hand engraving is making a comeback. Often its too small to realy see but we recently had the oppertunity to engrave bells for our local church.
married for many years, our customer decided it was time for her wedding diamonds to have a new setting. her original set was a tall solitaire with a "jacket" style wedding band. she had a new wedding band - a two-tone claddagh ring that was very stylish, but it could not be worn with the diamond rings. She also felt that the existing ring was not practical, especially for a teacher with a busy lifestyle.
She had never had a custom ring designed for her before, so we took our time, working together to create a ring that would work perfectly with the new band, that would have the two-tone element, and that would use the existing diamonds to maximize sparkle. We also sought to have the rings fit snugly together but not overshadow the claddagh detail. having a practical ring that was comfortable and low on the hand was also a goal.
we jumped on the idea of a halo around the center diamond, with a trefoil knot to help secure the center stone and also to add a bit of celtic magic to complement the claddagh. We considered a wider band to offset the center stone so that less of the claddagh would be hidden under the halo, but then opted to make it slightly narrower than the new band for the sake of wearability. white gold for the diamond setting, and yellow gold for the shank made our two-tone decision fairly easy. that method of assembly also allowed us to accommodate a much lower position for the center stone - just enough clearance for the band to fit up underneath, but still enough to show off the diamond.
The response at pickup today?
"Thank you for filling all of my hopes and wishes. my ring is absolutely magnificent!"
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: