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Richard Chown, Jeweller and Silversmith
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This was a really delightful job. I was using metal from inherited jewellery given to me by the clients and designing a pair of wedding rings that brought together two women who were getting married. The pattern merges from a celtic knot into a wheat sheaf and back again, which I designed and engraved into gold. The edges are made from platinum rings that they gave me and I melted down. This is partly aesthetic and partly structural. The platinum is much harder than the gold so it should protect the engraving and give it more life. Surface engravings can rub down overtime, so it’s always worth factoring this in.

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Can you see the fox? There’s one on the other side too. The central stone of this custom engagement ring is held in claws made from the ears and tails of the foxes. It’s one of those designs where you have to look very closely to see, which I like as it makes a kind of a code you can show to people if you want, but it's not immediately obvious. There are also smaller stones between the paws and in smaller flowers down the band. This could have appeared over designed, but I think it works. I WANT MORE JOBS LIKE THIS PEOPLE!

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If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air….something something something…..Old Cape Cod! This wedding ring is in the shape of cape cod, while also being made from mokume gane AND fitting around a large two stone engagement ring. Additionally there’s a texture on the band just to mix it up a bit. I engraved the map of Cape Cod onto the ring so it sits half a millimetre higher than the rest of the ring. It’s one of those jobs where I try to do far too many things at once but these all fit together nicely.

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Chondrules. I actually did know what these were from a Dan Brown novel I once read (I really need to name drop some other authors here). Molten bits of rock form in space and so meteorites sometimes have these little lumps in them. I was given the task of recreating this in a ring. I spent quite a while thinking about how to do this. In the end I made lots of molten blobs of platinum and used fine silver to solder them together into a very crude strip. I put this through my rolling mill until it was a bit flatter and soldered a silver back to it to give it some toughness. I then etched the silver down, oxidised it black and polished the platinum really hard to round it off slightly. I was fretting about this for a while because there were so many ways I could have done it and so many things that could have gone wrong. I’m not going to pretend the process looked all that organised all the way through, but I got there in the end.

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