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