STEPH & BEN

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STEPH & BEN

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STEPH & BEN

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“WHEN WE GOT BACK TO THE UK WE CONTINUED SEEING EACH OTHER AND BECAME OFFICIAL ON THE 12TH SEPTEMBER. NOW WE ARE GETTING MARRIED ON THE 12TH SEPTEMBER, 9 YEARS LATER”

STEPH & BEN

Steph and I met each other in Croatia in August 2011. We were both at University studying Archaeology and had to do a 4 week dig as part of our degree. We were paired up together in the first week and realised we had a lot in common and got on really well. As we were there for so long we got to spend a lot of time together. When we got back to the UK we continued seeing each other and became official on the 12th September. Now we are getting married on the 12th September 9 years later.

We got engaged in the New Forest as it was somewhere we went together when we were at University. We also did an archaeological dig together in a forest in Croatia so it was a lovely tribute to where we first met! We had both taken the day off work, with Steph believing that we were going to a summer event at my work, however she woke up to a cup of tea and a riddle only. I had hidden a series of clues for her to decipher amongst different items in our home, she even ended up getting some help from our cat!

The clues in the house led to her to getting a train ticket to Oxford and from there to the New Forest where I was waiting with a picnic. I had even arranged for Steph’s dad to pick up our cat so that we could stay in a lovely hotel in the area. The whole day was made personal, fun and so special. Her words “I had never found a ring I was in love with until I saw this one. It was all so perfect and I would happily do the day all over again!”

STEPH & BEN

“I HAD HIDDEN A SERIES OF CLUES FOR HER TO DECIPHER AMONGST DIFFERENT ITEMS IN OUR HOME, SHE EVEN ENDED UP GETTING SOME HELP FROM OUR CAT!”

I really wanted to design my own engagement ring as I wanted to make it very personal and unique to my fiancé. After doing some extensive research, a work colleague suggested that I consider Ingle & Rhode, as they had worked with them previously to produce their engagement ring and said they had made the whole process easy and stress-free, with the end result being exactly what they were after. After looking at the unique and remarkable range of rings on the Ingle & Rhode website and reading the philosophy and story behind the company, I knew that they would be the perfect match to turn my envisioned designs into a feasible and stunning ring. When I first contacted them and sent through my initial designs for the ring, the passionate and enthusiastic response that I received from the team further confirmed that they were the right jewellers for me. The responsible and ethical values behind sourcing the materials for their rings was also another important aspect for me when it came to choosing Ingle & Rhode.

“THE DESIGN OF THE RING IS VERY IMPORTANT, AS I WANTED TO CREATE A DISTINCTIVE AND PERSONALISED RING FOR MY FIANCÉ THAT WAS UNIQUE FOR HER”

STEPH & BEN

The experience I had with Ingle & Rhode was fantastic. They were supportive and extremely helpful at each stage of the design process, with each member of the team who I dealt with providing a very professional and attentive service throughout. When I sent my initial self-produced designs in for my fiancé’s engagement ring, the team at Ingle & Rhode helped explain and guide me through each stage of the process, as well as being happy to answer all of the questions or thoughts I had along the way. I had a couple of unique and distinct aspects that I particularly wanted on my ring but was unsure whether they would be possible or practical with the materials I had chosen. The team were brilliant and provided detailed information and several options for how I could achieve my overall design. They’re passionate and efficient communication from initial contact for a quote, right through to collecting the finished ring, made the whole process far more relaxed and much less daunting than I had built it up to be!

The design of the ring is very important, as I wanted to create a distinctive and personalised ring for my fiancé that was unique for her. I love creating and giving her surprises, so along with the proposal itself, I wanted the ring design to be a surprise and not like anything she had seen before.

In the seven years that we had been together before I proposed, we had occasionally looked at engagement rings in shop windows and laughed about how she would keep changing her mind as to what type of ring she may like “one day” and how I was generally clueless about jewellery. So, when it came to designing her ring, I wanted to make sure that I incorporated elements of the rings that we had seen during these occasions, but that ultimately had the personalised aesthetics of a ring that was unique and distinctive for her. The crossed gold band leading up to the gems is one of these incorporated aspects, as is the combination of the sapphires and diamond; aspects that a lot of the rings she had admired had in common. However, the decision to arrange the gems into a flower and put the sapphires as the petals and the diamond in the centre was one of the unique elements added from my design. One of the only ‘serious’ comments my fiancé had previously made regarding engagement rings was that she really liked the idea of a flower design but had never seen one that she truly liked or felt drawn too. The majority that I had seen all had a central coloured gemstone with diamonds surrounding them, which didn’t quite give the colourful appearance I knew my fiancé would like.

steph and ben's engagement ring design
steph and ben's engagement ring design

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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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