After meeting at Shiplake College Wedding Fair, Kerry sent me an email to enquire about remodelling some inherited jewellery into a new contemporary engagement and wedding ring set for her upcoming wedding to Gwyn.
The beauty of working with precious metal is the possibility to remodel and recycle it into new designs. Kerry had two 22ct gold rings which she had inherited from her grandmothers on each side, with neither ring now being worn or enjoyed.
After seeing a couple of photos of the rings I confirmed the potential to remodel and recycle the gold into two new rings. We then decided to meet in person and discuss the design styles Kerry was drawn too, and to give me the opportunity to weigh and measure the inherited rings so I could gauge what material we had to play with.
During our meeting, Kerry had a clear idea of the styles she liked from viewing designs from my portfolio. She also highlighted that she wanted her engagement ring to be contemporary and colourful, whilst having a personalised element, to sit next to a plainer, finer wedding band. With a handful of selected samples, we begun the design process with a very hands on approach – picking and choosing widths and profiles to combine, and discussing the variety of colourful gemstones we could use and the meanings behind them. I really enjoy a more tactile, hands on approach to designing – I feel it helps the piece evolve more fluidly, and the customer can physically see how things will come together.
After our meeting I went away to research and source a selection of colourful gemstones that had meaning to Kerry and Gwyn (birthstones, significant colours…), and that would work well in a scattered composition.
Once we had settled on the colour selection and the appropriately durable stones I emailed Kerry some initial sketches to show a variety of possible compositions. With these sketches I was also able to send some quotes for Kerry to consider.
From seeing the sketches Kerry agreed on the designs for both the engagement and wedding rings, and we decided to meet again once I had sourced the stones so Kerry could choose the exact ones to use from varying shades.
Whilst waiting for the gemstones to arrive I mocked up Kerry’s rings in silver so that when we next met she could see exactly what the rings were going to look like, try them on for size and we could place the stones on in the composition and make any necessary tweaks. It was good to mock up the rings before touching the inherited gold, so I could ensure I could work with it in the most efficient way without any unnecessary waste.
The fitting went well, Kerry selected her stones, so I began work on remodelling her gold into a new oval profile and into the two new rings. Before hallmarking and setting the stones, we met for a final fitting before the rings were then finished with a satin surface.
By working in this way we managed to conserve as much of the inherited gold as possible, we even had enough left over to make a little ALLORA pentagon for Kerry which she could then hand down to her daughter Eire in years to come. I loved this idea, as it meant Eire would be inheriting a small piece of gold from her Great Grandmothers just as Kerry had.
Kerry was an absolute dream to work with – she was full of enthusiasm and ideas, and really put her faith in me to remodel her grandmothers rings into something new and special for her. I loved her contemporary take on an engagement and wedding ring set, and I’m so pleased we’ve managed to create something truly unique for her.
“So many people have commented on the rings and how beautiful they are. You did a splendid job. And of course, we absolutely love them too. Warmest regards.”Kerry & Gwyn