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A fairly fiddly pair of of earrings I'm working on made from square gold wire. This is one of those jobs that's taking a little longer than anticipated. I'm getting there though.

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Richard says: “It always bugs me when people change words for things. It also bugs me when things are described inaccurately. Therefore I’m still confused about what to think about tiger bread being renamed giraffe bread. Anyway, that not at all meandering tangential train of thought leads up to the anticlimactic revelation that these rings make me think of tiger bread, even though that obviously doesn't exist any more. They are patterned with giraffe print which I hand engraved into 14ct red gold, which is really ridiculously bloody hard, by the way. There are also some foxes hiding in the pattern, as these are two things the couple are very fond of. If you don't see the foxes, it’s a giraffe's neck. If you do, it’s a dried up river bed they’re running along. That probably isn’t in any way important to the client, but it made me happier because foxes running all over giraffes is just silly!”

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It’s quite a faff getting a finger print on the inside of a ring, especially maintaining it through polishing. For quite a while Richard was only comfortable with them on fairly rugged rings, but has recently been including them on some very twinkly eternity rings. We really like the contrast between the sharp crispness of the gems with the random nature of the finger print. This is white gold with diamonds and peridots.

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And we’re back at Greenwich Market! All PPE’d up and stocked with hand sanitiser. We’d love to see some familiar faces 😊

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Richard says: “Having known my brother for 38 of the 40 years he was on the cusp of attaining, I felt it was worth making him something shiny. The great thing about making something for someone who isn’t a client, and therefore isn’t paying me, is that I can do whatever I want! I try very hard to hold onto this mindset when people are paying me, which I suspect makes them more willing to pay me when I can achieve this, but it is a knack. I suspected he’d approve of a signet ring, but styles himself along a kind of minimalist, traditional modernism. That doesn’t have to make sense, people don’t. He’s properly right on. He works for Friends Of The Earth and everything. The question is whether it’s putting the cat amongst the pigeons to blend the middle class symbolism of bike riding vegan environmentalism, with entirely differently middle class symbolism of gold signet rings. There’s only one way to find out. I figured I’d go monogram, and I’d tune into early twentieth century modernist designers. There’s a bit of swirliness here, but I was trying to be geometric as I assembled the HBC, contrasting the vertical lines with the circular vortex of the below. I hope he likes it.”

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