Technology Meets Tradition

38 years ago, Ronald was spending his savings on a fine yellow gold diamond solitaire engagement ring so he could ask Liane to marry him. Fast forward to 2022, and they’ve now got three children, two grandchildren and lifetime of memories made with friends and family along the way. Now living in Christchurch, Ronald and Liane approached us wanting to remodel their wedding bands as they were wearing very thin, but also because the innovation behind our invention, The Floeting® Diamond, sparked their interest.

Liane and Ronald on their wedding day in 1985.

Image Left: Ronald and Liane on their wedding day in 1985.  Image right: Ronald and Liane's well worn rings,
tell the story of 37 years of memories.

The Village Goldsmith craftspeople setting a diamond in Liane's new wedding ring

The idea of juxtaposing the new technology and innovation of The Floeting® Diamond, with the history and memories imbedded in their rings, seemed like the perfect combination for Liane and Ronald. It was important for Liane that her ring was practical, so The Floeting® Diamond was the perfect solution with no claws or clasps to get caught or snagged. 
Liane and Ronald chose to purchase a Floeting® diamond to feature in their new engagement ring and to incorporate the diamond from her original engagement into her new wedding ring. Alongside that diamond, we added three new diamonds of the same size to signify their three daughters. Inside the band, we soldered a bar of the original gold so Liane can physically see and feel a part of the original rings and then saved the rest of the gold, plus two of the diamonds to be used in Ronald’s new wedding band.

Ronald’s original wedding ring was worn very thin after 37 years of wear and tear and a career as an electrician, which came as no surprise when he packaged his ring in an LED box to send to our Wellington workshop for melting. 

Liane and Ronald's original engagement ring and wedding rings

To craft this ring, our master craftspeople melted the gold that they had both been wearing for 37 years together to form one band that represents the great synergy between them. We hand crafted this simple but unique design featuring a subtle step detail, finished with two diamonds from Liane’s ring shot set into the side of the band. 

Liane and Ronald's new Floeting engagement ring, remodelled wedding rings.

Image Left: Liane's new Floeting Diamond ring and remodelled wedding band.  Image right: Ronald's remodelled wedding band made from melting the gold from his and his wife's wedding bands together.

Together these rings symbolise the past and the future, the 37 years shared together combined with the promise of many more memories to make. It was a pleasure working remotely with Liane and Ronald to bring their story to life and to craft a beautiful and tangible memory for them to cherish forever. 

If you are interested in embarking on your own jewellery remodelling journey please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We can work with you no matter where you are based, while our main showroom and workshop is in Wellington, we also have a design and consultation studio in Auckland, as well as the ability to work remotely via email, phone or video call.