Frustration Station

December 13, 2010

It’s been while since my last post and lots of other things have happened in the mean time, Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged, diamonds have been demanding record prices at auction, and one lady in the UK reported the theft of her snowman to the police. But one thing that hasn’t changed??? I’m still no further with finding a suitable diamond to make my fabulous ring. I have a few people on the case, and I was sent some lovely stones again during the week, but they just weren’t right, this time it was size. I have to admit that sourcing a diamond hasn’t been a top priority the last 5/6 weeks, as I’ve been very busy at work. Which isn’t something I’m about to complain about. One of the things that has kept me busy are the Beacon pendants I’m doing for Wish, a fab little shop in Skibbereen. We did a limited edition pendant in August, which proved to be ridiculously popular, so we now have a different design, called Silver Beacon. Also super popular and this time it’s not a limited edition!

Silver Beacon

Now xmas is just around the corner and a part of me would have liked to have had the ring ready by now. It’s a strange deadline xmas, for presents it makes sense. But you hear people say, oh we’ll be moving house and we’ll be in for xmas. Talk about putting yourself under pressure. Having a deadline can be good, as you have something to work towards, but it has to be a realistic one, and for me xmas is such a busy time of year that it was a fanciful deadline to set myself, so I got over it and got on with my work!

I mentioned Kate and William earlier, and maybe its an old story already, and I should have posted about it at the time, but i still think it would have been really nice if they had split the ring between the 2 brothers and then they both could have given their future brides something that was very dear to them. Another reason I say this, is because I think the ring is a little bit too old-fashioned for Kate Middleton. But that’s my humble opinion and I’m also in the business of redesigning jewellery, so its nothing strange to me.

For now I should just worry myself about my own ring….

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where to start?

September 23, 2010

So this is another first for me, starting a blog. The other first is getting engaged and the reason i’m starting this blog. I decided to share with you the process i’ll be going through, in order to design and make my own fabulous wedding band.
I’ve said those words a lot in the past week. I dont like wearing really wide rings and i dont like the look of narrow rings on my hand, so i’m left with one option really, one ring.

Some people reckon I should be wearing an engagement ring, because i’m in the business of designing/making/selling them. And they’re kinda right. So what will probably happen is that i’ll wear my fabulous ring on my right hand first and then when we tie the know, switch over to my left hand. This is a nod to my time spent in Holland, well a good excuse to wear it before the wedding anyway.

I’ve made a few phonecalls and spoken to some of my stone dealers, so we’ll see what will be coming my way in the next few weeks. It’s nice to not be in a rush and to have time to look at stones and decide when i find whats right for me, and not just suitable at the time.

My initial thoughts are to go with an “old cut” diamond, this is a diamond that isnt a perfect cut, and although the name suggests they are old, Victorian, most these days are modern reproductions. They were cut before the modern brilliant cut was designed and they can have a softer look about them. The other option that I’m leaning towards is a cushion cut.

So I’ll wait and see what arrives and then it’ll be down to business and try to come up with a design.