Every piece has its own story: from quirky everyday pendants to extravagant engagement rings, we asked our clients to tell us about their personal journey from sketch to finish.
Nicolas & Reihan
How did you two meet?
Nicolas: We met in person for the first time on the first day of college, though we had been talking online and via text for several months. Ever since I noticed Reihan in a Facebook group for admitted students, in an atypical outburst of forthrightness (I am normally painfully shy), I practically demanded that he talk to me. After finally meeting in person, we became a couple within weeks, and have been together ever since.
Can you share your proposal story?
It was nothing fancy at all. One morning as we were lying in bed, I pulled out the box with engagement ring and held it out to Reihan. I could not really get the words out, and he said "Yes" but then kept saying "No, no, I was supposed to ask, we have to do this again!" That's because he thought I really wanted to be proposed to, and he felt guilty that he had waited until I proposed instead.
Were you involved in the design process, or was the design a surprise for you?
Since they are our wedding bands, we were both involved in the design process.
Can you share a fun fact about you as a couple?
I like octopi because I think they are weirdly cute, and Reihan once painted me a big mug with an adorable octopus on it, which I love. Since then, octopi have become a sort of an "I love you" for us, and we often send each other the octopus emoji throughout the day. My favorite T-shirt, which Reihan bought me on a trip to Seattle, has an octopus wearing snorkeling goggles on it.
Are there any details included in the piece that have personal meaning?
Reihan is Malaysian, and the engraved pattern on the rings recalls the geometric patterns in the art, architecture, and textiles found in the Peranakan community of coastal Malaysia. This community traces its root to the intermarriage of Chinese traders and local Malays, and their culture is a beautiful synthesis of this and other influences that shaped the region. Peranakan patterns also appeared on our wedding invitations, programs and signage throughout our event, and so the ring design served as an added memento of that special day. Beyond that, we felt that the syncretic beauty of Peranakan designs was quite fitting for the diversity of cultural influences coming together in our life as a couple and in our wedding. Reihan's ancestors migrated to Malaysia from southern India, and I am German-American, having spent about half my life in Germany and half in the US. Our wedding ceremony was Hindu, and the invitations were trilingual in English, German, and Tamil. Peranakan patterns, which are so quintessentially Malaysian and yet join a great diversity of cultural influences in harmonious balance, are the perfect frame to encompass all of this.
Are there any other thoughts you'd like to share?
The usual offerings for men's wedding bands are surprisingly bleak. Beyond simple gold or platinum bands, which we already had as our engagement rings, and big, hypermasculine, industrial-looking things with black steel or the like, there really is not much to offer. We are therefore really glad that we were able to customize our rings like this, to create something that is understated yet intricate and meaningful.
Notes from the Designer
I was thrilled to be a part of designing this pair of rings because there is such a high level of detail, personal heritage, and thoughtfulness etched into each band. They chose Peranakan patterns to weave throughout the bands, invitations and programs to frame the foundation of their marriage. I believe a couples' rings should be a conversation piece about their life and journey together. I wish this couple a lifetime of happiness and adventure together.