Every new parent thinks of a child as an angel...a gift from heaven. Sometimes raising a child (especially a teenager) makes you question that. But the loss of a child at any age leaves a parent with an immeasurable hole in the heart. No matter what might have transpired during that child’s lifetime, the status of angel is the only way to identify a child who has died.
We had visited with our customer about taking apart some rings and redesigning them, but the project was tabled because her daughter did not want to disassemble the original rings.
with the passing of her daughter, our customer’s interest in redesigning was transformed into a need to memorialize her love for her daughter. Working with the number and sizes of the diamonds in her original pieces, the new design began to materialize. To acknowledge her daughter’s attachment to the original pieces, we retained some of the design elements, like the infinity symbol. We also gave thought to her daughter’s love for sunflowers, using some of the diamonds as the centers of the flowers cradled in her arms. The primary diamond was pear-shaped, so that became the angel’s wings. The remaining diamonds formed the angel’s halo.
There are many things that set custom-designed jewelry apart from mass-produced jewelry, but the personal meaning behind a custom piece is arguably the most important difference. As we browse through the picture books that make up our portfolio here at The Art of Jewelry, we are reminded of the story behind each and every piece we’ve made. Most are happy celebrations of momentous occasions and milestones in our customers’ lives. Others are bittersweet - poignant memorials between customers and loved ones who have passed.
I think of this part of our webpage as a forum for sharing the stories and the thought behind the pieces - with emphasis on the painstaking efforts that go into making certain that each piece precisely reflects the emotions invested in it.
With our customers’ permission, here are some of our favorite stories: