Stories

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...
Meant to Bee - Honeycomb Patterned Wedding Rings for Liz & Jim
We can all learn something from Liz and Jim, who learnt from honey bees that life is short, make the most of it and don’t waste a single moment.  Liz and Jim after receiving their bespoke wedding rings from The Village...
Brisbane Roar Manager Celebrates Engagement and New Arrival in a Whirlwind Year
Stepping up to the moment is not something new to Darren Davies, a fantastic Welsh footballer who became the Interim Coach for the Brisbane Roar during a time of pressure. It’s no surprise that he stepped up to the moment...
Justin & Julia’s Engagement Ring Story: Choosing A Ring With All The Right Feelings
Many people would choose an engagement ring based on what it looks like, but have you ever thought about what it feels like? Imagine you are wearing a ring on your finger right now (maybe you are). Close your eyes and trace the...
TJ Perenara and Greer Samuel's Engagement Ring Story
The Village Goldsmith congratulates TJ Perenara and fiancée Greer Samuel on their engagement! Photo credits: TJ Perenara and Greer Samuel The lovely couple were engaged when TJ popped the question to Greer over a romantic dinner in Wellington. TJ celebrated his happiness by sharing...
To California... From Wellington, With Love
Set and Amalya's Custom Hand-Engraved Engagement Ring & Proposal Story Set and Amalya live in California. Neither have travelled to New Zealand but their love story has a special Kiwi connection.   The couple met around the same time that Set started his...
Inspired by Iceland: Carl & Evelyn's Engagement Ring Story
During a 3 month cycling trip through Europe, you would expect to see some breathtaking sights and unforgettable scenery. For Carl and Evelyn, this was no more true than when their tour took them to the shores of Iceland. It...
An Ocean Proposal: Te Kawa and Rebecca's New Zealand story
The Most Precious Treasures Are Those That Mean The World To You: Te Kawa and Rebecca’s Story Living on an island nation like Aotearoa, it’s only natural that we have a special connection to the ocean and its many precious...
Hot Air Balloon Engagement Proposal: Jamie and Tom’s Unforgettable Trip To India
After years of talking about it, Tom and girlfriend Jamie - the blogger behind The Blondini Chronicles - finally decided that 2017 was the year they would move their lives to London. Little did Jamie know, Tom had also decided that it...
The Art of Surprise - Bevan & Gemma's Custom Engagement Ring & Proposal Story
Bevan wanted his marriage proposal to Gemma to be a surprise - a moment of spontaneity (although he had been planning it for months!). Gemma was also great at planning - which meant that it was difficult for Bevan to stage...