A crown-ring fit for his queen

SPECIAL: The jeweller took a year to craft the ring Mr Jeff Lee used to propose to Ms Marie Tan. - PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR, COURTESY OF KANE CUNICO


Mr Jeff Lee, 33, admits that when some people saw his engagement ring, the comment was: "So weird."

The white gold 0.87 carat diamond ring looks like a Baratheon crown from the Game of Thrones series.

"Most people like rings with soft curves, but ours follows the antlers of the Baratheon crown with all its sharp angles," says Mr Lee, who works in a bank.

Rather than surprise his wife, Ms Marie Tan, a 29-year old account manager, he decided to go the "democratic" route and involve her in the ring-crafting process.

"Both of us are hardcore fans of the books and shows. The story of treachery and loyalty resonates with me," he says.

In particular, the Baratheon house motto "Ours is the fury" reminds the couple to live passionately.

The ring was designed by JannPaul Diamonds and took over a year to craft to the couple's liking.

"I wanted it to be something she will like forever and remember for life," Mr Lee says. "After all, we propose only once in our life."

The couple even had a test ring created and Ms Tan tried it out.

Mr Lee explains: "If she carries heavy things, the ring may cut into her finger with its sharp angles. We had to design the curves carefully so it would be comfortable."

JannPaul Diamonds has also customised rings which take inspiration from Transformers, Star Trek and Avengers movies.

The customisation process involves creating a computerised 3D rendering of the ring and a wax mold before the actual crafting begins.

The Game of Thrones-inspired ring cost around $13,000 in all. Mr Lee used the ring to propose in 2012, after they had been together for eight years.

"I wanted it to be really special," says Mr Lee. "The crown stands out the most on her finger and it is indeed fit for a queen."