Planning a proposal but uninspired by rings in the jewellers’ windows and without a clear idea of what kind of ring he’d like to buy, Glamour of the Kill guitarist Mike Kingswood chatted to a friend about the dilemma.
During that conversation the issue of sentimental value cropped up and Mike realised that, although they are divorced now, his mum still had the engagement ring given to her by his dad some 30 years previously.
“It was a symbol of a time in his life,” said Mike. “A modest stone on a yellow gold band which was the best he could afford as a young man. He’s a successful surgeon now, but the ring still represents that stage of their lives – which is very similar to where Michelle and I are right now.”
Mike’s mum was delighted with the idea of turning her old engagement ring into a new one and liked that the jewellery could be kept in the family. So Iain and the team worked with Mike to update the ring to something more modern.
“It was such an easy process,” says Mike. “Iain took me through all of the options – discussing style, budget and any ideas I had, then came up with a design that met all of my wish list.”
Mike’s fiancée Michelle had moved to the UK just weeks before the proposal from her native Los Angeles, after a two-year transatlantic relationship.
The stone, a classic brilliant cut diamond, was reset in palladium – a derivative of platinum – which is a white metal and much more fitting for Mike’s intended than the original yellow gold. The new ring features an elegant four-claw design and is what jewellers would call “wedd-fit”, that’s to say it will fit with any wedding band.
Michelle was not disappointed when Mike popped the question on Christmas morning – although she did take a while to speak, which was a little uncomfortable for Mike as he waited for an answer!
“To me it’s a more personal thing,” says Mike about re-crafting a piece of family jewellery. “It means more. That will be her favourite piece of jewellery for the rest of her life and when she looks at it in 20 years’ time, the stone will be 50 years old. I like that.”
When asked how she feels about the ring Michelle said: “It’s amazing, I love it! Mike’s so family-orientated, it’s one of the things I love about him. We will definitely be making this a family heirloom and passing it on again.”
And Michelle’s comments on social media say it all – “Life goal: Find the best guy out there. Make him want to marry me. Check.
I am ecstatic to announce that Mike Kingswood has asked me to be his wife. This is the happiest day of my life, so far.”
Mike’s mum, meanwhile, is also delighted that her old engagement ring is being kept in the family.
If you have an idea for a piece of jewellery – be it re-working a family piece or designing something from scratch – the team at IHD would love to help you make that a reality.
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