Client commission: 50th Birthday Celebration

 

Putting jewels together that mark life's milestones are right up there with why we love what we do!

This client received a gift voucher from her family to have a piece of her choice made. And I had an incredibly special set of Watermelon tourmaline gems in my collection for a while, secretly hiding them from clients as I was not ready to part with them.

When Lee (alias) came to discuss her celebration piece with me, I presented them when she said she was looking for a set of gems for a bangle. They were waiting for her. She wanted a piece that is easy to wear, so we decided on a bold C-shape silver bangle. We played around with various layouts on her wrist and voila! It made sense.

Commissions like these ticks so many boxes for me as it is truly aligned with my values as well as those of our business. This piece goes far beyond its monetary value, it will always be representative of Lee’s celebration and the love her family has for her.

The gemstones are one-of-a-kind and perfect in their irregularity, no matter how much you love this piece; I will never be able to copy it for you! The untreated colour and inclusions are indicative of the incredible natural forces that created these gems.

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 The process:

The bangle was hand-carved out of wax, carefully making sure that each gem has a seat for it to fit in snugly. This is going to protect the stones from daily wear.

We then cast it in sterling silver through the process of lost wax carving. It then went back to the goldsmith who carved the wax, to hand finish the surface, and to make final adjustments to the settings. At this stage, we also made a few changes to the profile of the bangle.

From there it moved on to our gemstone setter; he carefully hammered the metal down onto the gems to secure them into the bangle. The final stage is polishing the surface. Proper finishing adds so much value to the final result.

 

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