To me, when a piece is not symmetrical balance is essential: and a perfect example of balance in my work is this bespoke ring, executed in pink sapphire, amethyst and peridot, set in white gold and diamonds.
These cufflinks were commissioned as a wedding present from the bride to her groom. They were directly inspired by a technique favoured by the great Russian jeweller Peter Carl Faberge, that of overlaying patterns of precious metal over semi precious stones.
It is a technique that has inspired many of my pieces and has become a recurring theme in my work.
This is a perfect example of how an old stone can be given a new lease of life. The aquamarine itself was badly scratched and restored by my lapidary. The setting was designed in conjunction with the client, who wanted a versatile jewel she could wear day or night.
This magnificent Ceylon sapphire of nearly 20 carats was set into a statement ring. This piece was specially made to be worn at a State Banquet at Windsor Castle. Note how the sapphire was set in yellow gold to give the piece a touch of warmth.
The stones for this bracelet belonged to the client. As part of the design process, we sat together and decided where each stone was going to be set. Some of the gems were in a bad condition and were given a new lease of life by my lapidary.
This bespoke piece was created using the client's central stone. The stone is of Indian origin, so the design pays homage to the great Art Deco pieces created in the 1930s by some of the great jewellery houses for the maharajas.
A magnificent emerald and diamond Colombian emerald ring. Each of the emeralds was over two carats. The shoulder stones were specially cut for the setting by master lapidaries in Germany.
I was asked to design this set to celebrate an important birthday of the recipient. The brief was that above all, the jewellery must reflect the personality of the receiver. Sapphires were her birthstone, so I decided to use the myriad of colours available to fulfil the brief. The range of colours within one stone commemorates the client's creativity and multi faceted personality, and the seemingly random placing of the gems reflects a sense of fun and spontaneity. The set, above all, is versatile, the bracelet and earrings in particular being able to be worn day or night.
This piece has a special place in my heart. I designed them when I was 16; they were the first piece of jewellery I made when I launched my business and the first piece I sold. They were inspired by the stones and materials of Faberge. The combination of chalcedony and diamonds was one of Faberge's classics and his use of gemstones running over the surface of smooth stones was another signature.