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Design by Karina Mattei

Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon

3: Karina Mattei

After reading Jenny and Tim’s story, several concepts stood out for me: Tim and Jenny’s love for each other and their family, their love of the outdoors, and Tim’s passion for being a police officer. His badge holds great significance, and I wanted all of its symbolism to have a meaningful place in my design.

Ultimately, I decided to design an 18k white gold ring and earring suite, believing that the white metal would resemble Tim’s badge color as well as best highlight the brilliance of the blue sapphires. Many police badges depict an eagle, which is a symbol of strength and courage, with its wings conveying protection. I chose to include an eagle’s wings in my design for this reason. The badge also stands for dedication, justice, and a sworn allegiance to service and helping. Tim adhered to and honored these qualities, both on the job as well as with his family. I incorporated a heart within the center of the ring’s stylized badge. It felt like the perfect way to show and remind Jenny of the love she and Tim held toward each other, their family, and his career. There are two hearts, one on either side of the ring to symbolize their two sons.

Another common element often seen on badges is the star, which I incorporated into the ring’s prong setting holding the stone. This not only helped represent a badge, it also allows light to enter behind the stone. Additionally, it would serve as a reminder of the starry night skies they would sit under as a family during one of their many outdoor adventures. Diamonds were included in the band to accentuate the forms, as well as to add sparkle.

The earrings feature the same design elements, but they can be simplified by removing the sapphires, leaving just the heart for more informal occasions.

Karina Mattei is the owner of Karina Mattei in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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