Stories

Technology Meets Tradition
38 years ago, Ronald was spending his savings on a fine yellow gold diamond solitaire engagement ring so he could ask Liane to marry him. Fast forward to 2022, and they’ve now got three children, two grandchildren and lifetime of...
Tickled Pink: Parth & Lucie’s Bespoke Engagement Ring Journey
We recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Parth, who is based in Sydney, Australia, to design and craft the perfect bespoke engagement ring for his partner, Lucie. Being based in Sydney meant every step of the design process was completed remotely via phone...
Contrasting Classic: Bespoke Wedding Rings for Stacy & Adam
We previously collaborated with Adam to design and craft a beautiful bespoke engagement ring for him to give to Stacy, and then recently we had the opportunity to work with them again on creating their unique and individual wedding rings....
Dear Dragonfly, A 40th Anniversary Gift Like No Other, From Scarecrow
Words from Terry McCaul: When I met my wife I was quite scrawny and earned a nickname of Scarecrow.  My wife, Jane, has always liked dragonflies and has many household items with pictures of dragonflies etc. Over the years I have given...
Bespoke Diamond Halo Ring for Renée & Matt
"We designed this beautiful ring with The Village Goldsmith and they were absolutely AMAZING to deal with! Everything was done via email/phone etc as they are based in Wellington and we are in Christchurch but honestly it was so easy and...
For Whānau, For Generations
We appreciate the opportunity to create beautiful jewellery for our clients which is not only lovely to look at and enjoyable to wear but is built to stand the test of time so it can be treasured for generations. When...
A Tribute to His Ancestors: Custom Signet Ring
Luke came to us to create a custom ring to represent his Scottish descent by featuring his family crest and motto on a white gold signet ring. This video shows the journey of crafting a custom signet ring from start to finish and showcases a meaningful...
Handcrafting a Contemporary Diamond Ring
When clay meets gold... When a potter whose trademark style can be described as organic, asymmetrical and contemporary, is getting married, you can bet their wedding ring will be anything but straight, sleek and traditional. Our master jeweller, Ben, was...
Operation Restoration: Almost 200-Year-Old Ring
A long-standing client of The Village Goldsmith was many years ago gifted a beautiful pearl and turquoise ring by her Great Aunt, which was first crafted in Birmingham in 1866. Her understanding was that it was a Victorian Mourning ring, crafted from seed pearls and turquoise, as...
An Event To Remember: Olympian Kayla Imrie’s Celebratory Bangle
Wellington born and bred, Kayla Imrie made her official Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, where she was one of the four members on the women’s kayak team. The quartet qualified for the finals in the K4 (four people...
A Horses Intuition
What would you do if you lost your sentimental diamond rings that belonged to your late mother, while feeding your horses one evening? Lisa Whiteman almost gave up on finding her rings, until she thought her horse, KiwiKawa, wanted a second dinner, leading...
An All Black Proposal: Beauden Barrett and Hannah Laity Engagement Ring Story
The Village Goldsmith offers a big congratulations to New Zealand All Black, Beauden Barrett and fiancée Hannah Laity on their engagement! Photo credit: @hannahlaity Beauden took Hannah completely by surprise with a romantic trip to Fiji, to make their holiday even...
One Century Later, A Family Ring Continues to Evolve
Almost 100 years old, a special piece of family history is still being passed through the generations, being updated each step of the way. Alice and Andy came to The Village Goldsmith with their family heirloom ring, wanting to continue the tradition of personalising it...
Bespoke Pendant for Rugby Player Ardie Savea
We had the pleasure of designing and hand crafting a bespoke pendant for Saskia Savea to gift to her husband, and world-famous rugby player, Ardie Savea for his birthday. The design we created was a beautiful yellow and white gold Christian cross, with each point...
A Love Story From Italy
Venice Inspired Ring Leo and his partner, Elizabeth, went on a holiday with their daughter to Italy and completely fell in love with the architecture. When they came back to New Zealand Leo wanted to propose, but he wasn’t looking for a classic...
Monkey Bars to Building Plans (and a Diamond Ring)
A couple we met recently gives the idea of “high school sweethearts” a whole new meaning. Hannah and Johnathan first met when they were about eight years old, fast forward 16 years and the couple are ready to tie the knot. We had the...
Representing Milestones: Hand Carved Pounamu and Diamond Engagement Ring Remodel
Updating your engagement ring as your love story evolves is a beautiful sentiment. When you want to incorporate new memories and milestones into something which represents your love story together, opting to remodel your existing engagement ring is a wonderful idea.  This is exactly what Reagan and Will did. The couple based in the South Island’s Okains...
Engagement and Wedding Rings Which Represent Their Passions: Sara and Lee
On the mountains of Cardrona, Sara Quilter said “yes” to her sweetheart, best friend and adventure partner, Lee Corleison. Well, technically he intended to propose in the snow, but the evening before he decided he couldn’t wait a minute longer and proposed...
Behind the Scenes of Stacy and Adam’s Engagement Ring
A huge congratulations to the reno king and queen - Stacy and Adam from The Block! The pair swapped their paint brushes for glasses of champagne when Adam popped the question during a luxurious weekend away. We were lucky enough...
Natural Crystal to Vibrant Amethyst Ring: A Representation of Romance
First meeting in the mountains of Panchangi, Pune, Daniel and Muzhgan quickly fell in love. After spending a month in India together, they continued their romance from a distance. After almost a year, Daniel travelled to Kabul to ask Muzhgan’s parents for permission to marry...
Great Gemstones from his Great Grandmother: Josh and Marcie’s Family Heirloom Engagement Ring
Having a ring passed down through generations is such a special and treasured legacy, particularly when you can use the sentimental gemstones to design your perfect engagement ring. Josh and Marcie came to us for this exact reason, they wanted to find...