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Inspirational Stories
We are continually bowled over by the beautiful stories our customer tell us about the inspiration behind their ring designs, their lovely proposals stories and the details of their wonderful wedding celebrations. Rather than keep all that love and creativity to ourselves we wanted to share them on the blog so you and other couples can take inspiration too. 
Mark Dunne, November 2019

Gaby and I met in Las Vegas 9 years ago.
I convinced her to move to Dublin in 2012. (She actually became an Irish citizen last year).

Gaby is, herself, artistic and a very creative soul. So popping into a jewelry store and buying a diamond ring was not really what she wanted. A ring to her had to have meaning and some thought behind it. She had also expressed to me that she would love a ring made from wood, were we to get engaged. 

So I put my thinking cap on and figured out what would be the right type of wood for this.
The wood you’re looking to learn some more about is Bristlecone pinewood. I chose it because it is an official State tree of Nevada, Gaby’s original home.  Bristlecone pine trees are earth’s oldest living organisms. In fact, the oldest known tree is 4,700 years old. I also liked the idea of using something that has withstood the tests of time to symbolize the endurance of real love.
It was very difficult to find anywhere that could provide me with this wood. It’s rare and isn’t available for purchase at lumber yards or retail stores. But I eventually found an artist named Victoria Parsons based in Colorado, who uses the wood to create one of a kind sculptures. Victoria collects the wood at elevations as high as 12,000 feet and only from private sources. She has a strict “dead wood only” policy. So any wood she uses must not be considered alive.

When I told Victoria what I was trying to do, she very kindly agreed to send me a small piece of surplus wood she had left over from her work. Once I had the piece I traveled over to meet with Louise and we went discussed how best to the incorporate the wood into a ring. Oak was used because of my Irish roots and  I decided to use Aquamarine because that is Gaby’s birthstone. The little inscription is inspired by a line from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, Annabel Lee, one of Gaby’s favourite poems. 

Your workshop, in turn, got to work and made the beautiful piece Photographed. 

Hope this provides you with an interesting story and inspires others to think outside the box when choosing an engagement ring! 

Kind Regards,Mark