In a few months, my wife and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. For her engagement ring, I had purchased a 1st century Roman carnelian gem with an intaglio of a song bird. The gem was then set in a custom made and period-correct gold signet ring. I presented the ring to her and “popped the question” during a stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We were in front of the Temple of Dendur, a reconstructed Egyptian temple surrounded by a reflecting pool and located in a magnificent glass atrium. We still consider that part of the Museum “ours”. And the engraved little song bird…it became our ‘logo’ of sorts, appearing on the wedding invitations and our stationary.

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  1. What a sweet story-and lovely image! Congratulations!!

  2. Great story, Theo! And a lovely, sweet drawing to go with. How did you get that neat shaded circle? Did you erase the edges after roughing it in?

    • The shaded circle was just loosely cross-hatched as I worked from the center of the drawing out. It is a pen and ink drawing so there was no erasing. Thanks.

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