Recently I turned 40, which for anyone who has turned 40 you will understand that it can be a very interesting time. My dear cousin who is 3 months younger than me turned 40 as well and I wanted to mark the occasion by creating something very special for him.
I spent a lot of time with my cousin in my formative years, we both spent a lot of time with our grandparents. When you reach the big 40 nostalgia becomes compulsory and I found myself wondering what I could make my cousin that would be special, wearable, unique and inspired by our grandparents.
Our Grandma passed away last year at the ripe old age of 99 and we were both very close to her. For me she was an amazing inspiration, mother of 9 children, a teacher and a dear friend to me. She was a true matriarch of our family and my cousin and I have so many fond memories of time spent at our grandparents house. My Grandma taught English all her working life and I had no idea that my Grandma designed and commissioned her own set of jewellery. You will see the grapevine inspired necklace and bracelet in this blog post. I fell in love with this simple and elegant design and wondered if I could create something new for my cousins big birthday.
I particularly loved the central leaf shape on the bracelet and used this as a starting point for my design. Once I had isolated the structure I then needed to translate my idea and articluate what I wanted it to look like for my jeweller. I decided that cuff links would be most suitable for everyday use, and the most practical.
I was so pleased with the results and it was quite a challenge to get across how sparkly and bright these beautiful cuff links are through photography.
Each cuff link has been hand cut and hand engraved, and they are truley unique and luxurious.
My design was brought to life by a very talented jeweller based in the North East of England and her engraving specialist. Each cuff link was hand cut and shaped and then hand engraved. It is the attention to detail that makes these beautiful items so unique and special and showcase what wonderful craftsmanship we have in the UK. I was really impressed by how bright, beautiful, luxurious and unique the cuff links are, and it was a very proud moment handing them over to my cousin.
Once these beautiful pieces had been made it did strick me that there is potential to revamp any vintage jewellery item that you might have in your jewellery boxes. Many vintage pieces are simply too valuable and at times too fragile to wear on a daily basis. But using a simple design process it is easy to create something new and unique to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Should you have any bespoke jewellery requirements please feel free to get in touch via our contact page on our website which you will find here I am excited to see what I could create next!! And I am looking forward to hearing from you today.