This ring is part of a silver range of jewellery that i created at the end of 2018.
I normally make one off commissions so this was quite a different journey for me but one I learnt a lot from. The concept was to create a range of art deco inspired jewellery that was accessible to both men and women.
Here’s where it all begins . This is platinum being melted, the melting point of which is 1,768 degrees centigrade. It burns very bright so you can’t look at it with the naked eye and need to wear welding goggles.
Platinum is my metal of choice as its so clean and doesn’t oxidise when soldering, you can also get lovely definition to it when finishing unlike some of the softer metals.
This has to have been the hardest ring I’ve made yet. There were so many elements involved in making this. With any other metal that wouldn’t have been a problem as there are different grades of solder, however rose gold just has the one…to add to that, it is nearly the same melting point as the metal itself.
I was so pleased with the end result though and so was my client.
I always had a vision in my head of having a lovely separate client room where I could create a relaxing environment for my customers. It seemed hard to imagine having this whilst in a small one roomed basement studio in Hatton Garden with no windows, however I got there!
Jewellery is a very personal thing and whatever the monetary value it should be carefully considered without any feelings of pressure. I also wanted a space where I could accommodate a lovely big bunch of lilies!! Silly but true!
This was a really nice job to work on, a large 18ct gold hinged bangle. I was in my element making this as my two favourite things to do are piercing out and making hinges and clasps. I spent hours piercing out this pattern, once done though I had to cut the whole thing in half in order to hinge it. Not something I did gladly though it worked out well in the end.
This is my first ‘Angela Clemmet’ designed ring. I love this ring. The concept behind this range was to make beautiful jewellery that holds no label so to speak and can be worn by both men and women. It’s adaptable and therefore can be truly made as your own. It can be added to or worn on its own but whichever way it will always look like one ring.
This was an order I received from a lovely couple who found an image online of my initial design. They had inherited a beautiful art deco ring and wanted a ring to match and to slot in perfectly with it, hence the little ring at the bottom of this image. The other rings they ordered to go alongside it.
This picture was taken just after setting so was yet to have its final polish.
A true classic. Not a lot more to say on this one. The centre was a lovely 1ct cushion cut so by the time the outer halo’s were set it really was quite a ring.
This was a beautiful wedding set that I was lucky enough to make. Again it involved a lot of piercing out and making hinges and clasps so I was happy. In this picture you don’t see the backwork but every individual hole for the diamonds is backholed with a saw blade.
The main piece is an enhancer so can be unclipped from the pearls allowing you to wear them on their own. The pearls from the earrings were also detachable. Every part of this job was a challange, however I was over the moon with the outcome.
One very lucky lady!
I absolutely love this ring, especially the colour and shape of the tourmaline. This is a design myself and a client came up with for his wife to symbolise what the diamond set eternity ring normally would. I love it when a client is prepared to steer away from the so called tradition in order to express their own unique style and individuality. To me that is what jewellery is all about.
When making someones engagement ring I take a series of photographs to show the process of their ring being made. I think it’s a lovely thing to hand over alongside the ring and makes it all that more personal.
This ring is another of my designs, again with the idea that you can wear it on its own or add to it yet still maintain the overall look that it is just one ring. I wear this ring with two thin sapphire channel set bands either side as I think it frames it well and really turns it into quite a statement.
I must admit when my customer first approached me with the stone combination of this ring I really wasn’t convinced. I had to eat my words though as it turned out brilliantly.
Here is the completed 18ct yellow gold bangle with its side walls attached and the hinge and clasp soldered in and working. This really was quite a bangle, one that I took great pleasure in making.
I redesigned and remade this ring for a client who had bought it in Dubai for her engagement ring. Unfortunately due to the original design it meant that the stones kept falling out. Having had it repaired a number of times she then decided to have it remade. I suggested this design to her as it was much more secure way for the stones to be set, plus it gave it a lovely step down art deco look which I love and is of course my favourite style.
And this is where it is all done! I have to pinch myself at times. My workshop in Hatton Garden was very different. A lot smaller and in a basement with no windows…..when you’ve worked underground for so many years being able to look out of the window to watch the world go by and to get some fresh air in is such a privilege and one that I appreciate daily.
I made this ring around a slice of rough diamond. I remember looking at the stone and being fascinated but at the same time wondering what I was meant to do with it!?! This is what I came up with. I really liked this ring and would have gladly worn it myself.
I designed and made this for a friend who wanted a Christmas gift making for his friend in the states. The colour of this topaz was so vivid and was always going to be quite the statement piece. Any opportunity given I will design something art deco inspired so I went to town with it on this one.
A very simple and timeless classic. This was a beautiful pear shape tanzanite which was not shy in size! When you have such a lovely stone, why complicate it, just let it be.
And here was the completed rose gold cluster. A stunning ring if I do say so myself!! What a challenge but also what a reward when it turned out like this. The pear shape is a 1ct diamond so you can imagine that with the other two tiers of diamonds and the fan effect of tapered baguettes it ended up quite a ring!
I made this years ago for a trade client so don’t remember the exact weight of the centre stone but I do remember that it was big! It is also my favourite cut of diamond….the radiant cut. With the trillion cuts set either side it made for an overall great shape and was a beautiful ring.