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I’ll confess I was dubious when I took this mokume gane wedding ring on. It’s a similar pattern to rings I’ve made before, using layers of silver, red gold and palladium white gold. The silver is etched to give it a groovy texture. I oxidised patches of it and left others clean, which is what I was dubious about, but it came out really nicely. I’d also recently switched from using 9ct red gold to 14ct red gold, which works much much better, has a stronger bond and doesn’t tend to run together with the silver.

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Look at this! There’s a bloody butterfly in all the twigs and stuff!

(By the way, these bespoke wedding rings are 9ct red gold with a black rhodium plating slightly brushed off. I hand carved them in wax to be cast after designing them specially for my clients.)

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This ring is a testament to how tricky it is finding symbols that people can relate to which they would want on a custom wedding ring. We send a questionnaire out to clients before meeting them and we ask them if there are any symbols that we could use to represent them or their culture or heritage. The man mentioned his Indian heritage and the woman her English, so in the meeting I threw around some ideas that would work with the notional fabric based design we were honing in on. I mentioned Paisley and the woman was very keen as it reminded her of her trip to India years before, but the man (of Indian descent) seemed hesitant. It turned out that he really just felt he was from Yorkshire, so I proposed a Yorkshire rose, which he liked the idea of a lot. The irony is we kept the paisley because it meant so much to the woman and so I’d ended up flipping what I was initially assuming I’d be using for each of them. I was slightly concerned that I was now tokenistically thrusting an Indian design on the man, but that part was the woman’s choice, so it wasn’t really that to do with him. Anyway, it’s 18 carat yellow gold and fits around her engagement ring. It’s bloody lovely and you should order something like it.

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#spinning #sparkler normal mobile phone snap. Bend the wire a bit and they can wiz round like nobody's business. ... See MoreSee Less

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