Weather Warning : Ice Storm arrives in DC! This bling-credible photo comes from our friends at I Gorman Jewelers in Washington DC who have just received all these beautiful new MaeVona styles…one of our Facebook fans said she had ‘frostbite’ just from admiring them! It also started to snow here in NYC right as we posted this…so we better be careful what we wish for!!
Head on down to I Gorman’s gorgeous store and check these rings out in person today. They also carry a beautiful selection of fine European Art jewelry from many unique makers that you don’t find anywhere else in the USA.
Ring finger (top down) – INVERARAY, GAIRSAY, TORSA, BRESSAY; middle finger (top down) – ORONSAY, OBAN, DUNOON, WESTRAY, ARDROSSAN; index finger (top down) – TOBERMORY, IRIS, FAIR ISLE, TEXA, FERN and VAILA.
We just love fancy shape diamonds here at MaeVona. The challenge of setting them elegantly into a practical ring that will stand the test of time is one we relish! Fancy shape accent diamonds can add so much to an engagement ring, and we particularly love to use them to frame a traditionally shaped center stone. Our beautiful EDAY enagement ring pictured here is a great example, as is GLASGOW (see below) – both feature pear shape, marquise or half moon diamonds to complement and balance the center stone.
Look closely! These are such beautiful diamond rings. Check out how the Celtic-inspired metalwork flows around and accentuates each stone. These engagement rings are truly works of art. Now – assuming you can choose your favorite MaeVona ring, the next question is – which metal do you go with?! Rose gold or white gold, or Platinum? Each color looks so different, we just can’t choose. One of each maybe?!
Can’t quite put my finger on what I love most about emerald cut diamonds…the cut is so modern but also so timeless. There is just something so elegant and beautiful about them. The way the light catches the elongated facets…sigh! They definitely have the X-factor. At MaeVona we have always loved doing something different with this special diamond cut. The Celtic-inspired details in our INVERARAY and WESTRAY engagement rings are just the right balance of delicacy and detail to frame emerald cuts. We love the way they look in all Platinum or white gold, but the rose gold is absolutely breathtaking. The Scottish styling in the woven shank of the INVERARAY (left and right) or the classic swan-neck profile of the WESTRAY (center) has to be seen in person – these Celtic engagement rings are simply so pretty, timeless and completely unique.
If you love unusual engagement rings, also check out our EORSA/EMERALD or our KERRERA styles, for something classic with a twist.
TEXA engagement ring by MaeVona, as seen by Independent Jewellers
Y’know, our customers are so blooming creative! We just make the jewels around here, our fans are the ones who bring them to life.
We love to see our customers’ posts featuring our pieces. A wonderful saying you hear in Scotland is “oh, to see ourselves as others see us”… it’s a great description of what we often don’t see – our world through someone else’s eyes.
Here are a few examples, from our friends at Colonial Jewelers in Maryland, and from one of our customers on Instagram who often posts great fun ring selfies. We often worry about how to photograph our rings to do them justice, as they always look so much better in real life…but these images are not only fun and fresh, they are Art, don’t you agree?!
If you like these and want to see more, check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we post them as we get them.
Keep them coming everyone, we love it! xox
ERISKAY engagement ring by MaeVona, as seen by @beerpirate on Instagram
SANDAY wedding ring set by MaeVona, as seen by Colonial Jewelers
PAISLEY engagement ring and NOSS wedding band by MaeVona, as seen by Colonial Jewelers
EORSA engagement ring by MaeVona, as seen by Harold Stevens Jewelers
Calling all MaeVona lovebirds!
Did you get engaged with a MaeVona ring? Have a proposal photo or pic of your ring? Share it with us for a chance to win this beautiful silver and diamond MaeVona pendant!
Just tag your photo #maevonalovebirds and post it on our Facebook wall, your Instagram or Twitter.
From all entries posted on or before July 31, the lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on August 1st.
So don’t delay and enter today, using hashtag #maevonalovebirds. We can’t wait to see what you post!
Our first entry is from Mr and (future) Mrs. Osterberg from Minneapolis, MN, sharing their big proposal in Paris outside the legendary Notre Dame cathedral, along with their gorgeous ERISKAY engagement ring in front of the Eiffel tower. Congratulations guys! We love these photos and you are automatically entered into the #maevonalovebirds competition!
MaeVona LAURISTON/SQ silver and diamond pendant
Welcome to our dark side! This beautiful new ad just came out in the May issue of INSTORE magazine. We decided to go with this dark, glamorous black background to make our rose gold, diamonds and Platinum really pop. What do you think?
Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of what goes into making just this one image…
MaeVona engagement rings
Step one – choose rings that go together stylistically. We chose a mixture of our Celtic-inspired brand new and classic styles, from back to front: OBAN (so new it is not on the website yet!), SKYE/pave, NOSS/pave (also brand new!), RONA/pave and VALLAY. What we love about this mix of styles is how fresh it looks, showing how truly classic our designs are – the perfect balance of modern, unique and timeless. True MaeVona!
Step two – Shoot the rings about a billion times over with an AMAZINGLY talented photographer! Each ring needs shot alone, and next to its neighbors, to ensure that each comes in perfect focus with zero blur. All of these shots are later layered together to give the final layout.
Step three – Maeve designs and draws by hand an original Celtic artwork. This also refers to ancient Celtic art, but is a fresh and modern interpretation. This is then ‘inverted’ from black on white, to white on black, and dropped into the background behind the rings and their shadows, creating a striking unique visual depth and reference to our Celtic heritage.
Do you love this as much as we do?! It takes a lot of work to shoot on black – as you know, most MaeVona rings are shot on white – but we think it is jaw-dropping and worth the effort! Let us know what you think xox
MaeVona engagement rings getting ready for their close up!
Celtic artwork by Maeve Gillies for MaeVona
MaeVona engagement rings at the photoshoot
MaeVona, UK Watch & Jewellery Awards Finalist!
We are breaking open the (well-stocked) MaeVona Scotch whisky cabinet today, to toast some very exciting news!….
We’re delighted to announce we are a Finalist for Bridal Collection of the Year in the Retail Jeweller UK Watch & Jewellery Awards. These prestigious Awards celebrate the cream of the UK Jewellery Industry, and the winners are announced at a beautiful ceremony in London, July 2. We can’t wait to celebrate with our co-Finalists, all of whom represent excellence, innovation and quality – three qualities we demand in every MaeVona design. Those of you who know your MaeVona heritage will recall that we launched in 2005 specifically as a Bridal Jewelry company – so excellence in Bridal is the true beating heart of our business, and the inspiration behind everything our founder Maeve Gillies creates.
This amazing honor comes at the perfect moment for MaeVona, as we have been overwhelmed by demand for our designs in the UK since 2013. To meet this demand we are exhibiting at IJL (International Jewellery London) for the first time in August – and are focused on growing our authorized UK retailer list in key locations, to make MaeVona as accessible to our UK fans as possible.
Our very first Scottish retailer, Daniel Henderson Jewellers in Edinburgh, summarizes the MaeVona effect:
“We have carried MaeVona since we first opened our doors in 2012. With absolute certainty no other engagement ring collection has brought out as many “ooohs” and “aaahhs” as the MaeVona collection. What we find our customers truly love about Maeve’s designs are the soft flowing curves, the intricate details, the subtle references to the Celtic inspiration, but mostly their uniqueness. MaeVona’s beautiful designs are unlike anything we have come across. We have made deliveries across the UK and Europe, and as far afield as Shanghai. We even had a couple fly in from Geneva especially to view the collection. We are thrilled to be part of the MaeVona family”
To all our amazing fans in England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland…we love you, and here we come! xox
Maeve Gillies, MaeVona founder and designer
Sharon Keefe’s WESTRAY engagement ring by MaeVona
It’s not everyday we hear from our customers that they have been proposed to with a MaeVona engagement ring named after their future husband!
Sharon Keefe in the UK shared her amazing proposal story with us on our Facebook today:
“My fiance Ian Westray drove me to Edinburgh (Scotland) – about 150 miles away after being on nightshift – to buy my WESTRAY ring. We went to (Daniel Henderson Jewellers) the only shop in the UK that sells MaeVona…my fiance wanted me to have the ring that is the same as his surname. Can’t wait to get the matching band!”
Sharon – we think this is just about as romantic and special a proposal as a lucky girl can get. We love your MaeVona engagement ring, your story and your name of course!
Now you must (if you did not already!) take a trip to the beautiful Scottish island of Westray itself…and let us know if there is a connection to your future husband’s lineage.
Congratulations again from everyone at MaeVona! We love that there is such meaning to your engagement ring and its Celtic history.
WESTRAY, Orkney, Scotland
WESTRAY engagement rings by MaeVona
GAIRSAY engagement ring by MaeVona
Thanks to MaeVona customer Becca Ann for sharing her beautiful GAIRSAY engagement ring from our Scottish Islands Collection on our Facebook this morning, featuring her fiance’s heirloom center diamond with kite shape side stones.
There is so much to admire about Becca Ann’s ring – it is pretty, modern, delicate, floral and sentimental – so much love and beauty in one ring.
That’s why we adore creating MaeVona unique engagement rings – no two are the same, and each one means so much to the couple who choose it. Every engagement ring becomes a piece of family history, whose story grows every day you wear it. It goes everywhere you go, it sees everything you see, it documents your life and family together, it represents your relationship and love for each other.
Something so small comes to mean so much, and we are honored to play a part in our customers’ life stories.
Check out our newest Bridal Collections in our Bridal Lookbook today – which design speaks to you most about your past, present and future? Let us know! xox
There is nothing better than receiving happy testimonials from delighted customers who have fallen in love with what we do.
This week we received a beautiful note from customer Shelby, along with this stunning photo of her custom JURA engagement ring set with a gorgeous heart-shaped diamond. Shelby had visited the spectacular island of Jura in Scotland due to her family heritage, and owning her MaeVona JURA engagement ring is her constant reminder of what is important and dear to her. Thanks for sharing Shelby, we love this story!…
Custom JURA engagement ring with heart shaped center by MaeVona
“Our family visits to the Inner Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura captivated our souls. This MaeVona ring captures my heart. Whether you love Scottish Islands, Flowers, or Cities, there is a unique selection just for you. I was looking for a “Celtic Style” ring. With MaeVona, I found Scotland.
Your jewelry is incredible. It’s not just Celtic-inspired: It is Scottish. Your designs are tradition and history wrapped in Scottish beauty. I’m CERTAIN there’s something for everyone who loves anything Scottish. My family is Scottish (father’s side: Sutherland) and that’s why I was looking for a jewelry style that reflected our heritage. Thank you for your brilliance and creativity. I love the new fashion jewelry collection and hope to own a piece or two in the future.”
Sincerely, Shelby Sutherland-Aultman
We’re sure this wonderful personal story will resonate with many of you. Do you love your MaeVona engagement ring due to your Celtic heritage? Did you customize your MaeVona to fit a unique center shape? Send us a note, post on our Facebook or Instagram, or Tweet at us saying why you love your MaeVona ring and what made you choose that particular style. It is a privelege and honor to make something so sentimental that it touches your life and stays with you every day xox
Island of JURA, Scotland
JURA engagement rings by MaeVona