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Hannah & Matthew

– Your Story –

“It’s a beautiful little thing and she gets compliments from people all the time, because the stone really is something else – it’s alive”

I knew my wife Hannah for a few years before I ever actually spoke to her. She was the trumpet player in a band with some friends of mine. I was friendly with everyone in the band but Hannah was quite reserved so I didn’t get to know her very well.

The band often played gigs in London and sometimes some of the band would stay at my flat and drive home to Birmingham the next day. On one occasion they told me that they were all heading straight back to Birmingham that same evening, but Hannah needed to get the Eurostar the next morning so they asked if she could stay at mine that night. I was very glad to oblige as I had always wanted to talk to her. Unfortunately she was going through a tough time personally and was not very talkative that night. The next morning I walked her to the bus stop and handed her the book ‘Franny and Zooey’ by J D Salinger and said “when I feel like you’re feeling, I really find that this helps”.

We didn’t really speak again for a couple of years, and then one day I read a post on her Facebook that said “Sometimes the gift of the right book at the right time can be worth more than anything else in the world” – so naturally I ‘liked’ it. From there a lengthy email conversation ensued, until we decided to meet at a point between Birmingham and London, Warwick Castle.

Years later at our wedding reception every guest received a battered old copy of ‘Franny and Zooey’ (I had bought over 200 copies from online second-hand bookshops) and inside every copy was a beautifully drawn bookplate by Hannah’s twin sister with the quote ‘this old book started something new’.

“Every guest received a copy of ‘franny and zooey’ and inside each was a beautifully drawn bookplate with the quote ‘this old book started something new’”

My experience of buying the engagement ring with Ingle & Rhode was great. It was important to me that I dealt with an ethical company in what is a notoriously shady and unhappy business – the real story behind so many people’s happiest moments are stories of slavery, suffering, violence and pollution. I didn’t want anything to do with any of that. It wasn’t straightforward as Hannah does not wear rings or jewellery, so I was unable to figure out her size, therefore initially we focused on just finding her a nice stone. In the end I decided it would be most appropriate for Hannah’s small hands to get her a small but pure diamond. A few weeks later we had three perfect candidates, and I chose one. We put it into a little box with tissue paper and that was that.

I proposed to Hannah while on holiday in Oregon. The stone was in my pocket constantly and the perfect moment came on the rim of Crater Lake just as the sun was going down. I held out the box and the diamond was like a brilliant little laser as the setting sun hit it. When we were back from holiday she worked with Ingle & Rhode to get the right style of ring made for her. It’s a beautiful little thing and she gets compliments from people all the time, because the stone really is something else – it’s alive.
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I honestly cannot recommend Ingle & Rhode enough

Ben and I knew that we wanted a conflict-free and ethical diamond, and we were so delighted to find Ingle & Rhode (and I was so glad to be part of the process...!) Ellie was so warm and helpful, and clearly passionate and knowledgeable about what she does – we really enjoyed meeting her on several occasions, and she responded to all our questions and requests quickly and with such consideration; we really felt that we were getting a bespoke, personal, 1:1 process. I am beyond delighted with my beautiful Aria ring with my stunning lab-grown diamond – I'm 6 weeks engaged, and still don't stop staring at it in all different lights. Thank you so much Ingle & Rhode - you made the world of difference to us in the months before getting engaged, and we have not stopped telling people about you since.

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Ingle & Rhode were exceptional throughout the whole process

I was purchasing an engagement ring, so I had a lot to learn. Their website is very useful and helps you build your own ring. I also had an appointment for initial discussions and consultations. They were great at talking through options, giving suggestions and advising on ring size. I work overseas and so the logistics were complicated but they were so flexible and helpful. Everything went well and the ring was even delivered to the house. Brilliant follow up service for additional questions and support. Beautiful products and great service.

Kieran Barnes
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Beautiful, ethical jewellery - can't recommend enough!

I am so glad that I found Ingle & Rhode when looking to buy my partner an engagement ring - they are superb, and the products are wonderful.

Buying an ethical ring was really important to my partner and I, and so I was immediately drawn in by Ingle & Rhode - unlike a lot of ethical jewellery companies, their rings are still very contemporary.. which was exactly what my partner wanted!

I had a couple of calls with Ellie during the process, who was so helpful - despite not having a great idea of what to go for, she was decisive and led me towards my own decisions; highly recommend speaking with the team, because they are wonderful (and lovely people too).

Can't recommend using Ingle & Rhode highly enough - my partner loved the ring that I chose, and we would definitely use them again for jewellery in the future.

Tom Gittens
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My experience from start to finish was superb

I have my dream ring which is my 10 year anniversary ring and its STUNNING I can’t stop looking at it. It took about 4 months from start to finish but so worth the wait. We had to find the right diamond and it then had to match my image I had in my head for the setting. From my first phone call to picking up the ring Ellie has been fantastic and very informative along the way. Hayley, the designer was so patient with me going back and forth on design and also had amazing ideas to really elevate the ring. The product and service is truly wonderful so much so I want to buy a new piece every year ( just have to convince the hubby ;) !! Well done team I&R

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Simply stunning!

I have just collected my beautiful bespoke ruby and diamond ring from Ingle & Rhode. The journey started with an email enquiry and a face to face meeting with Natalie, who was so helpful and talked through with me some ideas I already had. This ring isn't an engagement ring but more of a statement piece, and I knew that I wanted to find a product that fitted my ethical & environmental values. Hayley then took over with the design process which was so enjoyable, and I have loved watching and being involved with my ring slowly evolving from 6 initial designs. I was really happy with the final CAD artwork and now that it has been turned into the finished piece, it is simply stunning. I could not be happier with my purchase and would thoroughly recommend Ingle & Rhode to anyone looking for a bespoke design and ethical values for a special piece of jewellery, whatever the occasion. Thank you to the whole team!.

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