Mr Pevsner wished to commission a special setting for a stone he had purchased during a trip to India with his wife. I set out to devise a setting for this large stone. We both wanted to avoid the traditional setting and claws which tend to catch on clothing. The final ring was a derivation from my stacking rings. In this design two bands rise to buttress the setting and provide a light weight gold frame to mount the stone. The two outer bands form the shank of the ring.
They were very pleased with the result; the gold setting complimenting and enhancing the stone, recalling the memories of a special adventure in India.
Irene contacted me from Northern Ireland after seeing one of my rings in a magazine. She had some stones left to her and wanted to incorporate them into a glorious combination of bands. After numerous eMails we agreed on an outline design. I wanted to develop a way of using a number of Irene's smaller diamonds, and came up with the idea of creating a diamond arch to bridge the other bands in the stack. This arch acts as both a bridge to contain the diamonds and a unifying design element for the ring.
Irene rang me from Ireland, as soon as she received the ring to say she was absolutely thrilled with the outcome.
Two years after seeing one of my rings, Robert and his partner, came to England on a whirlwind visit from Canada, to take a vacation, order their wedding ring from my workshop at OXO and then fly on to Ireland to make last minute arrangements for their wedding.
They chose the combination of stones and decided that the bands should be primarily red and white gold with a yellow gold roll around the diamond. The ring followed them to Ireland in time for the wedding and was received with great enthusiasm.
Jackie & Kevin saw me at Goldsmiths Fair in October 2005 and were impressed by an Australian boulder opal stacking ring that I had on show. It was unfortunately not for sale, as it had been made for another client who had allowed me to show it at the exhibition before I posted it to her.
After the exhibition Jackie and Kevin came to see me at OXO and we set about putting together an equally beautiful stacking ring with a blue opal, some sapphires and a small diamond. With boulder opals each stone is a unique free-form shape and other stones cluster around its contours, making each opal ring quite distinct.
Sally and Jeff returned in 2005 to commission a pair of earrings for Sally, based on the same design aesthetic as the eternity rings from 2004. They wanted the same combinations of sapphires and diamonds, in the same order a size relationship.
The design for the drop earrings was developed from a series on which I was working at the time, based on heavily textured and worked surface finishes. The tops with gold ear posts were separate elements articulated to the main earring drop with a hidden linkage