Something New

Like many brides, I’ve done my research on rings. I think it started in college when my girlfriends and I would always talk about what sort of ring we would have if we could choose. Some of my friends wanted a simple solitaire, while others preferred shaped diamonds or precious stones. I actually wasn’t sure what I would want, so I started looking online.

I think I probably designed 50 rings on Blue Nile and Mondera, and there seemed to be one common theme””I liked the pear shape. Blue Nile was really helpful in that I was able to see so many different settings with a pear diamond. I didn’t like the pear alone, so I tried many different side stones with it. I came up with a few “perfect combos” and then it hit me””I wasn’t going to tell Champ exactly what I wanted. I think telling him that I loved the pear shape was enough. After all, he does need to decide on something, right? I think I would have been silly to tell him all about my ring designs. I knew he wanted to have input, and what fun would that have been for him?

Check out this ad for personalized designs… creeeeepyyy. Why is she naked, why does she look “pleased,” and where is anywhere? Please tell me they’re talking about a personalized toe ring. Weird.

Back to my ring. So this is the story I get after our engagement: it took six months for Champ to design my ring with Walter, a consultant from Washington Diamonds.

Champ is an attorney, and by nature he is a perfectionist. He wanted the “perfect pear.” The pear shaped diamond is considered to be a round brilliant diamond at one end and a marquise shape at the other. It is sometimes referred to as a tear drop due to its rounded side and pointed edge. A length-to-width ratio between 1.45 and 1.75 is typically considered most desirable for the pear. He tells me that the pear diamond has what they call a “bowtie”- a sort of shadow that is cast by light in the ring, and this is something you want to avoid.

And here is the final product of Champ’s personal design. He picked every diamond in the ring, even all the pave stones on the sides of the ring! Sorry for the picture quality, it’s hard to get a good picture of a ring.

Another thing I should mention while I’m on the subject of rings. A few months ago, I went to a Wedding Expo (AKA mini wedding inferno) with a fellow bride to be (and also a DIY inspiration to me) and like any expo, we were hounded by vultures. We both got our rings cleaned at a booth, and I totally gave in and bought the product. Well, it’s AMAZING. It makes my ring so so shiny and really polishes the platinum if I have the time to use the cream and brush. I use a toothbrush and it works wonders. It’s called Something New Jewelry Cleaner and it is a two-part system. Best of all, it’s all natural and even smells of banana and coconut oil! Mmm!

Any other pear girls out there?


Mrs. Champagne

Wedding Date:
February 2009
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Nicole R., Guest @ 11:04 am

    I love both pears and solitaires! Your ring is gorgeous!

  2. misscookie Member
    misscookie 795 posts, Busy bee @ 12:12 pm

    Wowzas! Kudos to Champ! I love your ring!

    I wanted a round solitaire e-ring, but I just recently got a pear Yogo sapphire to set in a necklace for the wedding.

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    Becky, Guest @ 12:55 pm

    LOVE your ring! Be careful using a brush to clean it though- the ony time I used a brush on mine, a small stone (also pave setting) popped out the next day!

    The jeweler told us that the brushes are notoriously bad for popping out pave setting stones.

    And, how impressive that he picked it out on his own.
    :) Becky

  4. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:00 pm

    @Becky: I’m suuuper careful! I actually use one that’s made for babies :)

  5. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:01 pm

    oops, should I clarify? a toothbrush made for babies!

  6. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:14 pm

    I may need to think about investing in some type of cleaning solution now, I love how shiny and pretty mine looks, but I’ve only had it for a week and I swear it’s starting to look grungey already! Maybe I should stop wearing it to work (I’m a waitress), but I can’t bear to have it off of my finger for so long!

  7. mspomegranate Member
    mspomegranate 961 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 pm

    It’s goooooorgeous Champ!

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    PrettyKitty 505 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm

    YAY for Champ! My industrious designed my ring as well and I love how he put so much time and thought into the process, it really made it special. Your pear ring is some serious bling, work it!

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    sja, Guest @ 5:26 pm

    Your ring is gorgeous!

  10. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:38 pm

    @Miss Avocado: I swear my ring looks completely different after I clean it! Dirt gets into the pave and gives the grunge factor- I wouldn’t be able to take mine off to work either, I’m with you on that!

  11. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:36 pm

    Good Job Champ! Your ring is goreous!

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    Beans, Guest @ 11:32 am

    May I ask what kind of wedding band you are choosing? I have a ring that I should probably get a wrap band with but I’m not a fan. I’m a little torn as to what to do.

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    My Favorite Fruit » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 6:21 pm

    […] something about it that feels romantic and elegant. Champ really took the time to design a ring just for me- that’s what makes it so […]

  14. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:33 am

    @Beans: I can answer this now because we just purchased our wedding rings last night!! I’m getting an eternity band with stones just about the size of my side stones. It matched perfectly, and I loved the way it looked by itself too. Did you decide what to do with yours??

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    Jenna, Guest @ 9:01 pm

    I am in love with your ring. I have picked out a similar one and was wondering what size finger you have and what the carat weight is of the center stone. Thanks it just looks like the perfect size!!

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