A bit of an a-ha moment
Feeling quite deflated, Manu took it upon himself to design the perfect ring using CAD software, a process that took over 60 hours. And yet after all that effort, he found only a handful of goldsmiths who would take on his design to manufacture.
There was a silver-lining: as he had done all of the design work himself, the goldsmiths would only charge for their time and materials. This allowed for a huge cost saving, which meant he could now afford to have an open bar at the wedding! Manu proposed to Pip in 2010, with the help of 400 metres of fairy lights, a collection of (unsuspecting) friends and some of London’s finest landmarks.
They started a life and a company together
Not long after their wedding, many of their friends started to ‘pop the question’, and an element of competition sprung up amongst them to see who could out-do Manu’s elaborate, bespoke design.
Fun and games turned into a solid business idea as their collaborations became real engagement rings, computer designed by Manu using advanced CAD software but expertly handmade by traditional jewellers. A few months and several wedding receptions later Manu and Pip officially launched Hot Pink, the bespoke ring company that Manu would eventually take to the BBC’s Dragons’ Den (business seeding competition similar to Shark Tank in the USA)
Although the Dragons did not invest in Hot Pink, the company continued to grow, and as it did, Manu and Pip discovered they were not alone in their desire to create a bespoke ring that would be as unique as their love, and not break the bank. The rest is Durham Rose history, CAD designed one love-story at a time.