HANNAH & MATTHEW

– Your Story –

HANNAH & MATTHEW

– Your Story –

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HANNAH & MATTHEW

– Your Story –

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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”

HANNAH & MATTHEW

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’.

HANNAH & MATTHEW

“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.

Jeweller to the Independent-Minded
Jeweller to the Independent-Minded

ETHICAL SOURCING, EXQUISITE DESIGN

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ETHICAL SOURCING, EXQUISITE DESIGN

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Call us on 020 3468 7917 or come and see us in person at our showroom close to Bond Street station, London. You’ll be able to discover our stunning collection, speak to our experts one-on-one and explore the option of creating your very own bespoke ring. We aim to respond to appointment booking emails within 1 hour.

Testimonials
Brett
2021-09-23
Fantastic from start to finish. The shop is located in a beautiful part of London which is easy to get to. Inside the shop itself I felt comfortable and relaxed. Being the first time buying an engagement ring I thought I might feel pressured but that was not the case. After ordering the ring communication was great throughout and delivery was on time. Upon opening the box I was taken aback by the how flawless the ring looked. I was genuinely lost for words. Thanks to all the staff at Ingle and Rhode that helped me pick the most perfect ring.
Tom Gittins
2021-09-12
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 and Rhode highly enough - my partner loved the ring that I chose, and we would definitely use them again for jewellery in the future.
Mr Runcieman
2021-08-24
Excellent process for bespoke engagement ring Excellent process, from start to finish. I emailed to begin the process of designing a bespoke ring. Within 2 days I had an in person meeting to discuss ideas. I was shown some examples and given brilliant advice by Ellie, who I found extremely reassuring throughout. The designer, Hayley, sent me initial sketches 1-2 weeks after the in person appointment. Hayley was very patient and again provided brilliant advice. Hayley was quick to create new design iterations based on my feedback. After many back and forward emails, the design was finalised and CAD mockups were provided. The mockups were extremely accurate when comparing with the finished product. The entire process, from first email to collection, took 6 weeks for a bespoke ring made with recycled platinum and a beautiful pear diamond (which was 2-4 weeks faster than their estimate). Communication was excellent and they were very keen to fit deadlines around plans I had in place. Ring resizing was required (my estimations were 4 sizes off!). I rang to book an appointment for a professional measurement and was able to meet the same day with short notice. The ring is to be collected within 7 working days. Overall the entire process was excellent. I felt very well looked after, very reassured and found all staff genuinely trustworthy. Above all else, my partner loves the ring and we are both extremely happy.
Shepsky
2021-08-06
From Russia With Love Cannot express how grateful I am to have ended up using Ingle & Rhode to construct an engagement ring for my now fiancé! I was absolutely clueless how to go about finding a ring but quickly realised I knew what style I wanted and enquired about designing and constructing a ring. From the moment Ellie got in touch she made the whole experience effortless and with Hayley's design help produced drawings of a ring that were exactly what I had pictured - all this achieved via email from an oil rig in Eastern Russia! I received the ring once home and upon opening the box I could not believe Ingle & Rhode were able to turn a few emails into such a perfect and incredible ring that was just a thought I my head only weeks before. We are now very happily engaged and the ring could not mean more to us given the nature of how it came to be and what it now represents. Once again, I cannot thank Ellie enough. All the best Ally
Umang Joshi
2021-07-26
Perfection. From the initial meet to the final ring, ever step of the process was incredibly. I surprised my (now) fiancé with a diamond ring and everything was perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to get an engagement ring for their partner.

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