A Long Time Coming
9: David Giulietti
After reading the story of Kate and Rebecca, I knew I wanted to create a ring. Rings have a long history in the human story—they are not only an expression of love and union, but also a representation of the sealing of the marriage contract. Plus, Kate could wear a ring every day, so it would always be close.
Considering Kate’s tastes, I wanted to keep it modern and not overly designed, referencing both their love of the outdoors, as well as their history as a couple. In the beginning, they had to keep their relationship a secret, and even after they came out, they had no way to legally acknowledge it. The ruby represents their love kept safe, fiery, and strong throughout the years. A waterfall of gems pouring down the side of the ring symbolizes same-sex marriage finally being made legal and allowing their love to flow freely on all fronts. Diamonds evoke the pristine waters of Washington State’s Cascade Mountains, which they both loved.