Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning and Cactuar Wedding Band
This custom 14K white and yellow gold Final Fantasy inspired wedding band will always be special to us because it was one of our first video game inspired commissions.
Long before Lightning was featured in Louis Vuitton ads, Tessa requested a custom wedding band for her fiancee (now-husband!) based on FFXIII-2.
Tessa let us know that her fiancee really liked Lightning because of the dramatically designed armor, gunblade, and shield. She also specified that the Cactuars were one of his absolute favorite re-occurring characters from the series and on a humorous note, really wanted us to find a way to incorporate one into the ring as well.
We knew that she liked the design of our Zelda inspired wedding band so we began with that as the structural design basis.
Takayas decided to focus on Lightning's gunblade because the gold pattern from the top of the sword guard lent itself well to the ring's design.
It was a little tricky incorporating the Cactuar request because Cactuars by design are a little comical looking compared to the ornate Final Fantasy world. For this reason, Takayas built two Cactuars into the under gallery of the band so that they wouldn't compete with the main Lightning theme.
In this way, they became something hidden and special that the couple could share.