Sunday, 26 April 2015

Final Work Showcase 10 (Yellow and White Gold Crown Ring)

A ring fit for any princess.

Pave set black and white cubic zirconias are accentuated by fine engraving and millgraine to create a truly royal effect in this ring designed to look like a crown. 

The green stone is also an synthetic cubic zirconia but is perfectly complimented by the yellow and white gold. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Work Stages (Rings before the Stones are Set)

It is sometimes interesting for my clients to see the process of making jewellery with all its many steps to completion. As the process continues one reaches the stage where the ring is completely constructed but the stones have not been set into the metal. In fine jewellery the stones are not glued but set. This means that parts of the metal is literally bent over the stone to hold it in place. The following photos will show you the rings before setting, which is followed by the ring completely set and final polished. 

18ct White Gold Ring with constructed basket claw settings prepared to receive Diamonds.

Final result. 

A Silver Ring prepared with a four claw box setting for an emerald cut Green Quartz.


Platinum cluster setting ready to receive its Diamonds. Notice the large amount of claws prepared round the center part. These are to hold both the central stone and to serve as the back braces on the outside rim of stones.

The spectacular result. 

9ct Yellow Gold and Silver Ring with tube settings and pavé setting flat drilled sections. 

The pavé sections can be appreciated in comparison to the tube settings. 

Filed claw settings are rendered directly into the solid 18ct Gold for this ring. Four claws were then added to set the central stone in as well. 

The final result makes the process clearer to the untrained eye. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Final Work Showcase 9 (Platinum Engagement Ring)

Yet a another beautiful variation of the classic Engagement Ring in a classic white metal known as platinum.

Graduated diamonds elegantly recede in claw settings from a central stone of 0.55 cts, Platinum allows for very dainty jewellery as the metal retains its strength even if it is worked to very thin thicknesses.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Work Stages (Progression of Digital Art Painting)

I love tiaras and drawing or even better making them, is my passion. Sometimes the inspiration takes me and before I know it I have doodled a concept design for a tiara. If the design inspires me further I may continue the picture but digital methods often lend themselves to experimentation.

This swan inspired tiara was begun in pencil and then taken further in Microsoft Paint (with a mouse). 

I printed out my previous digital doodle, drew on it some more with pen and then re-imported it into Microsoft Paint and continued further also adding more facial features. 

The earring and necklace design was then also roughly sketched on paper with the intent on copy and pasting it onto the developing art work. 

With the earring added the rest of the detail and facial features were to be taken to the max in digital only. 

Progression in the face and stones. 

This was the final result with the intent of adding a different necklace than the original design idea. 

The alternate necklace design ended up being a choker and with the addition of a fur detail finished my inspired painting in Microsoft Paint. 

Perhaps the original necklace concept may become part of a new digital painting....

Final Work Showcase 8 (Silver Eagle Cuff Links)

A set of Cuff Links made from solid silver to represent stylized eagles. These were made end of 2013 for a matric dance. The eagle and its 9 pinion feathers were a pre-requisite of the client and thus purposely included. 

The rough finish and oxidizing was intended to tone down the " bling factor" and imbue the cuff links with a more down toned sophistication.

The final product was much appreciated by the client.

Final Work Showcase 7 (9ct White Gold Engagement Ring)

Hand crafted in 9ct White Gold and set as per client request entirely with Cubic Zirconia. It seems that the more thrifty clients these days know how to prioritize cash flow as the synthetic Cubic Zirconias may very easily be swapped for diamonds at a later stage.

Geometric design and classic symmetry combine to form the very straight forward yet extremely "bling"  engagement ring. It was made end of 2013.