DAYS fave Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe) recently got engaged to beau, Grant Turnbull. Here, Lucy Kilislian of Candy Ice Jewelry (www.candyicejewelry.com) shares the scoop about designing the ring and the big proposal.
Once Turnbull planned to pop the question in Ireland while he and Bjorlin were traveling to celebrate her birthday on August 2, he approached Kilislian about creating the perfect ring. “Grant was looking for a classical design with an air of distinction, so I designed three options for him to choose from,” Kilislian recalls. “He chose the design with a ‘crossover’ shank because it is rife with symbolism, with the cross representing how they met. It was on Valentine’s night when Grant was supposed to be in New York, but his flight was canceled due to a storm. He ended up going to a friend’s house for dinner where Nadia was. ‘So many things were supposed to happen, but our paths crossed and we ended up meeting anyway, so this ring is perfect for us,’ he said to me when he chose it”.
Kilislian then searched for the right center stone. “I had to find the right diamond and design a ring that I knew she would love,” she says. “It was vital that the setting, cut of the center diamond and the quality were in line with Nadia’s personality. Bejeweling her for red carpets over the years gave me insight into her personal style and fabulous taste in jewelry.”
The ring, which took three weeks to complete, “is hand-set in white gold with a radiant cut and polished diamond in the center, and surrounded with round, brilliant diamonds to add more sparkle and glamour,” explains the designer. “It is classic but with a modern twist. Both graceful and elegant, it will never go out of style.”
Creating it was indeed a labor of love for Kilislian. “The ring is special for me because of its symbolic meaning. It is fulfilling to me to be a part of their special day and because I know how much it means to them. Nadia and Grant were made for each other. It was love at first sight and it has been a fairy tale ever since.”
Turnbull was sure to make the proposal memorable. “Grant took Nadia to the north coast of Ireland to a very ancient site called The Giant’s Causeway,” Kilislian shares. “He surprised her by proposing at the end by the water. He later told me that he kept the ring in the little pocket in his jeans and it only occurred to him afterward that he could have ‘fumbled it in the water’ when he asked Nadia to close her eyes before presenting it to her. He is counting his blessings.”
Kilislian is now tasked with a new project for the duo. “I am working on the wedding bands for their special day, which I will be attending,” she smiles.