Hello, hello, and happy 2017!
If you follow my work you know I love working one-on-one to create jewelry that symbolizes personal memories, events and victories; in short-jewelry that holds a chapter in story of your life. It’s an honor to be entrusted with these significant projects and to become a part of your story!
Sometimes the unimaginable happens - the loss the very object that represents a most important occasion. I recently had the opportunity to work with a wonderful woman named Lisa, to redesign her lost wedding ring. For Lisa this was a great loss. Not only had the ring disappeared but the heirloom family diamonds that it held.
For me, this was a really exciting project because Lisa's design aesthetic is so compatible with my own and we were able to create this truly unique, stunning and SPARKLY jewel that she feels comfortable wearing every day! Here's the story of Lisa’s ring in her own words:
“When I lost my beloved wedding ring, I was heartbroken. It was a highly textured custom-made wide band that contained two family diamonds, one from my and one from his side, and several diamonds we bought together.
"One day it was simply gone
, and it took a long time for me to admit the fact that I would never see it again. Once I did admit that, one of the things that stopped me from replacing it was the knowledge that I couldn't afford something similar because I had inherited these two diamonds and now they were gone. But then a very satisfied customer/friend introduced me to Heather and I realized that she was not only willing to do custom work, but she seemed to really enjoy the process of working closely with a client on an intimate piece of jewelry.
I knew from my previous ring that the process of making a custom piece stays with you for the life of the piece. When you look at the ring, or necklace, you remember the experience of its creation.
"As I began working with Heather, I realized that she was committed to making sure that the experience was a pleasure as well as the final product. I especially knew this to be the case when she ordered several diamonds for me. I looked at them when they arrived and realized that they were not right for me. I felt terrible about making her go to that trouble, but she was completely relaxed about sending them back and starting over. She really seemed to understand what I was looking for, and I realized that I could be really explicit about my choices and she would be completely supportive. That was a new experience. After we sent the other diamonds back, she called with another option, which turned out to be the perfect stone at the right price. We took two small diamonds from another family ring and ordered some other small diamonds and we were ready.
"She let me see the wax cast at every stage. For me, that was very reassuring. When the ring was finished and I slipped it on, it was absolutely perfect. It was even better than my previous ring because she was so careful and nuanced about the placement of the stones, the height of the bezels, the width of the band, the inside of the ring and especially important, the back of the ring which had always been uncomfortable in the old ring, so much so that I often took it off, which led to its eventual disappearance. My new ring is glamorous, delicate, unusual, hard-wearing, and I could not be happier with it or its maker.”
Thanks for reading! If this has inspired you to begin your own custom or heirloom redesign piece, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear what you have in mind! xo, Heather
Above: mapping out the stone placement on the wax model for Lisa's ring.
Below: the hand-carved ring wax model complete and ready to cast!