One day, not too long ago, a really nice young man came into Atelier Ivaan. He's a loving husband and a devoted father of two. He comes from an extremely supportive family, and with their help, he has become a highly skilled and very successful tradesman. Yet, for all his success, he remains down to earth, modest, honest and sincere. He was very interested in what goes on at Atelier Ivaan, and you could see he really appreciated Ivaan's exquisite work. He said he'd like to order a special piece of jewellery one day.
A few weeks later, he returned, and said he'd made up his mind. He wanted me to make the most special ring I could manage, as a gift for his wife. Every time he mentioned her, his face lit up. He told me that years ago, in the early stages of their relationship, his wife had faced a serious health crisis which nearly destroyed her, and from which few people ever recover. She fought her way back, tooth and nail, and for nearly five years she has been free of her illness. He spoke with awe of her courage and determination to get better.
On December 15th, this young couple will celebrate the fifth anniversary of her recovery. He wanted something absolutely jaw-dropping to present to her as a gift, in recognition of not merely her return to health, but of what an inspiration she has been to him.
My client brought his wife in to meet me a few days ago. She hasn't seen the ring, of course, but she knows he has something up his sleeve. She is one of those people you warm to right away, and I liked her immediately. I kept wanting to turn around and introduce her to Ivaan, because I knew he would like her too.
But on December 15th, when she tries on this ring, I won't have to introduce her to Ivaan, because they will have just met.
So, I'll simply say this. From Ivaan and from me, to the two of you: may good health and happiness follow you wherever you go. You are both a huge inspiration.
|JUST A TINY FRAGMENT OF THE RING. I'LL POST A PICTURE OF THE ENTIRE RING ON DECEMBER 15TH.|
|AND HERE IT IS. I SURE HOPE SHE LOVED IT.|