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I do love Harry Potter. Such a combination of incredible world building and amazing characters that are somehow ridiculous and believable at the same time. Anyway, I figured I should have a go at a Deathly Hallows pendant. This one was for my seven year old daughter, who’s utterly obsessed and knows pretty much every answer in Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit. The ring spins and I made it a bit more tactile. Moving parts are always a bit of a pain, but I made it work.
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I was approached at the market by a man enquiring about making a ring that could be split into two to give to each of his two sons after he dies. He’d thought about having two rings with fine bolts going through them so they could be unscrewed. I’m sceptical about moving parts in wedding rings as I expect the pounding they will receive over the decades to ruin anything like that. If the bolts had been slightly bent they’d be murder to remove and also the thinner bits of metal around the holes in the rings could easily crack. I simplified the whole thing to a perforated join that can be cut through. In theory any wide ring could have been split, but the symbolism seemed important to him. This is in 9ct yellow gold and quite wide. Getting the perforations uniform was the hardest part.
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Harry Potter themed engagement ring! The diamond is held in the antlers of a stag’s head, with a doe facing the other way, in platinum and red gold. This was for a friend of mine and had to be a surprise, which was remarkably tricky. Somewhat awkwardly my friends girlfriend had told her family that she was sure she wasn’t going to get proposed to any time soon because her other half hadn’t seen me recently, so we then couldn’t really meet up, just to complicate things. We were initially trying to think up some sort of Marvel themed ring, but I was struggling to find the romance, then I managed to ‘stealth quiz’ her a bit at the pub and Harry Potter seemed like a good bet. The patronus charms of Harry’s parents seemed like a great bet (or is it something about Snape and Harry? No, that’s really creepy). It’s actually very subtle, you need to look very closely to figure out what’s going on.
www.richardchown.co.uk/product-category/engagement-rings/natural-forms/
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Dance theme for this engagement and wedding ring set, in white and red gold with opals and a sapphire. I was thinking Kandinski-ish thoughts. It was all done remotely without actually meeting the client, which is always a bit nerve wracking. I asked her for images of her favourite dancers and dancey paintings and all the pictures had a very similar line of two strong hard lines coming together at a slightly acute angle with a slightly rounded corner, then some more wiggly lines and movements as contrast. I tried to get the ring to represent these hard and soft movements that might flow together in a dance.Then she said she wanted an uncut sapphire and it got even more complicated! Quite the challenge, but I got there in the end. The engagement ring is in 9ct white gold and the wedding ring to fit next to it is 9ct red gold.
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