BOLD – UNIQUE – ORIGINAL
Karen Will Create Your Own Love Story
BRINGING IDEAS INTO REALITY
I have had many bespoke commissions from my clients to make engagement rings, wedding rings, replicating heirloom pieces of jewellery, re-modelling and incorporating precious heirloom pieces into a more modern, contemporary setting and more.
I work with you to discuss what it is you have in mind and how best to create it. You may have a strong idea of what you want, or you may have just an element of a design which can be incorporated into the final piece.
I love working with my clients to create something that is special and meaningful to them – something that they have had a part in creating.
Here are some examples of my bespoke creations…
As we here in Victoria, Australia are living in another lockdown due to Covid19 outbreaks, my latest pieces have a relevant tale. A friend lives in Tuscany, Italy – her daughter lives in Victoria, Australia with her partner and beautiful little boy who is nearly two and a brand new baby daughter born last month. Paola so wished she could come to Australia to visit her daughter and her family – unfortunately due to Covid, she could not. She asked me to make rings for her daughter and her partner and a bracelet for her grandson. Not quite the same as having Nonna with her family, but something for them to keep forever that was devised and planned with so much love, thousands of miles away. Many thanks to another friend Heather Bryant who made the gorgeous adjustable leather band. These are the kind of commissions that I love so much. I love my job!
THE BACKSTORY OF THESE PIECES IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY
Some years ago my client’s parents gave her a gorgeous heavy sterling silver chain necklace. Her mum suggested it may be a little heavy for her small frame, but Leza had chosen the chain …. it was ‘the one’. After a while, deciding her mother was right, the chain sat in the jewellery box for a number of years. Fast forward to 2020 (the year we all wanted to fast forward from!), both of Leza’s parents were diagnosed with serious illnesses. Leza contacted me to see if I could make something for her using the silver from the necklace, that was going to be a special something for her to keep her parents close. After some deliberation we decided to make several pieces and keep part of that beautiful chain intact by making it into a bracelet. For now we have managed to get two rings, the bracelet and a pair of earrings from the necklace (there will be more to come). The most important piece was the fingerprint ring. Leza wanted a piece of jewellery that held a part of her parents – a spinner ring she can turn in thought and meditation, while wearing their fingerprints against her skin. Gosh I love my job! (PS: her mum’s fingerprint is etched as it is – most unusual). Thank you Leza for trusting me with your special jewellery.
THE ‘ANTI-CLASTIC BANGLE WITH 18CT GOLD BANDS’
This bangle was a special order for the sister of my client. Her children’s names are etched on the inside edge of the bangle which is surrounded by 18ct gold spinning bands. One of her children had a life-threatening disease which, thankfully she has overcome. The sterling silver bangle has gentle waves and curves in which the gold bands sit. When the bangle moves it makes a very sweet and gentle tinkling sound. A very special commission for a special family.
THE ‘ASKING RING’
Here is one I worked on recently – An ‘Asking Ring’ in sterling silver and 18ct gold band with a black pearl sitting in an 18ct gold halo dome. He asked – she said yes! I love all this romance.
THE ‘LOVE’ RINGS’
I was approached by a lovely couple at one of my local markets that I love doing. They wanted rings for each other as symbols of their love for each other. They didn’t want matching rings, but matching etching on the inside was their only request that would make the rings a pair. She loves stars and wanted them incorporated into a spinner ring. He wanted a big, strong ring using infinity symbols to represent their love. I just love a good love story!
THE ‘BAMBOO BANGLE’
A lovely client of mine contacted me with an idea of creating a set of family heirlooms. Wendy’s 95 year-old mother Mary had recently moved into aged care. For most of her 95 years Mary has worn two precious heirlooms of her own – two Silver clasped Bamboo Bangles that once belonged to her own mother. Many years and many repairs have seen the bangles’ clasps soldered closed, but considering their age, and the fact that Mary and her mother have worn them so often, for so long, they were in pretty good condition.
Wendy wanted each female member of the family to have a bamboo bangle like Mary’s – a special link for each of them to their much loved mother, mother-in-law and grandmother … a special link also, between each female member of the family.
THE ‘FEATHER’ RING
I was asked to create a feather ring for a gift for the daughter of a couple who had collected a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo feather many years ago. The colours of the feather had faded somewhat and the condition was poor. However we managed to make this little feather into a beautiful ring for their 18 year old’s birthday. It has been a bit of a cut and pasting job, however has resulted in a beautiful piece of jewellery which will be treasured because of the story behind the feather. The colours remind me a little of tortoise shell.