Talking Ring

Working with a jeweller and the vinyl record manufacturer Dubstudios, I created this engagement ring for my partner Shelina. The ring has a 20 second recorded message (my proposal) etched onto it's surface and can be played back with a miniature record player.

"Shelina, I'll love you forever. Marry Me!...Shelina, I'll love you forever. Marry Me!...."

100 lbf/in² of pressure was required to cut the silver ring, using a vibrating diamond stylus. The ring is also a homage to Thomas Edison who made the first sound recording machine - the phonograph in 1877.

Using the ring, Luke proposed to his partner Shelina in a hot air balloon over Bristol in 2005.

The story made The Times newspaper and the BBC News as well as various feminist websites across the world.

After making this engagement ring Luke then created a Portrait Projecting Ring for the wedding.