In August 2017, I attended a "conference" in North Caroline -- or at least that is what I told Jessica. In fact, I was spending four days at Facet Foundry Jewelry Studio in Gastonia learning to make the ring I had been designing for the past few months! I even made a fake conference flyer in case Jessi got suspicious!
I decided that I wanted to design and well as make Jessi's ring. We are both in love with MIT, and want to wear our brass rats for the rest of our lives. The problem is that the brass rat is a little bulky for the type of jewelry Jessi wears. So, I actually melted down her gold brass rat to make her engagement ring. This way, she can wear it at all times.
I had pictures of her jewelry, sketched a ton of designs, and even sat outside Pavement Coffeehouse in Boston to get feedback from people in exchange for buying them coffee. Ben Messer from Facet Foundry then CADded my design, and after a few iterations, I booked a flight.
I was probably the most annoying customer Facet Foundry has ever had. But I walked in with my GoPro and digital camera, my gold, and 72 hours to spend in their shop making this thing from scratch.
You can see the full proposal video on the proposal page.