People have all sorts of different ideas about when is the 'right time' to give or receive an eternity ring. Some say 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, after the first child... For me it was 'whenever you make it'.
My hubby and I got married a little over 4 years ago, in April 2005. I had some pretty specific ideas about the aesthetic of our wedding. When it came to a dress I knew what I wanted didn't exist, so I found a dressmaker who would understand my vision and translate that into the perfect dress.
Aside from the fact that my dress HAD to be pink, I also wanted something that would convert to an evening dress. The gem encrusted waistband hid little hooks that would allow the chiffon overskirt to be attached and removed later. The overskirt was made of three layers; hot pink, pale pink and ivory. When the overskirt was removed the dress became a pink satin evening dress with silver lining. And the jewellery was made from the leftover crystals and pearls.
I also wanted to design and make our wedding rings. At the time I was still studying, and a very wonderful teacher allowed me to come in early and also work on the rings in our chain making class, giving me plenty of help at the same time. Both rings are 18 carat yellow gold, mine is knife edged with 12 diamonds, his has chamfered edges with 6 ceylon sapphires.
My eternity ring is currently a work in progress, it will tie together the features of both wedding rings, with 12 pink sapphires and it will feature champhered edges to match the profile of my husbands ring. I look forward to being able to show you the finished product. But for now, here's a sneak peak...