Maria’s ring is truly one of a kind. While Gavin spent many hours designing it, Maria thought he was playing video games. After constructing the intricate CAD designs he wanted, Gavin worked with a custom designer to create the custom engagement ring he gave to Maria on May 24th, 2014 is a private room atop the Sears (Willis) Tower.
The band is decorated with Celtic knots which have no beginning or end, symbolizing eternity.
Near the stone is a Celtic Trinity (triquetra). Traditionally, the triquetra symbolizes the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In modern Ireland, the symbol represents the three promises of a relationship: to love, to honor, and to protect.
The stone setting was designed to incorporate a cross to symbolize Maria & Gavin’s shared Catholic faith.
Gavin used gold from pieces of jewelry from both Maria’s mother, Sandra, and his, Abbe. Sandra gave Gavin a gold chain with pearl that Maria’s father, Dan, had given her on their own honeymoon. Abbe contributed her favorite gold motherhood ring, which she wore nearly daily for more than a decade before the band fractured. Portions of each jewelry piece were melted down and incorporated into maria’s engagement ring.
The final design: