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Engagement Profile: Jon and Kara May 18 2017

How did the two of you meet? Tell us about your first date.

Interestingly enough, we met at Kara’s brother’s wedding. We noticed each other at the reception and then met up downtown afterwards. We danced at 90s Bar, chatted at the post-wedding brunch the next day, and the rest is history! We were both pretty smitten right from the start.


How did he/she propose? Did you know it was coming?
 
I (Kara) may be biased, but this is the best proposal story of all time, so the answer to this question can’t be short! I was absolutely shocked that Jon proposed on the day he did. I was thinking it would come three months later on my 30th birthday trip.
 
Jon got me out to Oconee under some false pretenses- that Jackson (our black lab who has been known to escape a time or two) had gone missing after he took him out to run off leash on some land his parents own. When I got out to their land, there was a note on the back of Jon’s car saying, “I lied. Jackson is fine. Follow the luminaries, read the notes along the way, and I’ll meet up with you along the way.” After the initial shock that Jackson was fine, and something awesome was actually happening, I was ecstatic. The sun was setting and he had a path of luminaries through the woods with sweet notes. At the end of the path, he and our two dogs were standing under lights strung through the trees. He gave me three final notes, one from each dog and he got on one knee with the final note from him.  Jon knew it was important to me that we design the ring together, so he proposed with a diamond pendant that his father gave his mother 30 years ago. We both burst into happy tears as I said yes, of course!
 
When did you know that he/she was “the one”?

There are so many different moments, too many to list and explain!
 
How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?

Jon’s family has been using T.K. Anderson for years and we wouldn’t even think about going anywhere else!
 
What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?

We absolutely loved the personalized attention Wes was able to give us in the design process. His use of CAD was so helpful in visualizing the final outcome. Keith’s custom work and attention to detail made all the difference and we could not be happier with the way this one-of-a-kind ring came together.
 
Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?
 

I love the history in this ring. I’m so happy to be able to use a diamond that his father gave his mother and turn it into a ring that is so special for me and Jon. He and I worked together to visualize a perfect engagement ring for me. As always, when I was waffling about which way we should go with the ring, Jon brought clarity and certainty to the decision like no one else can with me.
 
What are you most excited for in your future together?
 
Adventure! We compliment each other so well and we’ve developed such a strong bond over the last 5 years. Our adventures together keep things exciting and our ability to travel well together is such a testament to our relationship. We can’t wait to see how we grow together in marriage!
 


Engagement Profile: Daniel and Jordan February 01 2017

How did the two of you meet? Tell us about your first date.
We met at my (now our church) church, Beech Haven Baptist Church, volunteering in a kids club named AWANA. Our first date was a Delta Gamma Semi-Formal.
How did he/she propose? Did you know it was coming?
I proposed to Jordan out on a dock at Lake Herrick in Athens. I tried to keep it a total surprise and low key. After Jordan finished some homework I told her I wanted to review some questions from a book we went through called 101 Questions Before Getting Engaged. I asked her, are you ready for a trip of a lifetime? On this trip you will need a map, and I gave her a bible I bought her with a note on the inside. Secondly, you’ll need a companion, which was me(Daniel). Thirdly, you need a ticket, which was the key and I then got down on one knee. She said she knew it was going to be soon but she didn’t know then. 
When did you know that he/she was “the one”?
Jordan said she knew after two weeks! It took me a couple months. 
How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?
By referral through a friend, Dennis McDaniel. 
What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?
I loved how low key and peaceful the process was. Wes was down to earth and showed that he really cared. Wes also did an incredible job on design and creating what I wanted, which wasn’t your everyday engagement ring.
Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?
That my fiancé designed it!
What are you most excited for in your future together?
Serving God through our marriage and the adventure that is ahead.

Engagement Profile: Jamey and Betsy May 20 2016

 

How did the two of you meet, and who made the first move?

We actually met through a mutual friend (also featured on your blog), Anna Rodgers. We all went to Fellini’s Pizza while we lived in Atlanta and from there Betsy and I hit it off. I then asked my friend Anna if I could ‘snag’ her number. Since then, almost three years ago, we’ve been together. I made the first move, but we both knew there was something special there.

Who were the first people you told about your engagement?

Family immediately. In fact, Betsy’s mom and brother had known about the plan for months before I proposed. But soon after, we were both calling friends with the good news - an exciting moment to say the least.

How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?

Both our moms recommended it actually. After our first meeting there it was game over. From start to finish, a great experience.

What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?

The hands on approach and the accessibility were crucial. I needed a custom design and I got just that. It was great to see the ring cast and set all throughout the process. Being able to genuinely mold something from scratch with T.K. was exactly what both of us wanted – something special that represented family on a finger.

Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?

It’s gorgeous in every aspect. It symbolizes so much more than just a ring, which is exactly what I wanted. It is an actual perfect engagement ring.

What are you most excited for in your future together?

We’re excited to finally start our marriage together and build a great, and Godly, foundation for our family.


Career Day at J.J. Harris Elementary School May 16 2016

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Wes Anderson, visited J. J. Harris Elementary School to discuss with students how S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is incorporated into everyday procedures at T. K. Anderson Designs. This was a great opportunity for Wes to explain the significance of all five of these factors within the real world while giving back to the community in an inspiring way. Really, when you think about it, each one of these subjects plays an important role here at T. K. Anderson’s design studio. 

Wes started his presentation with Mathematics, and worked his way backwards through S.T.E.A.M. because that’s the order in which they occur at the studio. Mathematics happens to be one of the most important steps within the entire jewelry making process. Measurements and calculations of gold and gem weights must be precisely accurate in order for the jewelry to be executed properly. The letter A stands for Art which is the creative side of things; Art is incorporated into all of our designs from drafting a model to creating it in CAD (computer aided design). The next subject is Engineering which is used in the B9 3D printer and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software. Technology is used every single day at T. K. Anderson Designs from computers and telephones to our new 3D printer which we use to produce prototypes of jewelry models in order for our clients to gain a clear understanding of their piece before finalizing it. Last but not least, Science is incorporated into a lot of what we do here at the studio. We use the periodic table to explain the noble metals and we use this knowledge to create metal alloys when casting.  All five factors that make up S.T.E.A.M. play very important roles in the jewelry making industry.

While Wes wanted to incorporate these subjects into his presentation, the most important thing for him was working with the children and giving back to the community. He was able to discuss what it takes to become a jeweler from art, design, and metalsmith classes to dedication and hard work. One of the subjects that Wes wanted to place significance upon was Art because Art is the side of things where you can really let your imagination run wild. Really diving into this subject, Wes was able to inspire the students to chase after their dreams no matter what.

The Beauty of Platinum March 22 2016

          Every year over two million weddings take place in America, and that means over four million wedding rings are sold! While gold is the most popular metal choice, there are a growing number of women who say they would prefer platinum.
          Platinum was first discovered in trace amounts in gold Egyptian jewelry dating as far back as 1200 B.C. It disappeared and reemerged a few times throughout history before the process to make it malleable for commercial use was discovered in 1803. Louis Cartier was the first person to successfully produce platinum jewelry in the early 1900's. At 60% heavier than gold, platinum is known for its strength and endurance that gives the wearer an extra sense of security when it comes to their stone settings. Though it is heavier, it’s also more malleable which allows the craftsman to create more detailed designs. The best part about platinum is that at 90-95% pure it is also hypoallergenic, so even people with the most sensitive of skin can wear it.
          Even though it is more expensive than gold, many brides say they would have personally paid more to have a platinum engagement ring and wedding band. It takes a high skill level to work with platinum, so you can take comfort knowing you’re paying for excellent craftsmanship and security. Check out this Metal Comparison Chart to see how platinum compares to other metals.

Engagement Profile: Thomas and Emily January 26 2016

 

How did the two of you meet, and who made the first move?

For years, She was just one of my sister’s friends – with cute dimples.  One weekend, the three of us went to Atlanta, GA to attend Passion City Church and Emily and I really seemed to hit it off.  After much silliness, dancing to music, laughter, and stories, I began to realize that we could potentially become friends…or even more.  After my curiosity was sparked, I began traveling to Columbus, GA more often in order for us to cross paths as much as possible. Several months later, I asked her out on our first official date and the rest is history.

Who were the first people you told about your engagement?

Since I planned a surprise engagement party after the proposal, I had previously informed all of her closest friends of my plans to propose to see if they could be in attendance. However, we did stop by to meet her father on his way to work to announce our engagement in person.  Little did she know what was to follow!

How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?

I went to undergrad and graduate school at the University of Georgia and one of my classmates recommended this company to my parents in Columbus, GA.  He had recently proposed to his girlfriend using a ring designed by Wes and I had been toying with the idea of having a custom one made for Emily.

What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?

Wes Anderson was extremely professional and innovative as we communicated about the design of the engagement ring via phone conversations and email.  He completed it in a timely manner at a fair price and in the process gained a lifetime customer.

Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?

I love multiple things about my ring! I love that he got it designed for me specially by an artist, I love that he used my favorite stone, Tanzanite, as the main, center stone, but my absolute favorite thing about the ring is that he was able to capture an elegant simplicity in the ring and I couldn’t be happier.

What are you most excited for in your future together?

Since we have been dating/engaged long distance, we are looking forward to being able to spend more quality time together without having to travel.  She currently lives in my hometown of Columbus, GA while I work and live in Albany, GA.  Finally being able to share a home and a life together will be wonderful.

Engagement Profile: John and Mia December 14 2015

How did the two of you meet, and who made the first move?
John and I met through mutual friends while living in Athens. Years later, John made the first move and asked me out on our first date. We went to the Braves home opener game in April 2014. Now, exactly two years since our first date, we will be getting married. 

Who were the first people you told about your engagement?
The first people we told were our parents. We were on vacation with John's parents, so they found out immediately when we came back from the beach after John proposed. Next, we called my parents and told them. John had asked for my dad's permission the Friday before we left, so they knew it was coming. Everyone was thrilled!
 
What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?
Working with the T.K. Anderson team has been a great experience. I came into the store with an idea of what I wanted to get for Mia. I knew I really liked the art deco style for her and I knew she loved yellow gold. Wes took the time to explain everything in full detail. After being educated on the different aspects of a diamond, I got to hand pick the perfect stone for my bride. Not only that but the team was going to custom design the ring for me. The other great part was their ability to work with me even though I was on a limited time frame. I had the proposal planned but it was only a few months away and I needed a ring. I got updates the entire time the ring was being designed which helped with the anticipation. Wes and the team were able to take all of my ideas and created the most unique and one of a kind engagement ring. I could not be more happy with the final result.
 
Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?
It's impossible to say what I like most about my ring because it is stunning from every angle. I find something new I love about my ring everyday. There is so much detail and I love that the setting is unique. I could not have dreamed of a more perfect engagement ring! I still cannot believe it's mine. Every time I look at it I see John's face and think off all the thought and effort he put into getting it for me. 
 
What are you most excited for in your future together?
They say when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. And that's exactly how we feel. We finally found our soulmate and cannot wait to start our life together. We already have so many blessings to be thankful for but know the future is only going to get better. From finding a home and making it ours, to starting a family of our own, we are ready to take on this journey together.

Engagement Profile: Anna and Jonathan August 28 2015

 

How did the two of you meet, and who made the first 

We actually grew up in the same town, but  never knew each other. When Anna was living in Washington, DC, she came home for a wedding and ended up staying with their mutual friend, Annah Kaye, at Jonathan’s house, and long story short, Jonathan’s dog bit Anna’s face and the rest is history! After the dog bite, Jonathan and Anna couldn’t stop talking, and two moves later, they were living in Athens together and getting engaged.

Who were the first people you told about your engagement?

Everyone. Jonathan set up a surprise engagement party with all our friends and family at the Globe right after he proposed. It was incredible and such a surprise, it was every person I know and love all in one room. It was perfect.

How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?

Several of our friends had their engagement rings handmade and Jonathan knew he wanted a ring made specially made.

 What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?

I actually went to school with Wes, so it was nice having someone I knew working on the ring. It was nice to see how excited and passionate he was about the ring. When you’re investing time and money into something it’s nice to see the person helping is as enthusiastic as you are. He also made it very easy for me. I gave him a general idea of what I wanted and he took it and ran with it.  

Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?

I love everything. It is everything I wanted in an engagement ring, especially because it is so low set. It is flawless, and I am so proud to show it off. I get more compliments on how sparkly and perfect the setting is. One of my clients saw me a few days after I got engaged and said, “did you get engaged this weekend?” and I said, ‘Yes, how did you know?!”and she said, “There’s no way I would’ve missed that beautiful sparkly ring on your finger before.” I think that says it all.

What are you most excited for in your future together?

I can’t wait to go home every day to the funniest, easiest going person I know. Sharing the every day stories is my favorite, and of course laying together and watching Netflex with the dogs. But I can’t wait to share our stories when we are 90 years old about our favorite prune juice, who cheated in card games, and shuffle board adventures together.


Engagement Profile: Ray and Abby July 03 2015

How did the two of you meet and who made the first move?
We met at a mutual friends wedding, and started hanging out almost every day after that! It took quite a while, but Ray finally made the first move a couple months into hanging out and we have been inseparable ever since. 

 

Who were the first people you told about your engagement?

Since we were in another country we could only make FaceTime calls over the wifi at the lodge, so basically any family with an iPhone got the news first! Oh technology! 

How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?

Ray googled custom "jewelry designers in Athens", and you guys popped up! I know it sounds anti-climactic, but I think fate was definitely involved! 

 What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team? 

Ray loved how genuine and down to earth everyone was, and he felt like everyone was just as excited about the process as he was.

 

Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?

Literally everyone we show it to exclaims, "Oh my God it's perfect because it's so 'you' and unique". The fact that the ring isn't just an engagement ring, but the fact that it truly fits my personality and our relationship makes it so incredibly special it's hard to put into words! 

 

What are you most excited for in your future together?

Everything! Honestly, we are so happy and lucky to have each other. We do almost everything together so wedding planning, starting a business, and working on our farm brings us more joy every day! And we are definitely looking forward to designing our custom wedding bands! 

Engagement Profile: Ian & Alex May 08 2015

 

                                  

How did the two of you meet, and who made the first move?

The two of us met when Alex and I were wingmen on our friends’ blind date. Their date went horrible, but Alex and I hit it off right away. We knew immediately that there was a strong sense of chemistry between us, but in spite of that we went our separate ways and did not start dating until a year later. We randomly saw each other again on a UGA game day and it was like we never skipped a beat. We started dating and fell in love.

Who were the first people you told about your engagement?


We were in Hawaii at the time and the time change was so drastic from our home that we woke both of our parents up at 3 am to tell them the news.
 
How did you hear about T.K. Anderson Designs?

Alex and I have been friends with Wes for years, and I knew with his help he would create a ring that Alex would cherish forever. I also knew that having one of her best friends make her ring would mean the world to her. Most importantly make her want to say yes to my marriage proposal.
 
What was your favorite part about working with the T.K. Anderson team?

The T.K. Anderson team always made me feel welcome and truly valued my input. Their creativity and attention to detail was extraordinary. I could tell they loved what they did, and that love shined through in how exquisite Alex’s ring turned out.
 
Bride, what do you like most about your new ring?

I love how it is original and made just for me. I love how it sparkles and shines, and I also love that my Fiancé had input in the design process. One of my favorite things is that my family nickname is inscribed on the inside of the band.
 
What are you most excited for in your future together?

We are excited about getting to spend the rest of our lives with our best friend, and starting a family together.
 


Suits and Sneakers 2014 Donation April 30 2015

We were so excited about our 2014 donation piece for the American Cancer Society's 5th Annual Suits and Sneakers Gala that we forgot to post about it until now! The pendant features an 11.39 carat, checkerboard-cut rhodolite garnet surrounded by a halo of 18 round brilliant diamonds. Cast and fabricated in 14k white and yellow-gold, this pendant is truly a work of art. We are so proud to have raised $10,000 with this extraordinary piece! Check out this article in Southern Jewelry News for more details.


Jeweler's Tip: How Often Should you Clean and Check your Ring? April 15 2015

While many pieces of jewelry are timeless, all jewelry will not last as long as it’s meant to without regular cleaning and checking by a jeweler. Even jewelry that is not necessarily in harm’s way like necklaces and earrings can wear over time. Keith Anderson recommends getting your jewelry, especially rings, cleaned and checked at least every six months. Here are a few his reasons why:

  • Dirty jewelry, even that which does not appear too dirty, likely is unless you clean it regularly. Regular use of hand soaps, sanitizers, lotions, and just the sweat from your hands can build up in the setting of your ring. The friction this causes the prongs and setting itself to wear down more rapidly over time.
  • The wearing down and other damage of prongs leads to compromised settings that could cause a lost stone. If you wear your ring often and do not have it inspected, it is likely that the prongs could be worn on the top and sides, upright at the top from being snagged, or even bent at an incorrect angle from an accidental smack.
  • Even settings like channel and bezel settings have their weak points that are not recognizable without the proper equipment. For example, the walls of a channel or bezel setting can become too thin over time, which exposes and endangers more of the stone.

While these are most pertinent to those who wear their rings quite a bit, some of the same issues can occur with your favorite necklace or pair of earrings. Have you ever snagged a sweater on one of the two, and not thought about the potential damage? It is harder for these items to come by natural wear and tear, but it does happen. This is why Keith recommends you get all of the jewelry you wear regularly, especially your rings, checked and cleaned at least every six months.

 

T.K. Anderson Designs cleans and checks rings for free, so stop by any time!