For the love of beauty in jewels....I thought I would share a bit on the beauty behind the sparkle. The story of how that initial spark of an idea for a commission turns into the shimmering work of art as we wear and see it.
We start the design by sourcing the central gemstone. The beauty of coloured gemstones is that each stone is unique in terms of saturation and hue. The quality of the cut of the gem then allows for this colour to radiate out.
A snippet of my working design sketches above. I'm classically trained so start my design process in 2D sketch. I place the chosen gem into initial concepts to get a sense of scale and proportion and then let the art of the design flow.
Once I've fine tuned the concept in 2D we move into 3D modelling. This is where I work with my CAD team to make sure all technicalities of the ring are correct. I also start to source the smaller gems. We create a gem map for the more detailed pieces as below.
We then image the design in photorealistic imagery so it can be seen it in all its glory before we start crafting.
We prototype where needed. My pieces are a combination of cast and hand-make so prototype or not, all jewellery is 3D printed in wax then cast in the precious metal. (This particular ring needed no prototyping.)
And then we make that beauty come to life! My wonderful jeweller Kalleh and I in his studio.