Saturday, September 19, 2009

A twist to the classic wedding bands

Here's one of the private commissions that I've been really excited by.

J told me she wanted her wedding bands to convey a strong sense of artisanal craftsmanship while maintaing the label's organic aesthetic. We spent a long time discussing how we could fuse those requirements with the feminity and glamour that we both liked in wedding bands. In the end, we decided to work with a 3/4 eternity band in the label's signature asymmetrical shank - tiny diamonds (G colour, VS1 clarity) that were pave-set and embellished with milgrain bordering - while hammering the base of the shank, eschewing the traditional high-polish, shiny look that defines 99.9% of traditional wedding jewellery.

Separately, for the groom, we decided to go for 50% reclaimed sterling silver 925 instead of 18KT white gold. We hammered the outside of the shank liberally and had the metal gilded a sandblasted black. This was in stark contrast to the high-shine on the inside, which was embellished with a 0.03 ct white diamond.

Personally, I was just very happy to be able to do a pair of wedding bands that was so much in line with the label's aesthetic. J trusted me implicitly and for that I am very grateful for - the highest compliment one can give a designer is to allow her free reign to "just do what you think works best". Also, I especially liked that the rings attempted to convey a certain sense of authenticity and organic quality that I feel is very much lacking in today's weddings; too often, we work ourselves in a frenzy trying to get everything perfectly symmetrical forgetting that life isn't like that. It is beautiful no doubt, but wholly imperfect.

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