A client of mine did the balloon thing about 10 years ago, and had
two of his 5 children stand with shotguns, or rifles in waiting, just
in case. He was asking his wife to marry him again, and had me make
an extremely elaborate, and exacting ring set for her, and himself as
This guy is an electronics engineer, and inventor, like hundreds of
others here in Kokomo (Delphi Electronics), and those guys can be
somewhat unique at times. Every angle, every single measurement
meant something to he & his wife in their relationship with each
other, and with God. He was so specific that every jeweler so far had
turned him down.
Anyway, his ballon didn’t get away, and, a few years back, his
eldest son did the same balloon trick with equal success.
In the years since, my client has either destroyed, or lost, all
pieces from the set, and had me remake them with changes in angles,
measurements, and stones representing changes in family, dates,
numbers, etc… Each time he comes in, he has beautifully done
sketches in colored pencil, with all the measurements graphed out, as
well as stone placements.
He’s a great guy, but kinda on the bizarre side.