The jewellery ‘makeover’.

I hope your New Year has begun well and if you had the chance to take a Xmas break, I hope you are refreshed and willing to take on whatever 2018 has in store.

Talking recently to a client who brought in a selection of diamond jewellery, the ‘jewellery make-over’ was again the topic of conversation. We discussed options for a pendant design because she already had a number of rings. I began putting pen to paper and so far have five very different styles. I chose to draw a variety of designs to give a wide choice. I often have difficulty in restricting my imagination sometimes because I’m often picturing design options before we finish talking. As clients have often said ‘How will I choose, I love all of them!”

One of the things we specialise in at PIKE is helping customers narrow down a design direction from very different looks. In the case I’ve mentioned above, I introduced a design concept which I thought would suit her  – a romantic feel, not hard edged or severe and she loved the idea. It made me think of a time in the past when there was a shift from hard edged, geometric pieces to an almost free-form ‘botanic’ style pieces containing sweeping curves and flowing lines often incorporating leaves or flowers or scrolls and it was a strong influence around the Art Noveau period.

Yellow and white diamond floral ring.

Yellow and white diamond floral ring.

Jewellery design is always evolving, and I have often thought ‘where will the styles of tomorrow draw inspiration?’ At the moment and over the past decade the fashion seems to have been a slightly antique looking but with a modern twist. Diamond cluster ’halo’ rings are still much loved and have become very popular and have been a contrast to the hard edge look of the late ’90s.

Modern cluster with matching diamond wedding ring.

Modern cluster with matching diamond wedding ring.

I can see a fashion developing as an extension of the cluster designs incorporating open filigree and more decorative styles. I think the decorative element will be balanced and accompanied by metal colours and treatments giving the designs a refreshed modern look. I am investigating the combination of coloured metals such as zirconium, both blackened and in its natural grey colour, with accents of pink, white and yellow gold and if there is diamond content then possibly teamed with an array of precious coloured gems. I have begun sketching some very ‘out there’ versions and I will share them with you over the next few months.

 In the meantime I would like to share with you some images of the beautiful pieces we completed during 2017:

Multi stone diamond ring.

Multi stone diamond ring.

Multi coloured gemstone ring.

Multi coloured gemstone ring.

Sapphire and diamond ring.

Sapphire and diamond ring.

 

Click here to see more.  If you are considering having some pieces made or redesigned, I would love the opportunity to discuss them with you.

Until next month
NicholasX

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