The Proposal - Genna Delaney Jewellery Artist

The Proposal
Rachael And Neil Engagement Ring

Rachael And Neil Engagement Ring

Bespoke engagement Rings

I really enjoy taking on bespoke commissions, especially wedding and engagement jewellery. Even though I love designing and making the pieces, I also like to get to know my clients and find out their story. Sometimes the fiance asks me to design and make the ring as a surprise, but I also get the couple coming together to discuss getting the bespoke engagement ring, designed to their taste. This is what happened with Rachael and Neil.

Rachael and Neils story

The Proposal

They got in touch after Neil proposed on the beach on the Isle of Lewis. When someone gets in touch about a bespoke commission I get them to fill in a consultation form asking questions about materials, stones, budget, inspiration, etc. This allows the client to do some research and think about what they really want. It also gives me a good idea of their style and helps to make sure that we’re on the same wave length.

Rachael told me her inspiration behind the ring and how Neil proposed,

“The beach that has stole Neil & my heart and has become the inspiration behind my engagement ring. The materials I thought of using are Gold and an aquamarine gemstone to reflect the colour of the sea surrounding the Isle of  Lewis. I love the more greeny/blue aquamarine gems.”

Sea Surrounding The Isle Of Lewis

Sea Surrounding The Isle Of Lewis

“The ring represents the whole beauty of Lewis and it’s amazing beaches… Neil proposed to me at midnight on Kneep bay, Uig.  Although it was freezing, windy, raining and we were camping in a tent in May we simply couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in the world …. Also the meanings and tradition, surrounding aquamarine gems, strikes a very personal cord with me and Neil. We’re very committed in getting a ring made that is unique to us and our promise to each other.”

These are the images of work in progress of the commission.

After we discussed the design and Rachael was happy with it. I sourced the right materials and got a variety of aquamarine gemstones on appro so that Rachael could choose the perfect aquamarine with the right shade of blue, then I begin making the ring.

The piece was sent off to the Assay Office to get tested and hallmarked to the jewellery trading standards. These stamps prove that the piece is genuine gold. It also has my makers mark, the year and the stamp of the assay office that it was hallmarked it. Once it comes back from the Assay Office in Edinburgh, I set the stone and do a final polish/clean up. Then the customers come to collect the piece or I can post it out to them if they can’t make it through to my studio in Dundee.

Final Piece

Final Piece

This is what Neil and Rachael had to say about commissioning me

“We were looking for a unique piece that encapsulated the moment we got
engaged. I only had a photo of a coastal scene in Lewis. We had decided
that we wanted aquamarine to our stone to mirror the amazing blue sea.
Genna came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint.We visited her
studio in Dundee and were delighted to have found someone who was
genuinely excited and enthusiastic. We simply gave Genna a photo of the
scene where I proposed. She managed to capture the moment with several
designs. Both allowing it be both classical and contemporary. She guided
us through the design process with her knowledge and suggestions.

Needless to say, we were very happy with the finished ring. It’s just
what we wanted. So much so, we’ve asked her to do or weddings rings
as well.

Regards Neil & Rachael March 2016″

Rachael Aqua Engagment Ring 9ct

Rachael Aqua Engagment Ring 9ct

If you have a story that you would like to share about your special proposal please comment below.

Also if you would like a bespoke piece made get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Thanks for reading x


Can't thank you enough it was exactly as we asked for and a lot more x better start saving for the Eternity ring you're going to be making next for June .... a very happy couple xx


My family bought me a voucher for a 1:1 workshop to make a silver ring for my Birthday. Genna's workshops are informative in the process of jewellery making and good fun. Genna has a lovely teaching style.

Best of all you go home with a beautiful ring you made.

I would definitely do another workshop and if I could give Genna 10 stars I would. Thank you.


Picked up my Wedding Ring today and words can't describe how happy I am. It looks amazing. Few wee (happy) tears on the way home. Thank you so much. p.s. thank you from my "Mum" too xxx


Genna design recently carried out a repair on my wife's engagement ring. I could not fault Genna's workmanship and the cost of the repair was very competitive. I would not hesitate to return in the future.


I had a fantastic time on Saturday, thanks Genna for being patient. Love my ring. Robert asked what I was making next so I might be back. Thanks once again for a great day x


Had a lovely day with Genna making our wedding rings! What a great touch to add to our special day! Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to make their wedding rings, more than just a ring!

Stephanie 2018

Genna created my engagement and wedding ring and they are absolutely beyond perfect! She really took her time at the initial consultation and went over all of the tiniest details - when we got the pictures of the finished rings I was totally blown away - they were exactly what I had pictured in my head, if not better!!


Genna, it was lovely to meet you last evening and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the beautiful necklace. It is truly gorgeous. What a talent you have. I've not taken it off since last Thursday! I was even wearing it for Crufts all weekend!

Keep following your dream!

Jenny Campbell 2018

Really enjoyable and educational day, we both had loads of fun. Would recommend to anyone looking to make there own personalised ring

Gordon & Gill

As Alison and Ron’s neighbours we have witnessed first hand this special and devoted love and the beautiful commission pieces you made reflect beautifully their enduring love . Alison wears them with humble pride.


Today my mother enjoyed her Christmas treat from us – a four hour ring making class with jeweller Genna Delaney. She totally loved it and has made a wonderful ring. She reckons Genna is a natural teacher. As a former head teacher she’s good at spotting such talents. If you want to learn jewellery making then Genna is the person to see!

Prof Mike Press

Whoah this blog is fantastic. I love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are searching around for this information, you can aid them greatly.


I'm over the moon with my ring! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful piece which means so much to me. I absolutely love it.

Irene 2018

Thanks so much for the beautiful ring I bought yesterday!! Will be in touch about a commission a piece soon!!

Julia Wang, NY

Genna has lots of lovely jewellery to buy. The best things are bespoke though. She made me a few unique items using much loved heirlooms and updating them.

Bonnie Lee, TX