Every once in a while, the SWJ team will have a customer who would like a ring inspired by vintage pieces of jewellery that they own, often that have been passed down to them, from earrings to brooches . As SWJ often bases many of its designs on antique jewellery, this is always an enjoyable challenge, especially hearing about the family heirlooms story! This allows us to bring together the new and the old by using old design with new materials and techniques.
Earlier this year we had a customer who came to us with a gorgeous family brooch that had been handed down to him. It was extremely important to him to somehow incorporate this precious piece of jewellery into his future fiancés engagement ring. Here is a little record of our process from antique heirloom to a sparkling new engagement ring!
The beautiful antique brooch at the start!
Our customer showed us some design ideas that he particularly liked at one of Simon’s design discussions. An extremely important part of the process, especially when antique jewellery is involved. During the next few days and weeks ideas were discussed back and forth to ensure that SWJ made the perfect ring for our customer, both aesthetically and structurally, all while keeping that lovely charm of the original piece.
And finally, the sparkling end result!! The SWJ team were pretty proud of this one. Whilst creating a new engagement ring, Simon managed to retain some of the brooches influence. As well as incorporating some little features such as the gorgeous filigree work underneath, to echo the era of the original piece.