Here’s a chance to have a sneak preview of John’s latest one-off work, before it goes onto our website.
It is a very exciting and vibrantly coloured opal doublet necklace. It must be the summer getting us into a colourful state of mind.
The materials are, from left to right, black onyx, amber, sea bamboo, turquoise, hand carved cocobolo wood with 18ct.gold hoop, opal doublet set in 18ct.gold, amber, green sea bamboo, carnelian and lapis lazuli.
Although we love opals, they are very difficult to work with. It is very frustrating at times however, as they are quite a delicate stone to set. Sadly, we have a number of cracked set opals lying rejected around the workshop. It’s quite heart breaking when they get damaged, especially when we have found a special stone. We try to find unusual brightly coloured ones to use. As the bezel is painstakingly made to each fit each individual opal first, when the opal breaks, the bezel is then of no use either. We give a huge sigh of relief and a cheer when that part of making a necklace is over.
Unfortunately the images here don’t really do the opal justice. It is a beautiful rich deep blue colour with flecks of lighter, electric blue flashing when the light hits it at the right angle. Hopefully John will be able to photograph it in all of it’s glory when he takes pictures of it for our website.
We recently had a commission and the initial brief was very simple, “necklace please and colour, colour, colour”. We love to use various gem stones to add colour to our jewellery but it can be quite difficult balancing one colour and stone shape against another, so this necklace was a bit of a challenge.
We were so pleased with the outcome and thought that the colours and stones on the necklace worked well. Fortunately, our customer loved it also and tells us that she wears it every day! We liked it so much, that we made a similar one for our website, photo’s above and below.
This necklace goes really well with our Arc earring range.
Thank you to everyone who contacted us about our new jewellery range. We are so pleased and encouraged by the reaction and positive feedback that we have received.
We were quite excited about developing this new range. It was a bit of a gamble to spend so much time, energy and investment on the project and then to launch it into the world hoping that other people like it as much as we do. Although it is very exciting, it is also quite an anxious time, so thank you for your lovely comments.
Here are a few more images from the range.
Don’t forget that our 20% off, celebratory discount offer ends tomorrow, Sunday 7th August at midnight.