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Jeweller Siân Jones with her trusty sketchbook.

The ring whisperer


A personal proposal from Bert Jewellery


Words: Damien Woolnough


24th May 2018

Proposing to your future husband is hard enough but for fashion insider Lylle Blackstock the search for the perfect ring was positively nerve wrecking.

Bondi jeweller Siân Jones from Bert Jewellery was his saving grace when it came to putting a ring on fiancée Nick Balzer.

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The Kintsugi rings from Bert Jewellery for Blackstock and Balzer.

"It’s a whole new frontier," says Blackstock, a luxury public relations specialist with Agency B & Co. "I’ve worked with big brands but I really didn’t know where to start until a friend recommended Siân."

After Instagram investigations, Jones met with Blackstock to figure out a ring that would be impossible to refuse.

"I like to meet my clients and I turn up with my sketchbook to start work on the spot," Jones says. "We were talking about how Lylle and Nick had been to Japan and loved it. Lylle also made it clear that Nick wouldn’t like anything over-the-top, so the Japanese preference for narrow rings got us talking."

With plain narrow rings decided upon Jones was struck with inspiration on her morning run the following day. The Japanese Kintsugi movement, where cracked pottery is repaired with gold becoming a new leaping off point.

The Japanese Kintsugi movement, where cracked pottery is repaired with gold becoming a new leaping off point.

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The Kintsugi rings from Bert Jewellery for Blackstock and Balzer.

"I called Lylle and we decided that it would be a small detail and if it was too much for Nick her could wear it on the inside of his finger."

The process put some of Blackstock's nerves at ease (he still needed Balzer to say 'yes').

"I have some tattoos and the interaction and involvement with the creative process reminded me of that," he says.

For Blackstock, having rings as a part of the proposal was essential. The traditionalist almost asked Balzer’s relatives for permission to propose but wasn’t sure that they could keep a secret.

"It’s a new frontier but a new that rings were important to me. When the time came I even got down on bended knee."

 

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Lylle Blackstock and Nick Balzer in Canada after the proposal.

The proposal took place while on holiday in a cosy San Francisco café. And he said ‘yes’.

"It was wonderful because even though everyone in the café knew what was going on they gave us our space."

The quiet moment suited Balzer’s nature, although if the roles had been reversed Blackstock says he would have been happy with a flash mob or massive sparkler.

Glitzy stones are well within the Bert Jewellery repertoire but Jones, who has created many rings for same sex ceremonies, prefers the emphasis to be on craftsmanship and personalisation.

"This is something that people will have for the rest of their lives and beyond," Jones says. "I love the idea that their rings will live on with marks of time on them for hundreds of years."

For Blackstock the next year is the main focus with a wedding to plan and perhaps more jewellery.

Bert Jewellery, +61431240697

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