I love making dress rings, there aren't any restrictions around what you can design...and when making a bespoke ring for a client you can present a number of ideas to them and through discussion and drawing come up with something that is going to be perfect for them and exciting for me as a designer. My client was given this beautiful white Opal as a birthday present. It is a really good stone and she wanted a modern ring design to do it justice and to some extent show her friends how much she appreciated the stone as a present. I pitched to her '1970's Russian Kitsch' as the theme for the design. This is just a fun made up term I like to use. I have a fondness for 1970's European jewellery...I particularly like the dress rings from the company Grima in London, and a lot of the work of Italian and Greek jewellers of that time and ofcourse the Russian jewellers. I love the large scale, the use of texture and exotic stones, pearls, coral. It was an excessive period of design. As a designer I tend to design with a more minimal approach but I think just the use of white Opal kind of conjures up this older style of jewellery. The ring is also over sized. Its a big ring and when worn its going to attract attention. My client has a gregarious personality and I can see her now at parties talking about the ring and the origin of the stone.
Beautiful and unusual engagement ring and wedding band set. I wasn't sure about making a square engagement ring, but after wearing around the studio for a day I realised how comfortable this shape is! The silver square ring has a pianola pattern stamped on it and the gold wedding band has the couple's initials stamped on it.
Just finished making this wedding band to replace a ring my client bought from me about 18 years ago and unfortunately lost. The design is about 20 years old and it was a blast making one again. The outside rings are all made separate in silver and white gold with an inside sleeve that is flared into an 'eye rivet' holding all the rings together.