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Engagement Ring: Steven Kirsch / ERD Old Mine Brilliant

Rock-a-Fella

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I lurked. I researched. I lurked some more and researched some more. Finally, it was time for me to take the plunge. After purchasing the stone from Engagement Rings Direct, I went around the corner to meet with Steven Kirsch, whose work for other PSers I had seen on this website. My goal was an antique setting that would match the stone that I had purchased. I went to him with various pictures of other settings and discussed my ideas for the engagement ring, which was to be comprised of little tidbits from the different settings that I had seen. In retrospect, I am sure that my ring design sounded like some sort of setting jambalaya, but SK took mercy upon me, said that he understood and refrained from raising an eyebrow and looking at me crazily. The bottom line was that I wanted the setting to speak to her and for her to know that this piece was designed specifically for her by me. I asked Steven to make this ring his own and turn my ideas into his own masterpiece. He assured me that it would come together and just... "work".

Well, I finally picked up his creation and to be honest, it almost brought a tear to my eye. It was more stunning (to me) than I expected, and I pray that she loves it as much as I do.

I want to thank Chris (and Mark) at ERD for their patience and help in picking this stone. Also, I want to thank all of the people on this website who (1) directly commented on my posts during this process or (2) shared their stories and expertise without which I never could have achieved such a great result. It was reassuring to have you guys along for the ride. And lastly.....Steven Kirsch. The result speaks for itself.

So.......here it is:

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Dandi

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WHOA!!! THat is beyond stunning! You have done such an amazing job, and that is one lucky girl that is going to be wearing that masterpiece! Congrats! :love: :love: :love:
 

pancake

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OMG, that is GOBSMACKINGLY beautiful! Gorgeous, truly antique-styled heirloom piece you have there, what a lucky pair you are!
 

rosetta

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That is so ornate and delicious!
 

ml2

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gorgeous, gorgeous!!! i love how it shows how much effort and thought and energy you put into every sparkly detail!! just beautiful, good work!!
 

lknvrb4

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Wow!!!! The ring is drop dead gorgeous, I love all the details on the shank.
 

zoebartlett

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What a pretty ring! I've never seen twisted prongs like that before. Cool design.
 

mrssalvo

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what an amazing creation! She is going to love it 110%. It's just a masterpiece!!
 

Liv69

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Bless yout heart, you really went the extra mile...and then some! Your beloved will be speechless. Enjoy!
 

dani13

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STUNNING!!!!! What a treasure you have there!!!! Good luck with your proposal!!! :appl:
 

yennyfire

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Wow, what a beauty! Your future FI is going to be knocked over when she sees it! Please come back and post handshots when you can....
 

luv2sparkle

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It is beautiful and unique! I am sure she will love it! The engraving is gorgeous, I love the prong arms especially!
 

gemgirl

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His work has been consistantly beautiful from everything that's been posted and your creation, is no exception. His work looks impeccable and it's giving me good reason to contact him in the near future to ask about resetting my original wedding set. Your new e-ring is stunning!
 

Bella_mezzo

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:love: :love: :love: :love: :love: that is gorgeous!!! great job by you and by SK! She is going to love it! Congrats! :appl:
 

slg47

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oh wow, it's gorgeous! that is so special that you were able to combine elements from different rings you liked into this one stunning design! love it and please come back with handshots!
 

Rock-a-Fella

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. I will be sure to post other pictures, including handshots, after the proposal.

For those of you who commented on the prong design --- much of that was SK's genius.
 

Laila619

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Wow, this ring truly is special! Fantastic job!!!
 

Ninama

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Absolutely GORGEOUS! :appl: :appl: :appl:
 

Miss Sparkly

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how beautiful! I just love the older cuts :appl:
 

diamondseeker2006

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Wow!!! :love: :love: :love: I just adore the whole ring, but that engraving is just gorgeous! You did a super job...and so did Steven! :appl: :appl: :appl:
 

Treenbean

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It is so stunning! What was your inspiration? Truly heirloom quality, I am in love. Please post pics of it on her finger after the proposal...
 
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