Commission: River Ring in Silver & Topaz

Last week I finished off this Eternity Ring, a commission inspired by the Braided River ring that I made a couple of months ago. It’s a silver wedding anniversary gift and is designed to sit alongside an existing topaz engagement ring.

It needed to have a slightly simpler feel to it than the original ring so I did a few sketches and we eventually settled on just the two ‘waves’ but added a more obvious line of stones – to evoke the feel of a traditional Eternity Ring.

Topaz and Silver Ring Sketches

Putting it together required some tricky soldering to line up and fix the settings (which sit in a wave, not easy to mark out):

Making  Topaz and Silver Eternity Ring by Becca Williams

and then to add the wires which made up the wave outlines:Making  Topaz and Silver Eternity Ring by Becca Williams 2

Topaz and Silver Eternity Ring by Becca Williams

After a couple of tense moments under the flame I polished it up to a glossy shine and set it with a single sky blue topaz and four clear, white topaz.

The final result looks pretty special:

Eternity Ring Blue & White Topaz by Becca WilliamsEternity Ring Blue & White Topaz by Becca Williams 2

Commission: Palladium & Diamond Engagement Ring

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At the start of the year I made this diamond and palladium engagement ring, for some friends who will be getting married next year. Now that the proposal has happened (and she said ‘yes’) I’m safe to post the photographs without ruining the surprise!

Palladium Diamond Wave Engagement Ring

This ring was designed to be really wearable, but still have a substantial bit of sparkle about it, with a prominent central diamond that’s set quote low – so as not to scratch and catch.

It has a really subtle, curved knife section band, with a comfortable rounded side which sits on your finger and a soft point that faces outwards, forming that bright, polished line which runs around the band and draws your eye right along to the diamond.

The diamond itself is Canadian, a beautiful Princess Cut which is securely set in a bezel.

Here’s how it was made, from drawings to ring:

 

Commission: ‘Braided River’ Silver & Topaz Ring

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I love an original commission and the brief for this one was sent to me by a hydrologist (who studies water and is especially fond of rivers). She wanted to replace her engagement ring and use the blue topaz that had originally been in it in something new.

She sent me some images of braided rivers, to see what I could come up with and I couldn’t have been happier! I find aerial landscape photography particularly fascinating plus, way back in sixth form I did one of my first ever jewellery design projects focusing on rivers!

A while spent playing around with the idea of interwoven tributaries eventually formed into this:

Silver Topaz Ring Design drawings

A wire wrapped silver band where the strands of silver flow around and under the setting like a river ’round an island.

Here’s how this tricky bit of soldering came together:

making the silver and topaz braided river ring Making Silver and Topaz Braided River Ring Collage 2sm Becca Williams Jewellery

And finished up in a band that made a really personal new ring that my customer loved:

silver and topaz braided river engagement ring

Commission: Penstemon Pendant

I just recently sent this freshly finished commission out to a customer, who requested it as a 40th Wedding Anniversary gift.

Penstemon Pendant Commission 10 Becca Williams Jewellery

His wife is particularly fond of penstemons – a tall distinctive plant with these bright, trumpet shaped flowers, a little like a fox glove. I started looking at the shape of the plant and flowers, then drew up a selection of designs to chose from, going for a bold, graphic interpretation of the plant:

Penstemon Pendant 1 Becca Williams Jewellery

My customer settled on the full silhouette of the plant – which was a lot of fun to delicately saw out and polish! The interior is gold plated, like my Estuary series, which adds a lovely contrast to it and the back is subtly engraved, above the hallmark, with the customers wedding and anniversary date:

I am assured that it was very well received and, now that their anniversary has passed, I can share the pictures without risk of spoiling the surprise!

Commission: Bird Bracelet

A few weeks ago I made this cute little silver bird bracelet, as a wedding gift:

 

Becca Williams silver chain bird silhouette bracelet 3smsq


With one catch but two chains the layout makes the little birds look like they’re just swooping past each other in the air as they hang on your wrist.

Here are a few work in progress images:

… do get in touch if you’d like a commission of your own

Commission – Engraved Bangle

This lovely little commission went through the workshop over the summer, the engraved detail comes from a drawing the recipient did on her 21st Birthday.

Edward Smith Bangle 2013 A

The engraving stretches around the front face of the bangle and I was really pleased to get such an interesting design to work into a piece. The main body of the bangle is a reversed D section, with the comfortable curve next to the wrist and the larger, flat surface area facing out to take the engraving.

If you’d like something special commissioned  yourself then do get in touch.

Sapphire Earrings: Part one

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Today I spent some time working on a something for a family friend, making sapphire earrings to match a piece that she’s going to wear on her wedding day.

It was something of a rush job so instead of making a wax carving to cast or getting them put into CAD/CAM production I opted to go all old fashioned and make them totally by hand:

It was actually really nice to get engrossed in something a little different from my usual work, and to have a bit of a challenge too.

So now they’re ready to polish and, after that, the stones will go in (probably sometime next week):

Crescent Pendant Commission

Occasionally I make things to order. Usually it’s for people I know but sometimes I meet someone at a show or they contact me through my website, we draw something up and, well, I make it.

I find that most people like the overall style of my work but want something with a specific twist that makes it more them – and it’s always interesting to see where they take the work. Sometimes a little unexpected inspiration pushes you in a new direction.

So, last week Mr W informed me that a friends birthday was coming up, he’d had a think about it, and he’d like me to make this:

Crescent Sketch

Now, obviously sketches for clients aren’t usually this informal -but that’s what he gave me.

It’s based on the form of a crescent moon and (happily) makes use of the lovely new disc cutter. The basic body of it was a fairly simple set of silver domes, cut to a crescent shape, but the slice that fits between them was slightly more complicated. It took at lot of fitting and careful tapping on mandrels to get it to the correct size/profile but it was so worh it.

Have a look at the finished piece:

Crescent Pendant - Side View

and some in process images too: