Brides look away for a moment , this post is going out to my fellow men, the brotherhood, especially those thinking of asking their partners a very important question in the near future.
Now, guys, I’ve already got you marked down as very sensitive and caring types (you’re reading this blog about wedding photography, aren’t you?) so, you’ll be aware of how important it is to backup your romantic proposal with suitably stylish and beautiful (i.e. ‘expensive’) piece of bling. I’m sure you’re aware that it’s one of life’s givens that Tiffany blue trumps Liz Duke (even if Argos blue is quite similar really!) and, I’m equally convinced, you won’t be tempted to offer your intended an ‘Invisible Love’ ring designed by Sasha Tseng as shown here.
At first glance it appears to be a silver band with a very large stone as it’s centrepiece. However, once the box is opened you can see that this is very clever packaging and what we have is a stainless steel ring (hallmarked, no doubt) with an empty setting. Listen to me good, even at a very reasonable $68 this is not a gift to be offering as a symbol of your undying love.
The two images below just look plain wrong, don’t they? And if they look wrong to us then, trust me, the girl of your dreams won’t be impressed either.
Now, there may be one or two brave chaps who are thinking along the lines of “my baby’s different, our love is special and this type of ring will be a metaphor for that special love”. Your best hope is to direct your other half to Tseng’s website, Sashapure, where she can read the explanation that you’re trying so hard to get across:
“Little girls grow up dreaming of it, big girls get jealous over it, and advertisers cash big checks on it. SashaPure questions which part of the ring is the most important—the shine of the gem sitting atop the band or the emotion that makes you want to say “forever.” The answer was easy – the ring itself is merely a representation of an intangible devotion. To embody a feeling as ethereal as love, we wanted to create a piece of jewelry just as transcendent.
From inside the box, the ring glitters with the promise of karats in spades. But upon opening the box, it is revealed that the sparkling facets are, in fact, only on the surface of the package. This is the moment of impact. When the essence of the design, and the intentions of the designer, hit you in the gut. The promise now, though still of love, is that no material can represent that devotion.”
Good luck with that!
images via ianclaridge.net