inquiry form to begin the conversation. We look forward to making you something special, too!
Peter saw Takayas’ Song of Healing Zora Sapphire Zelda-inspired engagement ring and decided to make a very special engagement ring with a personal flare for his girlfriend, Tisha. He asked that somehow Takayas craft the astrological sign, Gemini, into the band of the ring.
Takayas played around with the Gemini symbol, creatively stylizing the zodiac sign to better compliment the curved forms of the Zora centerpiece.
Was Peter satisfied?
“As for Takayas, I would say that they did a great job of realizing my thought and ideas into a sleek and stylized design. I was a bit worried about doing this sort of purchase online, but they were incredibly responsive with all of their emails and kept me updated every step of the way.”
We enjoyed working with Peter as well and taking on the challenge to create a ring he would be proud to offer to his future bride! With Christmas right around the corner, December is the perfect month for setting up a romantic proposal. For a beautiful, truly custom-made ring for your loved one, send us the details of your dream ring using our inquiry form to begin the conversation. We would love to work with you to make your proposal just right.