Posts tagged bespoke jewellery
A MAGNIFICENT EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

This is the most important creation of my career to date. I was given free rein with the design and I conceived a double strand set with cushion and brilliant cut diamonds. The centre stone is an important cushion cut Colombian emerald of over five carats. It is the piece I am proudest of and the one which have given me greatest pleasure to create.

An emerald and diamond necklace, pictured next to the original working drawing.

An emerald and diamond necklace, composed of a double strand of round and cushion cut diamonds; the centre stone an important Colombian cushion cut emerald.

The Colombian centre stone in detail.

The Colombian emerald at concept stage.

DIAMOND FRINGE EARRINGS

A beautiful pair of shoulder dusters created from baguette diamonds extracted from disused antique ring. The stones have been given a new lease of life and purpose as earrings. Each rectangular element is fully hinged, so even when the wearer is perfectly still the earrings tremble and catch the light.

The diamond fringe earrings with their render in white gouache and ink.

A pair of diamond fringe earrings using the client’s own stones.

Because the lack of criss cross facets in square and rectangular stones in which to hide inclusions, baguettes have to be exceptionally clean to be used in jewellery. Even taking that into account, the stones here are exceptional, adding extra vibrancy to the jewel.

ROCK STAR DIAMOND RINGS

A pair of starburst rings, one in rose gold, one in white gold, each set with brilliant cut diamonds. If possible, I like to incorporate asymmetry in my design, as it means the jewel never looks the same from any two angles. A concept I read about in the work of Charles Worth, the world’s first coutourier.

Starburst ring in rose gold and diamonds.

Starburst ring in white gold and diamonds.

The starburst rings with their original designs.

A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET

A bespoke sapphire and diamond Art Deco style bracelet. Featuring diamonds, cut sapphires and sapphire beads set in platinum.

A sapphire and diamond bracelet in a timeless, Art Deco style setting.

The sapphire and diamond bracelet shown next to its original working drawing in gouache and Chinese ink

A PAIR OF CHALCEDONY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

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.

Earrings set with chalcedony and diamonds in white gold. The materials and techniques involved were inspired by the work of Faberge.

The very initial sketches for the chalcedony and diamond earrings.

Work by Faberge showing some of the techniques and materials that inspired my earrings.

AN AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND RING

 

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.

An emerald cut aquamarine and diamond ring with diamond and aquamarine shoulders.

The unset aquamarine with the original working drawing.