As engagements traditionally go, jewelry designer Yves Spinelli’s proposal to his partner in life and work, Dwyer Kilcollin, came as a surprise to the bride-to‑be.
Of course, this occasion included an off-script diversion for the groom as well: searching the streets of Tokyo during a work trip in May 2015, after Spinelli temporarily misplaced the custom-made ring—two diamond bands set in white gold and one solid 18-karat yellow-gold band, all linked with rose-gold connectors.
“I woke up in Japan and he was having a heart attack,” recalls Kilcollin of the day the proposal almost didn’t happen. “I followed him around retracing our steps. Five hours later, I said, ‘Please tell me what is it we’re looking for,’ and he says, ‘It was your engagement ring.’”
Shortly after Spinelli’s admission, the ring was found in a client’s office where it had been left during a day of meetings, but the revelations didn’t end with their harrowing engagement adventure.
The talented Los Angeles-based pair, who launched the namesake jewelry brand Spinelli Kilcollin in 2010, also designed each other’s wedding rings. They revealed them to one another during their ceremony—a gorgeous affair held on the lush grounds of Silver Lake’s Paramour Mansion in June 2016. The bride wore a Rodarte gown embellished with metal sequins, with a matching floral headpiece, and Spinelli wore a Saint Laurent suit.
Kilcollin created a solid platinum band with 24-karat gold accents for her groom, while Spinelli’s design for his wife comprises three sparkling linked bands: one white-gold band with white diamonds and two yellow-gold bands pavéd with green and orange diamonds, all joined with white-gold accent rings.
Their journey will soon come full circle in a bridal line set to launch this spring that’s reflective of their established aesthetic: prizing architectural and stackable elements and encompassing varying precious metals.
“I’ve been trying to do this for years and have just been waiting for the right moment,” says Kilcollin of the collection. “It’s finally time.” spinellikilcollin.com. • MELISSA MAGSAYSAY
Edited by Alison Edmond.
PHOTOS: Gaea Woods.