In support of the historic passing of gay marriage in New Zealand, radio station ZM announced in July 2013 that they would run a competition to find a same-sex couple to marry on the first day the law would be enacted. When we heard about this competition, we knew we had to get involved!
After several weeks of campaigning and voting, Tash and Mel were the competition winners. From dresses, to venues, to horse-drawn carriages, every aspect of these lovely ladies’ wedding was provided by supportive and gay-positive companies. Of course, we at K. Amani Fine Jeweller supplied the rings.
When Tash and Mel found out they would receive custom designed wedding bands up to a value of $5,000, they were ecstatic! Tash always had a very specific idea in mind for her wedding band, and we met at our store in the Queen’s Arcade to work out the details. It’s amazing just how much fun you can have when working with people who are just so happy to get married!
Tash’s wedding ring was created in palladium and features alternating baguette-cut diamonds along the band. Mel already had an engagement ring, and wanted her wedding band to perfectly fit around the engagement ring and have a similar design in 18K white gold. We quickly measured and scanned her engagement ring, and created a channel-set wedding band with 12 round diamonds.
Working on this competition meant that we had very tight deadlines. From the moment that Tash and Mel were announced as winners, we got in contact with them to ensure everything would be completed within the three weeks leading up to the wedding. Because her band was very wide, Tash’s ring needed to be created larger than the actual finger measurement, due to how the ring pushes the skin. Because of last minute preparations, Tash and Mel needed to be in twelve places at once, so we were happy to meet with them at their house and deliver the rings in person. These were some very happy brides-to-be, for sure!