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Happy New Year! - Recent Rings January 03 2017, 0 Comments

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break.

This poor blog has suffered horribly through the mad rush that was December. I though I would share a few of the commissions I sent out towards the end of last year.

These two hammered palladium bands are 2.5mm and 4mm wide. Palladium is a great choice if you are looking for a white metal that is hard wearing and won't require much looking after.

This 2mm wishbone in 9ct rose gold was to sit with an unusual art deco ring.

Another bespoke wishbone, this time in 18ct yellow gold with quite an exaggerated dip in a teeny size.

I also supplied this 4mm 18ct yellow gold court ring for the groom at this wedding.

Another bespoke wishbone this time in 18ct white gold without rhodium plating. This again was to sit with a vintage style engagement ring.

Some more commissions already in progress for this year, keep an eye on my instagram for images


A birthday commission - unique cast silver rings September 22 2014, 0 Comments

These two unique silver rings were created by lost wax carving. This is a really old technique where a mould is carved from hard wax and then cast into metal.

It is a great technique for creating organic, soft shapes. For this commission I was asked if I could create a unique piece as a birthday present for one of my brother's colleagues. She liked the idea of quite a chunky organic form, and we discussed taking inspiration from something in the natural world, the sea or something growing.

In the end both of the pieces I created were inspired in different ways by the sea. The first ring has a soft, organic shape and a pattern of inscribed lines, reminiscent of sand after the tide has gone out, or of the overlapping ripples in the surf around your feet. This ring has a highly polished silver texture, with a matt finish inside the deep grooves.

The second piece I created is more sculptural, a wave breaking on  the shore.

As these rings were cast from a single carved wax without a mould being made they are totally unique.

Commissioning a carved ring in silver, gold or palladium as a special gift or a wedding ring is the perfect way to have something unique created just for you. I really love creating pieces like this, send me an email if you would like to discuss a commission.


White gold September 08 2014, 0 Comments

Gold, as we all know, is yellow. Definitely very yellow, bright and rich and warm. White gold therefore is in a way an interesting concept. The alloys are created to hide the colour of the gold, and then in most commercial jewellery, covered with a plating of white rhodium, giving a bright white finish.

It wasn't a material that interested me at all until I had a request for a wedding ring in 9ct white gold last year, but I was very taken with the soft, warm colour of the 9ct white, without the layer of plating, and am now adding 9ct white to my skinny ring ranges.

9ct white gold has a lovely soft warmth, the alloy contains a lot of silver so it is similar in colour, but you get a nice warm glow from the gold content. It's a very flattering shade, and goes beautifully with the other colours of 9ct.

18ct is very different, palladium, which is very similar to platinum, is added to the gold, giving the metal a darker colour. It is very similar in appearance to platinum or palladium, although less expensive than platinum. It's a more dramatic option, which can be nice alongside the other colours of 18ct.

My rocking wishbones and stacking bands, both full size and midi, are now available in 9ct white gold, alongside the yellow and rose. Other items are available in white gold via special order, send me an email for options.


Introducing Ria August 18 2014, 0 Comments

My Ria rings are an older design, but I've had a couple of orders for these recently, and had forgotten how cute they can be.

 

As with a lot of my designs the inspiration for these cute little rings came when I was out and about, looking at the jewellery people are wearing. I was sitting on the tube looking at some gorgeous little rings with traditional grain work on them worn by the person sitting next to me.

I wanted to do something which would have some of the same delicacy, but wasn't quite sure where to start, so I cut some teeny little circles of metal and experimented with attaching them to a band. 

The finished result is different each time, the tiny circles of metal are too small for me to exactly place them, they are like a rock fall on a beach, slightly random, the position of the first couple I attach will affect where the others end up.

Available to order in silver or 9ct gold. I make each of these rings from scratch each time, so the pattern will never exactly repeat.

They are nice to stack if the forms are all grouped together at one end, or are very pretty on their own.


A bespoke engagement ring May 19 2014, 0 Comments

Last year I made a bespoke engagement ring for my friend Holly. Her fiancée suggested she might like something art deco in style, white gold and a diamond.

I came up with this simple design, a round diamond set in a bezel on a slim band with some detailing inspired by the chrysler building in New York. It's a very practical design, but the detailing gives it a hint of difference.

 

 

Luckily Holly said yes, and is happy with her unique ring. 

 

 

Engagement rings are very tricky, do you go for traditional or modern? How can you be sure you'll be happy with your choice in the long term?


Bands of silver and gold May 06 2014, 0 Comments

New to my shop this week are these flat band rings in sterling silver and 9ct gold.

I have had a few special orders for these in the last few weeks, so have decided they need a permanent place in the range.

There are 2 weights on offer. The first are 1mm skinny bands which are perfect for combining with your other skinny rings, giving further depth to your stack. These are available hammered or plain, and in sterling silver, 9ct yellow and 9ct rose gold. A mix of plain and textured, as well as the different metals looks really great together.

The second, the 1.5mm bands are heavier, although still slim and elegant. These look great alone, or would be a nice contemporary wedding ring option. The hammered texture gives a subtle sparkle to the surface, I use a really small round ended hammer to add the texture by hand to the completed ring.

These rings are also available in 18ct gold as a special order. Send me an email for a quotation.

nikki@nikkistarkjewellery.co.uk


Cityscape - a contemporary wedding ring April 15 2014, 1 Comment

Just before Christmas I created a special set of my Cityscape rings in 18ct gold, as an unusual and contemporary wedding ring.

My cityscape rings were inspired by a trip to New York last year. Skinny and stackable rings are everywhere, and these particular rings have a set of teeny little columns on top, creating a little skyline across the back of your finger. The unusual angle of this image shows this effect, as each ring is unique, each tiny city will be slightly different. 

These rings are also in 18ct gold, which as a stronger, richer colour than 9ct. At this scale it's still very subtle, but really beautiful. It's difficult to see from the image, but one of these rings is yellow, and the other rose. All of my stacking rings are available in 18ct gold via special order, send me an email for a quotation.

The image above is of the 9ct gold version of these rings, a softer shade of yellow, but still very pretty. These are also available in sterling silver and 9ct rose gold. 


Midi Rings March 25 2014, 0 Comments

One of my favourite current trends are teeny little rings which sit above your knuckles. Midi rings, mid finger rings, or knuckle rings, however you describe them, they add another element to a handful of cute stacking rings.

 

They can take a little bit of getting used to, but my rocking wishbone midi rings are very slim, which makes them really comfy to wear.

Made of solid sterling silver, or 9ct gold. These rings are hand shaped and then hammered with a small round ended hammer to create a very delicate texture. They look great particularly with a full sized rocking wishbone as in the image above. The image below shows a gold version, stacked with a Ria and a Cityscape, on trend but still understated and chic. 

 

 


Gold Jewellery March 18 2014, 1 Comment

As someone who considered herself totally devoted to sterling silver, I have recently been converted to gold jewellery. 

If you haven't purchased any gold before, the few notes below should give you a little more information:

Gold is, in it's natural form, spectacularly yellow. It doesn't tarnish with age, as silver and copper do, but comes up out of the ground shining bright. As with most metals, it is combined with others to create alloys with more useful properties. Gold is very soft for a metal, in it's purest form.

I offer my stacking rings in either 9 or 18ct gold. The term carat comes from the greek word, carob. Dealers would use carob seeds when measuring gold, as they had a uniform weight. The amount of gold in an alloy is measured out of 24 parts. 

18ct gold is therefore 18 parts gold to 6 parts other metals, or around 75% pure gold. 9ct gold is around 37.5% gold.

The 9ct gold which most of my stacking rings are pictured in on this site are very soft in colour, as someone who didn't ever think the bright yellow of gold would suit them, I find their softness hugely flattering. They are much warmer than silver, whilst still being gentle in colour.

 

Before Christmas I produced a set of Cityscape rings in 18ct gold. These were a special order for a wedding ring. At this scale the 18ct gold is still quite subtle, the wider an expanse of a metal, the more obvious the colour. All of my stacking rings are available in 18ct gold via special order, send me an email for a quotation.

If you consider yourself a sterling silver person, 9ct gold is a really nice way to explore bringing a little more colour into your jewellery. If you're a stacking fan, mixing rose and yellow 9ct gold with silver is a great option.