MJSA Design Challenge 2016: Gigi Gruber

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A Long Time Coming


1: Gigi Gruber


When I heard Kate’s story, some details stuck out for me, namely the struggles that Kate and Rebecca experienced during the early days of their relationship as well as the sacrifices Kate has made over their 40 years together. These were on my mind when I sat down and started brainstorming ideas for the design.

Because this is a wedding and anniversary present, I knew I wanted to make a ring. Kate and Rebecca had intentionally waited to make their commitment legal until gay marriage was an option for all people in the U.S., so I felt it was important to focus on that most traditional symbol of betrothal. In addition, I also thought it would be nice for Kate to have something she could look at and admire any time without needing a mirror.

I wanted Kate’s interests and style to be reflected in the ring’s design and I came up with a jagged upper shape that I thought was representative of both Kate’s love of hiking as well as the figurative mountain...