My client Maribeth visited me in the midst of cancer treatments to talk about her children. “Love Never Fails” was the inscription she wanted inside the four rings she wanted me to make for her two daughters and two sons. I had created rings and lockets for them before when they graduated or for a sweet sixteen, so I knew her family well.
Rings for Maribeth’s Kids
I created four rings, and I carved six grooves in the exterior of each ring to symbolize the six members of their family and their respective paths. I inscribed the message she wanted, and I set a small faceted sapphire on the inside of each ring since Maribeth’s birthstone was a sapphire. She was able to give those rings to her children herself, just weeks before her death. I’m grateful that I was able to see her one last time when she came to the studio to thank me after she had given them the rings. Moments like this remind me that my work is sacred.
Often my clients have pieces of existing jewelry that have some meaning for them (because jewelry is, after all, personal). Perhaps they are pieces that have been inherited or given to them, so there’s an association for them between the piece and the person it brings to mind. When I’m asked if I can use elements from those pieces to create a new piece, the answer is usually yes. Absolutely!
Diana came to my studio with a bag of jewelry. There were lots of silver dolphin charms, some gold pieces from an Italian uncle, and a cocktail ring with a dozen small diamonds. She has three grandchildren, and she wanted to know if we could create something for each of her grandchildren using this array of family jewelry that wasn’t being worn. I assessed her bag of jewelry piece by piece, and then designed and created pieces for each grandchild using the metal, stones and interesting design elements from the old jewelry.
I call this renaissance jewelry.
I have several intentions when I work with a custom client:
- Listening to and honoring the client’s story
- Innovative narrative design
- Unique jewelry of exceptional quality
- Punctual delivery
- Elegant presentation
So how does it work?
Perhaps you’ve never commissioned an artist before. Or maybe this is your first time having something custom made for you. Or, even if you’re a seasoned custom client, my goal is to make the process easy and meaningful for you.
The first step is to set up a time to talk on the phone about what you have in mind. Send me an email to let me know you’re interested. There’s a form below to make this easy for you.
Some things to think about:
Referencing the Sketch….
- For whom would the jewelry piece be made?
- What would it be? A ring? A locket? A necklace? Something else…..
- What’s the reason?
During our initial conversation, I look forward to learning about what you have in mind. Based on your story, design ideas will begin to develop. From there projects proceed through sketches, estimates, deposits, benchwork, process photos, and finally the finished piece.
Through the years, my clients have come to me for all kinds of reasons. I am continually inspired by them and their remarkable approach to life and honoring the relationships they enjoy.
It’s a beautiful parade of narrative, piece after piece, story after story.
I’d love to hear your story. And talk about what I could create to honor you, your loved one, and the story.
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