I was very flattered when, Fiona and Martin came all the way down from Inverness in the middle of January to commission this ring. Fiona wanted a Stacking ring for her wedding set and decided, with Martin, on the different bands, the metals and the stones for her unique ring. The central stone is a marquise cut Opal and the secondary stones are an Aqua-marine, an Amethyst and a •18ct diamond. After receiving the ring, Fiona wrote:
"Thank-you so very much for my wonderful ring. I absolutely adore it and can't stop admiring it. I will definitely be back and drop into your shop when I'm next down from the Highlands. Kind regards Fiona"
Pauline and John visited the Goldsmiths Fair in October 2005 and besides being very impressed by the ornate gold ceiling in the Goldsmiths hall, also liked one of my Munich muse necklaces. However, Pauline with her eye for antiques and Art-Deco jewellery requested some changes. This raised some technical challenges but together we reached a design that worked well. The finished necklace is quite a large piece, 100mm across, and has a Marquise turquoise stone as the central feature. The back of the stone is covered by a raised gold plate which allows the necklace to be worn with either side facing out. Each side presenting a distinctly different character.
Mr Skewer came into my OXO workshop in March wanting to commission a pendant for his wife. She already had a Coiled ring, commissioned from me in 18ct gold with a diamond and some cabochon rubies, from a couple of years earlier.
I thought it would be a good idea to take one of my Munich muse shapes and build up layers of thin gold sheet, riveted together, to give the surface a highly worked surface to match the ring. I incorporated some cabochon cut rubies and also a •25ct round brilliant cut diamond together with some small pierced decoration.
Sally & Jeff once again visited me in 2006. This time they were keen to commission a pendant based on their original ring theme from 2004.
The earrings from 2005 were the basis on which we arrived at the pendant design, the articulated top was replaced by a rolled over detail through which could be threaded a ribbon or chain. The final choice was a 18ct gold twisted rope collar which complimented the pendant very well.