Taking photos of my work and them editing them to create collages is one of my favourite jobs and I recently decided to create a set of collages combining my ring designs with my photography, creating a series of images combining my two favourite things, rings & nature.
Rings & Nature in perfect harmony..
This summer I was absolutely delighted to be asked to make my first engagement ring for a lovely young couple.
My brief was to design and make a rose gold diamond solitaire.
One of the reasons that Iove designing and making jewellery is it is such an honour to be entrusted to make a piece which means something really special and will be worn forever.
and the best bit is she said 'YES'..............................
Precious metal supplied by Cookson Gold
Diamond supplied by Ward Gemstones, Hatton Gardens, London
The Inspiration for my Bubble ring design came from one of my photos of bubbles formed in the pools below the waterfalls of Ystradfellte in South Wales, UK.
From soft thinking through to technical drawing and making a maquette....
The manufacturing .......
The final design, my sterling silver Bubble ring featuring a reticulated hollow sphere.
Part of process of making my Bubble ring involved me making a smaller test hollow sphere which I decided to set into a ring design of it's own...
The final design, Bubble ring II, featuring a high shine hollow sphere.
Inspired by my recent wedding collection commission I decided to turn my hand to some new earring designs featuring natural pearls.
The final collection....
Precious metal supplied by Cookson Gold
Pearls supplied by Ward Gemstones, Hatton Gardens, London
A couple of months ago I was delighted to be asked to design and make the bridal jewellery for a family wedding.
My brief was to design and make the bride's necklace and earrings and to re-set a cabochon creating a new pendant for the mother of the bride.
One of the many reason I love to design and make jewellery is being able to make bespoke and unique pieces for my customers.
It was a real honour to be asked to help make a special day even more so by designing something beautiful to be worn, creating a forever memory from the day.
From brief to final design...........
The Mother of the Bride......
These are some of the pieces I have created so far using a mix of techniques, with an emphasis on champleve, 'enamel work in which hollows made in a metal surface are filled with coloured enamels'
Level 2 Jewellery Manufacturing Diploma and a Level 2 Creative Techniques in 2D City & Guilds Certificate at Holts Academy. Part One, the technical exercises.........
In February this year (2016) I started my Level 2 course at Holts Academy in Hatton Gardens, London's jewellery quarter.
The course is everything I was hoping for, my fellow classmates are both enthusiastic and talented, we range in age from just 16 through to me and share a passion for all things jewellery.
It's now mid-March and we have just completed a series of technical exercises prior to starting our first master classes in stone setting, hand engraving and enamelling.
The story so far..............
My technical exercise portfolio demonstrating piercing, drilling, riveting, measuring, forming, soldering, finishing, polishing, chain and ring making.......
I was recently commissioned to make a special bangle for a friend. We met via selling from our respective market stalls and bonded on one fabulously wet market day at Kingston on Thames where laughs were aplenty as we all tried to remove the excess water from our stall covers...I think there's a YouTube video of us all getting thoroughly soaked out there somewhere!
My commission was to make a 50th birthday bangle matching a previous bangle I had made for my friend/customer with a special message engraved inside.......time to gas up the torches!
The finished bangle........
a Raw Silk sterling silver bangle
5mm square sterling silver wire supplied by Cooksongold
Hallmarking by Goldsmiths, the London Assay Office
Laser engraving by Photoicon, Hatton Gardens, London
This year for Christmas I decided to tackle my most difficult challenge yet, setting this lovely raspberry pink tourmaline in a combination of white & yellow 9ct gold creating a new ring design featuring the colours of the mixed metals.
I decided to set the tourmaline on white gold as it would allow the true colour of the cabochon to be seen once set. A yellow base would slightly alter the colour hue and therefore not show the stone at it's raspberry best :-)
I love the combination of white & yellow gold, the white gold I used in my design is not rhodium plated so what you see is it's natural colour and not the popular rhodium plated bright white colour normally associated with white gold.
As I was using white gold for the base I decided that I would like to have a band of the white colour visible at the bottom of my setting so I used 1mm white sheet in my base and a matte finish which subtly highlights the colour contrast. I added texture to the base of the setting to link it's design with the texture of the ring band.
The finished article....
a Pink Tourmaline Gold ring
9ct white & yellow gold sheet and wire supplied Cooksongold
Pink tourmaline cabochon supplied by Ward Gemstones, Hatton Gardens, London