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Aileen’s Ruby Ring
John wanted to commission a new ring for Aileen to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary.
John & I debated about wether or not we would make the ring as a ‘surprise’ or wether Aileen needed to be ‘in on it’ to help with the design.
I started by sourcing in a number of rubies for John to have a look at – this is one of my favourite parts of a commission. We picked 3 oval stones and quickly realised that Aileen needed to see them.
Aileen new straight away what she wanted – in fact John & I really couldn’t have decided her style between ourselves lol! Aileen wanted one of my two-band curl rings with a sweeping curve at the front to hold the ruby – and of course to be set with diamonds!
I worked through some design ideas and Aileen choose a mixture of a couple of styles. The ring was made up entirely by hand and it was ‘fitted’ to the finger Aileen wanted to wear it on.
It’s a fabulous ring – elegant, decorative and full of vibrant colour.
Hi Sarah The prizes have just arrived and I am absolutely stunned by how beautiful they are.Pictures cannot begin to show them adequately. I can truly say I was speechless when I unpacked them.They are so beautifully displayed and the cards are so special. You have really done me proud. I would like to think you might get some commissions and I will certainly be passing on the contacts if people enquire. Thank you so much. Love Grace.
My break came in 2005 when Sarah McAleer, then owner of the contemporary jewellery gallery Gold- Digger 79, employed me to do some silver work for her. ‘She was the best thing that ever happened - I would be nowhere without her’. ‘She gave me half a day at first, and then I would be saying: ‘I’ll work for five hours and you’ll pay me for three because I’m learning.’ I was with her for about four or five years, and towards the end of that I was making stuff completely and she was designing it. Sarah was always pushing me. She would say: ‘Don’t worry, it’s only platinum, whats the worst that can happen!’ Eddie is Sarah's true protege - Sarah & Eddie now share a studio together!!2016-05-08
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