This 60th birthday present was made in Australia, delivered to Norway and gifted in London. Featuring a striking pink and purple rhodolite garnet, this ring reminds us all that – when there’s fun to be had and family to share memories with – the world really doesn’t feel so big.
It all started when Ane from Bergen, Norway, had her first Fairina Cheng ring made, a graduation present for completing her law degree.
“My mother loved the ring I ordered for myself, and loved the thought of getting something one of a kind. My sisters and I decided that we should get a custom made piece for her, and with a 60th birthday coming up we had the perfect occasion.
Ane and her sister
My mother always organizes surprises for others, and is – without a doubt, the “glue” in our family. We wanted to do something really special for her birthday, so one year ahead of the big day, we started planning.
She had never been to London before, but had always dreamed of going there. So we decided to set London as the scene.
As the tour guide I had quite a job planning the whole weekend – and keeping it a secret. There was so much to plan, order and book, and people were arriving at different times. The first day I had to make sure that my mother wouldn’t accidentally run into the others as they arrived at the hotel. It wasn’t easy since she was so excited about finally being in London all she wanted to do was go out and explore! I had absolutely no control over where she was, and had to make up reasons to check what she was doing and when she was expecting to be back!
On the day of her birthday, we booked a table at a restaurant for the whole family, and during this dinner we handed over the ring as a present. We hid Fairina’s ring box inside in another box, so that we could all see her reaction when she realized what it was. When she opened it and saw the logo, she looked a little puzzled. But a few seconds later you could tell that she recognized the name and realized that the ring was custom made for her. Her eyes got all teary and she wanted to put it on right away. She has worn it every day since, and she adores it!
Watch the moment Ane’s mum entered a restaurant in an entirely different country and saw her family there to greet her!
Our mother is a lively and colourful person, and we wanted the ring to express that. We wanted something different that you don’t see at the regular jewellery stores. Depending on the light, the stone sparkles red to pink to purple, sometimes even with a hint of orange. The gemstone is definitely both lively and colourful. Just like our mother.”