A client came to me after the death of a close friend. She wanted to use some of her friendʼs special pieces in 2 rings. My client is very adventurous in her ring-wearing.
She also wanted a paper mache boat to float her friend's ashes out to sea. (I have made these boats previously)
Would use a small enamel plate with a fried egg. I designed a tabletop in black and purple a symbol of the feminist movement embraced by her friend and softened by a carved ivory serviette.
Uses amethyst crystals and a nest-like sculpture in silver and gold housing an ivory egg of friendship.
In the feminist colours of black and purple houses a significant memory piece and will float on a birds nest like raft.
When my client's husband died she wanted a significant pendant to house some of his ashes.
We explored symbols and events in their long partnership.
Ravens were chosen as they were always present in their lives and represent the passion her husband had for pushing boundaries and achieving above the expected.
The 2 ravens that come together as a heart hold between them and urn with lotus blossom- a flower which grows from the mud and water emerging into a beautiful flower, symbolizing human potential.
The ravens have eyes of pearl for tears and the ring of the pendant is the husband's wedding ring.
The birds are enclosed in gold which housed the ashes placed during a private ceremony.
Designed using the traditional symbol of Aurobindo's Ashsram this pendant extends the mothers belief in colour to precious sapphires with a mother of pearl centre housing a flawless diamond.
When a family lost their husband and father they all wanted a significant piece of jewellery housing a lock of his hair.
The two young men met with me to describe how a piece could reflect both themselves and their lost father. Each decided on a ring the personalities and materials of these rings differ but each has become a memento of their love and loss.
Their mother wished for a more expressive piece, I designed a two sided disc pendant each side representing her man and their commitment – an eagle for his overarching strength and love for his Harley, mother of pearl for the water and moon of their relationship and a poem to put feelings into words.This piece sits close to her heart.
My clients’ mother had died leaving her a gold pendant with an opal and diamond in a symmetrical predictable setting.
My customer has significant style and wanted a piece to reflect her love of silver and less formal dressing.This pendant is eye catching in a more casual way and uses all the materials in the earlier piece. Gold ,silver, diamond and opal.
When a couple with grown children met with me to design a wedding ring They came with years of stories and symbols and 4 diamonds in a very thin gold ring.
The ring was a memorable story in itself and needed to be part of the new ring. We spent our session talking about how to combine the past in a significant way and eventually came to a Ginkgo tree which was important in their life. I carved the leaves in white gold and the original ring forms the gold veins while the diamonds sparkle anew.
When two guys came to see me about wedding rings it was quickly apparent that their ideas of what they wanted to wear were as different as their personalities, and yet they wanted a united concept in their rings.
The design reached was that two elements were to become one, with an inner band in pink gold and an outer band in white gold.
The inner sweep which is seen in the open section of one ring was then reduced to a line which became the pattern in the more solid ring. The rings suit their hands and their personal aesthetic and will be commemorated in an overseas ceremony