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An Absolute Dream
By Efliiszcah on 5/25/2015
I have been an MC2 fan since I was a little girl (my mother worked with Walter on multiple pieces and I watched the meetings with awe and admiration), so when it came time for a series of nuptial rings, starting with an engagement ring and then wedding bands, there was no contest who would make them. My fiancĂ© was as enamored with MC2, their pieces, processes, and personalities, as I was. My flora engagement ring is utterly perfect, it never ceases to get compliments from strangers everywhere I go. People constantly mention how unique and special the ring looks, and how the craftsmanship is discernible in its design. John was the most helpful and communicative liaison, and even took us around Great Barrington to the workshop to witness pieces being made, and to see the new (beautiful) store. And as expected, our wedding bands came out brilliantly. We couldn't be happier that John, Walter, and MC2 played such a large role in this special time in our lives.
This place is absolute perfection!
By ClaireC3519 on 10/3/2013
My fiance proposed with a Mc2 bloomed gold Flora ring and it made the most thrilling of occasions infinitely more exciting. I'd never seen anything like it - classic, yet completely original and absolutely gorgeous. It's perfect. Walter has been incredibly helpful and kind throughout the sizing and ordering of our wedding bands. Everything at Mc2 is done with such care and generosity. This is what she wants. Trust me.
My dream ring
By starning on 9/23/2013
The first McTeigue and McClelland ring that I ever saw belonged to my best friend. I was enthralled as I'd never seen anything like it. Years later my boyfriend asked her for help picking out my ring and he surprised me with the Bella Flora ring. It's been a couple of months and everyday I love the ring even more. It's such a unique piece and absolutely perfect in every way. On top of loving my ring, Walter McTeigue has been so great. When I said that I was reluctant to part with the ring for a week to get it resized, he invited us to Great Barrington to their studio so that they could resize the ring while we waited. The visit was so lovely and really part of the amazing experience of owning a ring designed by these great people.
By LuigiVampa on 8/23/2013
The best. After searching ~8 months for a once in a lifetime jewelry purchase, I discovered Mc2. Samantha Larson and Mc2 delivered the best gem, the best ring/setting, the best execution, and the best service. The gem was a rare and difficult to locate hue. I viewed 100+ stones. Mc2 found a clear winner. It was the best hue, good saturation, unheated, and a good cut. Mc2 also introduced me to interesting stones that I would love to purchase in the future. The ring and setting were an unusual design. I searched through many jewelry books and spent 100s of hours viewing online images. But I didnâ€™t find anything like the Mc2 design. I especially like how the ring, setting, and prongs are integrated with the stone. In some ring designs the wiring from the basket holding the stone is unsightly. The Mc2 design obviated this flaw. Samantha provided exceptional service. She continually responded to my seemingly endless inquiries long after I expected her to tire of them. Now I have a body of knowledge to employ in future purchases as well as a reliable jeweler. Moreover, Samantha translated the exacting requests described in my non-professional terms to lexicon understood by the fabricators so that the custom design I wanted was how I hoped. Mc2 earned my highest recommendation: I encourage anyone to consider them.
By Claven72 on 8/5/2013
I bought my wifes engagement ring from MC2 close to 4 years ago, and I have to say it's still the best purchase I've ever made. The ring is as beautiful now as it was when I bought it, and my wife still smiles everytime she looks at it. Walter was extremely easy to work with, and at no point in time did I ever feel pressure to buy something that I wasn't 100% sure about. Initially my plan was to buy a diamond elsewhere (possibly blue nile or the diamond district), and just get the setting from MC2. They were very patient and helpful with regards to my diamond search, even offering to review the stats for me to ensure I didn't miss anything. In the end I bought both the diamond and setting from MC2, and I'm happy it worked out that way. Can't recommend these guys enough.
One of a kind - from the groom
By Berks2013 on 4/20/2013
I knew that my gf wanted something unique, but I didn't know where to begin. The team at McII was extremely helpful bringing a complete novice up to speed with the numerous aspects that go into the perfect ring. John took the time to explain the 4 C's (and many other practical considerations that I never would have imagined), while accompanying each description with a tangible example. There is also a noticeable difference between salesmen and craftsmen. The McII team never appeared pushy or sales-driven. They were much more concerned about getting it "right" than getting it "done". For someone who was extremely nervous about making such a large purchase, the McII team provided a comfortable environment to make such a momentous decision. From a logistics stand point, Walter was incredibly accessible in both New York City and Great Barrington. I couldn't have been happier with my experience, and we couldn't be happier with the result.
One of a kind - from the bride
By Berks2013 on 4/20/2013
I knew I wanted a say in the ring, but my boyfriend wanted it to be a surprise. So I decided I would do some research so I could give him hints of what I liked. From the beginning, I didn't want a solitaire. I didn't love prongs, and I didn't want my ring to look like anyone else's. But then I visited McII, and I fell in love (with a ring, not another man). Each ring looked unique and special. With vintage flair and designs that screamed artisanal, I knew I had found the place. And to my surprise, the ring that was most perfect was a solitaire. But it looked nothing like any solitaire I had ever seen. I was simple and elegant, subtly detailed and beautiful from ever angle. The craftsmanship was astounding. How could they make a solitaire look so different and unusual? You'll have to check them out to find out! I look at my now and I am so happy. It is the perfect ring for me, and the perfect ring for us.
Beautiful engagement rings
By liseclavel on 1/3/2013
After I saw McTeigue and McClelland's jewelry for the first time, I looked around for other rings with creative settings like theirs; I couldn't find anything else that stood out even remotely. My fiance met with Walter in New York and picked out a beautiful sapphire set in the floral band, and I absolutely love it (though that doesn't mean I don't go to their web site every now and then to browse other rings... their diamonds and rubies are amazing, and I love the diamond cuffs on some of their bands). We are having our wedding bands made with McTeigue and McClelland also: Walter met us in New York and helped us choose matching wrought iron bands with gold inside. They've been lovely to work with, helpful and available but never pushy. I couldn't be happier with my engagement ring, and we can't wait to see our bands. I'm not a jewelry person--I rarely wear anything but my engagement ring--so I love having one thing that's so special and gorgeous.
Simply the best!
By Teamtuncay on 8/1/2014
McTeigue & McClelland has the most unique and gorgeous selection of jewelry. My husband proposed to me with a stunning flora bloomed gold ring and I love it more every day. We both got our wedding bands made there and I am lucky enough to also have a beautiful pair of bloomed gold diamond studs. I love the fact that everything is handmade and not a single piece is the same as another. They have a talented team that will work with you to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. The service is unmatched. It is worth the trip to Great Barrington, their team, especially Samantha Larson, are the nicest people and they know their jewelry well! We loved the area so much that we got married in the Berkshires, and Samantha was a big help to us during this process! So, forget Tiffany & Co. McTeigue & McClelland is a million times better in so many ways, from the quality and the craftsmanship to the value and the service. There are also rings and pieces there to suit every budget.
a very happy bride
By eecataldo on 1/23/2014
I was nervous when I realized my fiance was refusing all counsel while choosing my engagement ring. He has excellent taste, but I am extremely picky. When he proposed, I was completely blown away. I couldn't have done better. My ring is classic, yet unique at the same time--a piece that I can wear forever and pass on through the generations. The exquisiteness of the ring itself is only enhanced by knowing the process and craftsmanship behind it. I loved hearing how my fiance worked closely with John and Walter to design every aspect of the ring, and I love telling the story to others. I can't wait to meet the masters behind my masterpiece when we start looking at their wedding bands. If you want to ensure yourself an engagement ring with beauty and quality beyond your imagination, send your beau to MC2 and let him and the artisans there do the rest. You will not be disappointed.
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