Chief Designer and CEO of Wedding Bands & Co. Koorosh Daneshgar speaks of an experience he recently had during a family outing, and how important it is to make a strong impression with your proposal:
“This past weekend, my family and I visited the Chicago Conservatory in Garfield Park. If you’ve never been before, the Conservatory is a large greenhouse, filled and surrounded with thousands of beautiful and exotic plants from all around the world. It’s truly a breathtaking experience, and I highly encourage you to visit sometime. It was very relaxing to walk around with nature, observing and becoming inspired by it.
What was interesting, however, was what I found inside one of the greenhouse rooms proper. After following the spiraling path through the building, one comes upon a small waterfall-turned-wishing well. It was filled with coins, of course, but what really got to me was the fact that the coins were arranged, rather than randomly tossed. I’ll let this video I took speak for itself.”
“It’s simple, but unforgettable. Engagements can be big and flashy or small and private, and anywhere in between – but the important thing is that they are memorable. You only get one chance, after all! To me, the proposal is just as important as the ring you’re trying to wow your partner with. You need to be creative like this person, you need to have the kind of touch that makes that moment truly your own. It needs to be something that you’ll look back at for years to come. After all, the ring can always be changed or upgraded later – but you only get one chance for your partner to say ‘Yes!'”
Traditionally, an Antique-style ring describes any ring in a style that’s over 100 years old – so, the turn of the 20th century for us today. The early 1900’s saw a revolution of different design options for the traditional engagement ring, including the inclusion of what’s become known as piercing. Piercing is the practice of creating gaps and holes in the band for stylistic purposes, which itself would evolve into unique styles all its own such as split-shank.
Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar recently designed one such piece, a beautiful platinum band with dozens of small diamonds dotted around it. What emphasizes this ring as a vintage style, along with the piercing along the sides of the center stone, is the intricate nature of the hand engraving along the top and inside of the band.
“This piece seems like it would be difficult, but the challenge was a lot of fun actually,” says Koorosh. “It’s not often that I get to focus on the details of a ring on such a scale.” Antique style rings are typically wider than the ‘traditional’ solitaire engagement ring, as well as more lavish and luxurious. They reflect upon a time of beautiful detail when work was done entirely by hand, along with all the freedom and imperfections that comes with it, rather than by computer-aided design that most rings today are modeled with.
It’s not every day that you get to witness a proposal, but Cody was kind enough to invite us (and, well, the rest of Youtube) into his living room for his Christmas-morning engagement. His engagement is certainly creative enough, but what’s truly unique is his about-to-be-fiancée’s reaction to it! If you haven’t seen it already, check out the video below:
Cody starts off by giving her the proposal present, a giant box filled with cardboard letters. She begins to read out each letter in turn, quickly getting through W-I-L-L before piecing the rest together at the start of “Y-O-U.” Her sobs of joy are truly heartfelt, and she can’t even control herself as Cody tries to make his proposal speech! Thankfully, Cody quickly gets to the important question, resulting in a truly loving – if tearful – embrace.
It really hits you in the gut to watch, but it’s undoubtedly cute. And it’s certainly something that they’ll be talking about for the rest of their lives (together!) “That’s exactly the kind of reaction we want someone to have with an engagement,” said Koorosh Daneshgar, CEO and Chief Designer of Wedding Bands & Co. “An engagement is 25% the ring, and 75% the execution behind it!” Koorosh loved the video so much, in fact, that he and the rest of Wedding Bands want to reach out to Cody and offer him a gold men’s wedding band in return for making his fiancée’s Christmas one that she’ll never be able to forget.