Arts & Leisure

Rings inspired by designer’s own wedding

Posted on May 01, 2017

DESIGNER Francis Libiran had just gotten married to his partner businessman Christian Mark Jacobs in Boracay in March (a second wedding, “to legalize everything,” as Mr. Libiran said, is in the works for next year). With a collection of wedding and engagement rings which he launched with J’s Diamond, it’s as if he wants to share the joys of his marriage.

J’s Diamond is a jewelry company founded in the 1990s in Hong Kong, which has been in the Philippines just about five years.

Mr. Libiran’s rings were launched during a fashion show in Discovery Primea on April 27. They were modeled along with dresses from his ready-to-wear bridal line.

There are 11 rings in the collection, kicking of with Marian, a pair of wedding bands in white gold, with one encrusted with tiny, seed-like diamonds all around. The Olivia is in yellow gold, with the ring’s rim also paved with small diamonds. The Isabelle pairs a plain gold band with another paved diamond ring, and the Amelia follows the same, except it is in white gold, with a double row of diamonds.

The Beatrice mixed white and yellow gold together, with two gold bands surrounding a double band of white gold, while the Lena is paired with a white gold ring with two diamonds, while the other ring is paved with diamonds. The Amanda is a double ring of white and rose gold, and is paved with a double row of diamonds.

As for the engagement rings, the Leah is a round diamond solitaire with a tapered band paved with small diamonds, while the Brianna is a bit more simple, taking away the diamonds from the tapered white-gold band. The Judith has a large center stone surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds, and the Angela follows the tapered line of the first few rings, also encrusted with diamonds on the band, but with bigger, more even stones.

Kenneth Mau, president and CEO of J’s Diamond, noted that diamonds are still the stone of choice for weddings, despite the increasing popularity of colored stones in engagement and wedding rings.

“If you want to have value, it’s still diamonds,” he said.

The young brand, with locations in Lucky Chinatown, SM City Dasmariñas, and SM Southmall, plans to carve a niche for itself in the already familiar wedding market in the country by basing its designs on Japanese and Korean modern, minimalist influences.

Meanwhile, Mr. Libiran, after his show, showed off his two most prized rings: a Cartier ring with which his partner proposed, and his wedding ring, which Mr. Libiran designed himself.

The fashion designer, known for his evening and wedding dresses, talked about the line of wedding rings he designed. He said that when a person owns one of his rings (presumably after receiving one as part of a wedding proposal), he wants the ring to be, “Something you keep forever, and you get to appreciate it everytime you see it,” which we’d like to think is how you think of your spouse.

When asked how he wants a person to feel when presented with a ring he said, laughing, “I guess, the same feeling I got when I got my ring!”

“For me, I would look at my ring every day; every morning. It’s something special for me; it’s a reminder of that special day. In designing the collection, I put into consideration that you need to appreciate it on a daily basis.” -- Joseph L. Garcia