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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.

A TANTALIZING TANZANITE

A classic example of setting a stone belonging to a client: she bought this beautiful tanzanite specimen on holiday in South Africa. Together, we worked on this design. It is beautifully executed: the elements are all separately articulated.

A fine example of a tanzanite, set in white gold with diamonds and embellished with lilac sapphires.

The tanzanite necklace, inspired by Art Deco, shown with its original working drawing.

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

DAY AND NIGHT: VARIATIONS ON A THEME

I love how just changing the colour produces such dramatic results. The concept for these two rings came from a Faberge design feature: that of having cut stones running over a smooth surface, and this concept translated itself into several pieces,

Rubellite, black diamond and pearl ring in black gold.

The same design, two results.

Chalcedony and diamond ring set in white gold.

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.

A MULTI COLOURED SAPPHIRE SET

 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.

A necklace composed of multi coloured sapphires and diamonds set in white gold.

Detail of the multi coloured sapphire bracelet.

Blue, pink and purple sapphire earrings.

The multi colour sapphire and diamond bracelet and earrings shown next to their original drawings.