Nick Engel & Co.

Fine Jewelry & Custom Design

Fine Jewelry Design, Restoration & Repair. Based in San Francisco, offering handmade custom jewelry for weddings and special occasions. 

Our custom designs combine your personality with our artistry to create something beautiful and unique to treasure for a lifetime. 

If you can dream it, Nick can craft it.

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Kate & Spencer

Kate and Spencer met while attending undergrad at UC Santa Cruz together. They lived next door to each other and became great friends. They began dating towards the end of their time at UCSC. Spencer grew up in San Francisco, so after graduating from Santa Cruz, Kate and Spencer packed up and moved to a little apartment in the Haight. Kate quickly fell in love with San Francisco and they spent the next seven years going to Giants games, camping, and making a life together in San Francisco.

When thinking about an engagement ring they realized they both wanted something unique and vintage. Kate had an old ring of her grandmothers. It was large and gaudy, but had a beautiful dark purple amethyst. They set out to find a jeweler to help them create a custom ring that would be perfect for Kate, but that also utilized the significance of her family heirloom.

Spencer and Kate were referred to Nick Engel & Co by a friend. Nick was able to help them create a beautiful, repurposed ring, using not only the gemstone, but also gold from the original ring.  "Nick did a great job working to create the perfect engagement ring. He was able to take the amethyst, recut it, and reuse the gold to turn it into a classic looking ring with the main stone surrounded by diamonds. I was a very unsure customer, as I have no experience in women's jewelry, and Nick was super helpful during every step, providing advice to help me find the right design," shared Spencer.

Nick worked with Spencer through various revisions of the ring design in order to get it just right, "Nick was very patient and willing to help throughout the whole process. When he finished the ring it was exactly what we had envisioned: with vintage touches, and beautiful yet simple." 

Spencer and Kate had season tickets to the Giants from 2010 to 2012 and their passion for San Francisco sports has been a big part of their relationship, so Spencer decided that a Giants game would be the perfect place to propose. He waited until the annual fireworks game and proposed as the fireworks went off along McCovey Cove... and Kate said yes!

"Nick did a great job. I couldn't be happier with the ring, and Kate completely agrees!"

Spencer and Kate were torn between getting married in their beloved San Francisco or Mexico, where they had spent a few summers visiting around Puerto Vallarta, and had really enjoyed the small town of San Pancho. So they decided to do both! They had a civil ceremony at City Hall and then took off to Mexico where they had a beautiful wedding on the beach surrounded by their family and friends.

Jen & Erik

Wedding photos by: Rachael Russo of Rachael Nicole Photography

How they met

Jennifer Busacca, of Marin County, California and Erik Harte, originally from St. Petersburg, Florida met through Jen’s childhood best friend and matchmaker, Cheryl Chretien.

One evening, Cheryl invited a small group of her friends out for drinks, including Erik and Jen. After realizing their mutual affinity for the same kind of Girl Scout Cookies (Samoas), Erik wouldn't leave without Jen’s number, which he quickly used to ask for a second date.

Falling in Love (and picking a ring)

"Everything seemed to come together so naturally, and I could be my true self. I remember specifically walking back from a show at the Independent early into dating, he would bring me to the inside of the sidewalk to make sure that I was safe. It was the little things that made me feel loved," said Jen when asked how she knew Erik was the one.

"It took me awhile, because I was guarded. How could this unbelievable woman care as much about me as I did about her? But being around each other was so easy, so natural. Then one day I told her I loved her, and she replied that she had felt that way for some time about me. I knew she was the one." replied Erik.

Two and a half years into dating Erik was ready to propose, he knew he needed a ring, and that's where Nick Engel & Co comes in.

Quite fittingly, Erik met Nick at a wedding! It was Jen's sister's wedding, and Nick joked with Erik: "He said that when it was my turn, to give him a call. I took him up on the offer. I knew nothing about how rings are made, diamonds chosen, pricing, anything. But Nick walked me through everything, patiently educating me on each step and it turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable experience."

The Proposal

Ring in hand, Erik proposed to Jen in Napa the day before his 30th birthday. "We were planning a big gathering in Napa for Erik's 30th and rented an estate for 35 of our closest friends for a couple of nights. Erik and I decided to drive up a day early to get the house situated and to have some time alone before everyone showed up." said Jen.

The day they decided to leave, the biggest storm of the year rolled through. They almost came close to canceling the trip due to the potentially dangerous drive, but decided to roll with it. "Erik and I arrived later in the evening and it was pouring rain and thunder. We unloaded the car and bags and once we got settled, the power went out!"

Thankfully there were some lanterns, candles, and a fireplace to set the mood. They opened a bottle of wine to shake off the crazy adventure, and Jen decided it was the perfect moment to give Erik his birthday present. After he opened the gift, he said that he had something for her too. He reached into his backpack for the ring, got on one knee and asked Jen to marry him.

"I said yes! The ring was EXACTLY what I dreamed my engagement ring would look like. It's absolutely beautiful! It's a classic style with a round diamond in the middle, with two baguettes on the side set in platinum. I saw this style of ring when I was out shopping, and told my friend Cheryl that if Erik ever asks, this is the type of ring I would want. It turned out better than I could've imagined, stunning!"

Erik and Jen wanted to call their friends and family to tell them the good news, but there was no service due to the storm! Instead, they surprised everyone when they each arrived at the ranch the next day. It was quite the celebratory weekend!

The Wedding and Happily Ever After

After their engagement, Jen and Erik both asked Nick to design their wedding bands too, "It was an easy, enjoyable, fun experience - this time getting to design the rings together!" said Jen.

Their wedding was held at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, FL, where Erik was born and raised. "The ceremony was so beautiful and emotional; to realize that not only are you marrying your best friend, but all of your closest friends and family are there to share that moment with you. It really felt like we were encapsulated in our own world as we were exchanging vows; simply perfect." recalled Jen.

"Now that the wedding has passed, it's so fun to look back on our journey, and to look forward to what's to come...it's wonderful to know that you have always have a partner to support you. Every day is a blessing!"