Now, here’s something you may not know about me:
FISH. FREAK. ME. OUT.
I’m the kind of person who will proclaim my love of sushi, and then spend the whole meal chomping down on chicken teriyaki and picking egg rolls off the train.
When I was a child, a little boy, about my age, came over and gifted me one of his prawns at a barbeque. I cried. He got in trouble.
Yes, it’s been a long running phobia. Sea creatures and I don’t get along. So I wasn’t prepared for a request to stick a fish on one of my designs.
The engagement ring design process
Not one for literal interpretations, I must admit I felt pretty stuck. How was I supposed to turn something that made me want to run away screaming into a design that could be treasured forever?
It wasn’t enough just to stick a fish reference somewhere on the ring. It needed to be a prominent, integrated element of the design, but at the same time a subtle secret feature that could be shown off if desired.
I tried Googling fish images, but every other photo I looked at made me cringe.
So yes, there was a lot of scribbling, pondering and head scratching. But when the design finally hit paper, I knew that was the one for sure.
The making of The Fish Ring
The making process started with the search for the perfect green stone. We explored a range of gems: pear shapes in vivid bottle greens, rounds in pale mint tones and princess cuts in blue-green shades.
All were beautiful, but the one that stood out was a 7mm cushion shaped tourmaline. It was a beautiful vivid forest green, laser cut on the bottom to create ripples of light throughout the stone. The lower half (or pavilion) tapered to a wedge instead of a point, which made it pretty damn well perfect for this design!
Also included was a tiny single diamond, about 1.3mm in size. It would be hidden during normal wear, but was strategically placed to become a very important focus of the ring.
And finally, the finished engagement ring
Can you see the fish?
Thinking about your very own special piece?
I am a big fan of what I call “rule-breaking, story-making jewellery”. What does this mean? Well, first of all, it isn’t about flaunting a flashy diamond or choosing something generic out of a chain store window.
Creating a rule-breaking, story-making piece is about exploring what makes you “you”, and using that to design something so personalised, it couldn’t have been made for anyone else.