Sunday, 17 July 2016

Wedding Bells in the Air

I was asked a few months ago to design a ring for a colleague of my sister-in-law. He told me that his soon-to-be fiance loved floral without being flowery, organic without being fussy and something that she wouldn't be able to find on Pinterest. Not an easy thing to do as all designs (especially in Jewellery) have been done before and a lot have been posted on social media.

So we started the process of coming up with something that reflected her personality and style but also something that was different from what is available in the shops.
I looked for inspiration in many of the artistic fields: Textile design; wrought iron works; art periods, namely Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts, and even interior and furniture design.
With a mood board to give me some direction and bearing in mind the parametres I was given, I came up with a number of designs which we kept narrowing down and refining until we got The One.

Rough sketches of different designs.

The One.

This drawing was then 3D rendered for final approval before I started with the manufacturing process. This showed my client exactly what the ring was going to look like as well as showing him the scale of the ring.

3D CAD rendering of the final design.

Once he was happy with these renderings, the manufacturing and setting started. A couple weeks later this is what he received and a couple months after that, he proposed! 

An 18ct white gold engagement ring with a claw set centre diamond. 12 smaller diamonds surrounding it in a floral halo.

She loves the ring!!

His and Hers wedding bands. A pair of sterling silver, half round sleeve rings with a band of 9ct yellow gold in the middle.