Don’t you listen when they tell you size don’t mean a thing.
In fact, the Shadow rings were the unexpected result of a top secret scheme, hereby known as Operation Size Matters.
The story goes like this. In late 2012, I was asked to design an engagement ring for a friend. Of course, it was a secret. And of course, we needed to get her ring size without setting off alarm bells.
Operation Size Matters: Part One
Like many great stories, this one started with wine. Next came a rather unsophisticated (and slightly tipsy) attempt to raid her jewellery box and stack as many rings as possible onto her fingers. We thought we might get lucky and find a ring that magically fit. However, it wasn’t a very well thought out plan, and all we got was an awkward size estimate on a ring that was too big.
Busted for sure, or so we thought.
Operation Size Matters: Part Two
This time, we needed a more strategic approach:
1. Create a set of ring sizers disguised as jewellery (five stacking rings, each one size larger than the next).
2. Oxidise alternate rings so sizes can be identified at a glance.
3. Arrange for the girlfriend and I to play “WAG” at a weekend cricket game (sans high media profile and glamorous lifestyle).
4. Casually request hand modelling assistance for my new line of stacking rings.
The plan went off without a hitch. We stacked the rings onto her fingers, switching them up until we got a good fit (and supposedly, a good photo).
Voilà! We had our ring size.
Never to let a good design to go waste, the Shadow rings were born!
This is Claudia, the bride-to-be. The engagement ring was a whole other fishy story (and of course, she said yes)!
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