R got in touch as his wife had a special birthday coming up and she’d briefly mentioned that she’d like a pair of diamond earrings a while back. Taking note, R got in touch to see if I’d be able to create these and a necklace to match too. He wanted these to be special, but also simple enough in design so that they could be worn everyday too.
Luckily his wife is a Laconic jewellery fan already so it was easy for me to check which pieces she had and base my designs upon these styles already worn everyday.
Designing jewellery with diamonds
As this design was to incorporate diamonds, it was important to find out what shape of stone R would like in the design. This helps during the sketching process so I can design accurately with attention to detail. In our initial chat, R settled on a round brilliant cut, which was great for me to go away and come up with some ideas and research which stones were available and start to get some quotes too.
R knew that his wife had expressed interest in lab grown diamonds, which I’ve never worked with before. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a diamond lab and knew that these were a great sustainable alternative to natural mined diamonds. Of course, the sustainability and ethical side depends upon how the lab operates too! You could argue that not all lab grown diamonds are sustainable and ethical, or one source may be more so than the other!
Crafting the jewellery
When these diamonds arrived I was blown away by the quality of them! I couldn’t wait to get these set into gold to really show off their fire!
R had mentioned that he’d leave the design up to me, since I’m the jewellery designer. I came up with a few designs for both the earrings and pendant, so that R would have the final decision on what he chose for his wife. I loved the simplicity of the design he opted to go for.
He really loved the earring design which was a pair of classic diamond studs that could be worn simply as they are or have an earring jacket attached to change the style. Two pairs of earrings in one! The pendant matches the form of the jackets, leading the eye up to the diamond which remains the star of the show.
Telling the story
For this project it was made extra special by creating an additional photo book which contains images and text showing the design process. Allowing a behind the scenes glimpse at how these pieces were made, telling the story of how they were designed and crafted to life.
When R had gifted these pieces to his wife, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me saying that she was a little speechless. I really love when a gift is so special, that sometimes few or little words are needed at all.
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