Behind the Design: Ross & Ajia
In true modern fairytale romance style, Ajia and Ross met nine years ago on Tinder. They swiped right and the rest is history.
Despite initial concerns of a potential catfish scenario, the pair spent the evening of their first date eating Italian food followed by sitting in Ross’ car talking and listening to music into the early hours of the morning. The two grew from strength to strength and back in 2020, Ross surprised Ajia with a trip to Niagara Falls and proposed in front of the breathtaking natural wonder.
“Ajia had given me some hints about the style of ring she would want” explains Ross, “so I knew she liked the twisted band look and three-stone setting.”
Ross proposed with a customised 18ct white gold Destiny trilogy engagement ring featuring a 1.05ct Canadamark cushion cut centre diamond. The centre stone is elegantly flanked by two round accent diamonds set on a gracefully twisted diamond pavé band.
I was able to work with one of Taylor & Hart’s designers to create the perfect custom ring.
The engraving on the inside of the band says “Where do we go from here?” and was the first message Ross sent to Ajia on Tinder–”No, it was not my standard pick up line lol” Ross wittily remarks.
“My favorite part of my engagement ring is hands down the engraved message. To see our first Tinder message come full circle and be incorporated in our engagement and wedding is so sweet and sentimental. Being able to look at this ring and message everyday for the rest of my life just makes my heart so happy.” – Ajia
An engraved inscription on the inside of the band is such a subtle yet special way to customise your ring design and make it your own.
The Canadamark diamond was also an incredibly important element for Ross. He wanted to ensure he received a Canadamark diamond having learned about their reliability and reputation as ethically-sourced diamonds.
Fast forward two years and the pair tied the knot in September 2022 at Historic Ashland, surrounded by the love of their friends and family. “We drank and danced the night away–it was truly the best day of our lives” gushes Ajia.
The couple recently spoke with Susquehanna Style and us about their wedding and how Ajia chose her wedding ring. Ajia opted for a Lotus design which features a twisted diamond pavé band symbolic of two souls connected together. Set in 18ct white gold, the Lotus ring features a strand of white diamond pavé that wraps all the way around the band for added sparkle that sits flush and perfectly matches the style of her engagement ring band.
Honestly, I was so in love with the engagement ring that Ross designed that as soon as I saw there was a matching wedding band, I didn’t look any further.
We wish Ross & Ajia a lifetime of adventures and milestone moments to come. If you’re feeling inspired by Ajia’s customised ring designs, reach out to bring your love story to life. Your love isn’t ordinary. Why should your engagement ring be?
Photography by Keri Shean & Richele Renea