It’s no surprise why our engagement ring posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter go wild. Y’all are crazy about shine and sparkle and who could blame you? One of my favorite parts of running this site is seeing all the incredibly stunning and unique engagement rings that pass by me. We started an engagement ring finder to showcase some of them and will be highlighting our favorite jewelers and designers as well.
Kicking this designer spotlight series off, we spoke with Tim Andre, of Emma Parker & Co. Tim has helped so many couples find gorgeous engagement rings and has even designed a $98,000 ring (over the internet!). He’s a proud husband and dad, talented jeweler, and has a bit of wit that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Get to know Tim in our Q&A below!
Q: How long have you been in the jewelry industry?
A: I have had the joy of being in the diamond and jewelry industry for just under 10 years now.
Q: How did you first get in to the industry?
A: Oddly enough, through a softball game, when my teammate looked at me and asked, “So, what do you know about diamonds?” That was the beginning of my journey into jewelry.
Q: What is your “claim to fame”?
A: Within the context of the jewelry field, it would have to be making a $98,000 custom ring for a customer which they purchased sight unseen over the internet.
Outside the industry, my mom’s crepe recipe, which was passed down to me, and which our whole family still loves to eat at the center of our family gatherings.
Q: What’s your favorite piece you’ve made or sold?
A: This is a difficult one for me because I get very attached to every piece that we make, but I would have to say that it was a custom designed ring that we took from a simple computer drawing that our customer gave us, and with our designer, turned into a stunning ring, using a cutting edge style of a hidden setting to make the ring look like tension ring, even though the design of the metal was too thin to withstand the pressure of a tension setting. That would definitely be my favorite piece.
Q. Are you married or engaged? If so, tell us about your proposal!
A: I am married very happily for 13 years, and my amazing wife said yes to me at the bottom of a 60 foot rock crevice while rock scrambling at the Monhonk Estate in New York, on October 5th, 1999.
Q. What type of engagement ring would you wear?
A: I don’t wear an engagement ring, but for a wedding band, I wear a simple titanium ring just because I have a bad tendency to damage my jewelry. If it were my choice, I prefer more medieval/gothic style designs.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Working with couples who have a small budget, and turning out a beautiful ring on budget for them. Nothing more rewarding that that.
Q: What inspires you to do what you do?
I have a deep love for gemstones … diamonds in particular, but all gemstones. Their glow, brilliance, and color inspires me, and when I see the beauty they have it captures my imagination. Taking their beauty and creating a symbol of love for someone to share with the most important person in their life; that is the source of my inspiration.
Q: Aside from the jewelry world, what 3 things fulfill your life?
1. Being a husband
2. Being a father
3. Serving in youth ministry
Q: If you could make a ring for any celebrity, who would it be and why?
A: The New York Giants Football Team or the New York Mets Baseball Team. I have always wanted to make a Super Bowl or World Series Ring.