Family of Hearts
I met Elaine and her beautiful family at a friend’s wedding. Some weeks later she contacted me to discuss the possibility of me designing a ring that would symbolised her family. We spent time chatting via Skype and email, talking about what jewellery she liked. I did some sketches and discussed the different materials that I can work in. I really enjoyed the process of talking with Elaine and working closely with her to finalise the details of what she was looking for. My challenge was to bring these together to create a ring. I adore this part of my profession. Being able to work closely with great clients to create a piece that they will treasure for a lifetime.
Elaine loved the hearts, so I decided to create four of them to represent her family. Two small ones in 18 carat yellow gold, connected to the band, to represent her children; and two larger ones in 18 carat rose gold to represent her and her husband. Each of the hearts is unique, all created in one movement, never to be created again – the perfect representation of her family.
With the assistance of a professional caster, I cast the two materials separately and soldered the two types of gold together. Sometimes the most classic and simple designs can be the most powerful in their symbolism. A unique ring to represent a one-of-a-kind family.
“Laura was attentive and really listened to what I wanted. She is very friendly and easy to deal with, communicating through the process with sketches, test models and the finer details. I would highly recommend Laura for any jewellery with a personal touch. It makes it all the better knowing its made from reclaimed silver!”
“I loved the experience of dealing with Laura. Her assistance and guidance in the development stages of my custom made bangle was wonderful and her correspondence was greatly appreciated.”
“I met with Laura to discuss commissioning a custom made sterling silver headpiece for my wedding. Everything in the shops seems so mass produced and I wanted something truly special. Laura asked all the right questions and created exactly what I wanted. She kept me informed the whole way. The end result was so beautiful, more than I could have ever imagined!”