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.

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Celtic Knot

 

The band is decorated with Celtic knots which have no beginning or end, symbolizing eternity. 

 

 

 

 

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Triquetra

 

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. 

 

 

 

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Detail of Cross Setting

 

The stone setting was designed to incorporate a cross to symbolize Maria & Gavin’s shared Catholic faith.

 

 

 

 

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Sandra’s Necklace & Abbe’s Ring

 

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:

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