My grandmother was in her eighties and suffering from ailments that come with age. She was losing weight and sometimes wouldn’t recognise people. Even now she wouldn’t hesitate to give you a piece of her mind if she felt so. However, she was always the life of the party wherever she went. No one could beat her if “macarena” came up and she would dance like a different person had entered her frail body. My grams was the boss when it came to having fun and I loved it when she was in her element. But, this story is about how I found an exact replica of vintage engagement ring in Hatton Garden which was the final symbol of her love for my Grandfather.
Growing up I remember spending a lot of time with her. We would make cookies, well mostly her, I would just polish off the cookie dough, as a 5-year-old. She would take me to her garden, and I would pick out strawberries and tomatoes for the salad we would make. I also remember her defending me when I was up to no good. And soon I realised this came to me from her. Grams was a prankster and I saw her getting away with things just because she was a “little old lady”.
My grandmother still wore her engagement ring along with her wedding ring. It was a vintage piece that she loved a lot. It was also something gramps had given her for the first time and she never took it off her finger, even after gramps passed. It was an old-fashioned ring with a large diamond in the centre and two more small diamonds on each side of it. One day when I went to visit her, I found her harrowed and irritable only to find out that she had lost her engagement ring. We looked everywhere and she couldn’t remember where she had seen it last. I told her that evening that I would find it for her.
I searched for vendors for Vintage Engagement ring in Hatton Garden and asked around for the best vintage jewellery shop in London. I wanted to see her happy and now she was sad that her most precious ring wasn’t to be found. After looking through antique jewellery shops in London, I made my way to Hatton garden, the jewellery hub.
A friend of mine had found her Vintage Engagement ring in Hatton Garden and I finally made it there, instead of just searching online. I entered a shop named Flawless Fine Jewellery and saw that they had quite a collection of vintage rings. I discussed with the owner that I needed an exact replica of a vintage ring and was looking for custom jewellery for engagement. I had a picture of the ring that I shared. The ring had a distinct colour and I didn’t know which metal was used. But the moment I gave the picture he figured it out that it was a mix of rose gold and platinum. I was impressed with his knowledge and placed an order for the replica with him.
Many choose to buy readymade rings as it is easier, but custom jewellery is always designed as per what you want. With a custom piece, you know that your ring will always be unique as there are no similar designs being sold in the market. It is an exclusive piece just for you. My grandfather also had the ring made especially for my grandmother; a way to show his devotion towards her. Custom jewellery can make memorable jewellery gift items for your special someone.
A week later I went back to check on the order. The owner brought out the ring and I was speechless. The ring looked exactly like the one my grams had. I had found the replica of the Vintage Engagement ring in Hatton Garden and I was so excited to bring it to my grams. I thanked the owner. I had it made in Flawless Fine Jewellery, one of the best jewellers in Hatton Garden, London.
The next day I took the ring to my grams. She was not doing so well and had to rest most of the day. Her nurse let me in, and I found her snoozing on the couch in front of the television. I gently woke her up and said: “Grams, look what I found?” Her face lit up as she asked “What?” And I placed the ring in the palm of her hand. Her reaction was priceless. First, there was shock, followed by awe and then pure happiness. She laughed and whooped and then put on the ring on her finger. She smiled a lot that day and gave me plenty of hugs for finding her ring.
That was the last time I saw her coherent before she passed. The next time I saw her, she was in hospice and I knew what was coming. When I entered her room, she seemed lost, but when her eyes landed on me, I could see clarity in her eyes. She called me to her bed. I sat down near her and she displayed her fingers for me. I am surprised when I see two engagement rings on her hand. “I found the old one,” she says. I look down guilty. But she pushes my chin up to meet her eyes and speaks, “Thank you for making my last days happier. Had I not found the ring..that is had you not given me the ring I would have been sad that I lost my husband’s first gift to me. They found it when I was being brought to the hospice. It was in my spectacle case. Thank you for caring enough.”
I smile and hold her hand and tell her how much I love her. She passed away that night in her sleep. I know that the ring was like her lifeline. She would wear it and keep looking at it to remember gramps. I cannot thank the jewellers enough for making my grams smile again.
Gifts have always been important in any relationship and it makes the bond special. My gramps made the ring for grams as a custom piece and she loved it her whole life. It was a reminder of his love, of the times they had stood together. This ring was a memorable jewellery gift item and I was so glad to find the Vintage Engagement ring in Hatton Garden when I did.