Elaine’s ‘Family of Hearts’ Ring
I first met Elaine and her beautiful family at a friend’s wedding. She got in touch shortly after to discuss the possibility of me designing a ring that symbolised her and her family. We chatted via Skype and exchanged emails. I did some sketches and we talked about which materials she would prefer. It was great to work with her and iron out the details on what she was looking for and how I could bring these ideas together into a ring. Custom work is one of my favourite parts about being a jeweller – you get to work closely with great people on something they will treasure for a long time.
She loved the hearts, so I created four hearts, 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 heart is unique – created in one movement – never to be created again, just like her family. With the assistance of a professional caster I cast the two materials separately and soldered the two types of gold together. It was a simple and classic design with its own history and powerful symbolism. It was a really fun project!