Rose gold and a huge pear shaped diamond.

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Rose gold and a huge pear shaped diamond.

I think this is the biggest lab created diamond that I've ever set! Made in 9ct white and fashionable rose gold with the stone set to fit over the top of the client's existing ring. The plan is also to re-model an old family wedding ring to go on the other side.

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My blog won an award!

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My blog won an award!

This is a very short post as it's 23:54pm and I should be fast asleep but for some reason, I decided this time of night was just right for checking my website stats. Well, I think I might check a little more regularly from now on because I just found out that last year I was mentioned on a US blog called Eco Salon and that this week my blog won an award for being at number 36 in the top 100 jewellery blogs!! Here's the cool badge that I can now put on my site....

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Something blue turned a bit green.

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Something blue turned a bit green.

Here are a few photos that show the story of how this rather sparkly palladium, moissanite and lab grown emerald ring came to life. I was particularly pleased with this one so thought I'd share a few more than the usual one or two pics on social media. I also thought it might be of interest because of the materials used.

Palladium is a fairly new precious metal that since the massive rise in the price of gold has become increasingly popular. Personally, I love the colour, a which is virtually identical to platinum and also the added bonus that it's really hardwearing.

Moissanite is a lab grown diamond "alternative" which means it's not a diamond but is almost as hard and to be honest, if you didn't tell anyone, they wouldn't know any different. The lab grown emerald is just as it says on the tin (you'll need to be old enough to remember the Ronseal adverts to get that joke)!

Thank you to it's lucky new owner for the last pic and also for the lovely review left on Etsy.

My original sketch. A bespoke version of my "Something Blue" ring available here in my Etsy shop.

Here's the review:

"...What a wonderful ring and a wonderful jeweller and seller on etsy. Anna has been so helpful throughout the whole process and the ring she has made is a wonderful realisation of her creativity and my contributions at design stage. I loved her 'something blue' ring and wanted to alter the idea a little and I am in love with it :) Thanks once again Anna. I've had so many wonderful compliments too. I'll definitely be back to help with a wedding band :)..."

I hope you like to pics and feel free to leave your comments below. Anna x

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My blog is back!

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My blog is back!

I’ve neglected my blog and newsletter writing lately. Partly because I’ve been so busy making and partly because I’ve been putting all my writing efforts into my “paid” blog writing for Making Jewellery magazine. 

I’m going to attempt to change that though and as its the beginning(ish) of a new academic year, the little bit of teacher that’s still in me is telling me that this is a good time to start afresh. So, I have my laptop, mug of tea, nice music playing and this idea that I’m going to try my very best to make this a bi-weekly offering of what I’ve been up to in (and sometimes out of) my workshop!

I’ve actually just written a lot more than these couple of paragraphs. It was going to be part of todays “blog offering” but I’ve decided what I just written (kind of organically by accident) is just what I want to say in my next Making Jewellery article so, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a bit longer for my words of wisdom on what makes someone “successful”! 

Instead, here’s a few photos of a gorgeous ring set that I actually finished a few weeks ago but I’ve been waiting until I knew that the recipient of the ring had said “yes” before I shared them.

If you'd like to commission something similar just give me a shout! 

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