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This summer's wedding rings October 05 2015, 0 Comments

This summer I made a few wedding rings and now that the ceremonies have taken place I can share some images with you all. Making wedding rings is always exciting as these are such personal pieces and it's wonderful to be involved in these special days.

These rings made for Dominique and William are 2mm versions of my elegant hammered bands, slightly heavier and with the same sparkly texture.

For Katharine  I made a slightly slimmer version of the hammered band at 1.3mm wide to sit with the very slim band of her engagement ring. Her husband chose a rose gold court ring.

For my good friend Holly after a few prototypes we settled on a subtle wishbone in 9ct white gold. Her husband Jim picked an ever popular court band also in 9ct white.

Above is another image of Holly's ring, and a hammered band in 18ct gold for Rachel. On the bottom row is an 18ct white gold band, made slightly slimmer to sit under the stone of an engagement ring for another Holly, and a rocking wishbone and skinny band.

Most of these rings are based on my standard designs, but I am able to tweak these to sit with specific engagement rings or just to suit your style. Send me an email if you would like to discuss your rings. I would love to hear from you.

nikki@nikkistarkjewellery.co.uk

 


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.


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. 


Gemstone Jewellery - Topaz April 08 2014, 1 Comment

I've had a lot of requests for rings with topaz in recently, it is one of my favourite stones against both gold and silver.

Pure topaz is colourless, and white topaz was often used as a diamond substitute before synthetic stones were developed. Impurities in the stone give it different colours naturally, deep red, yellow, pale gray, reddish-orange, blue and brown. It can also be treated to give a variety of colours more uniform colours.

Blue topaz is one of the most common forms, the topaz is normally treated to give a variety of shades of blue, from almost colourless ice blue through to the gorgeously intense London blue, via sky and Swiss. (The image below shows, from top to bottom, amethyst, ice blue topaz, London blue topaz.)

The name topaz comes from the ancient Greek name for St John's Island in the Red Sea where a yellow stone was mined in ancient times. Historically topaz referred to any yellow stone, the name now refers to a specific type of silicate, regardless of the colour.

My baguette rings, and my Stella ring are available with a variety of shades of blue topaz, deep London blue is wonderful against silver or gold, and the lighter blue shades are very pretty in silver rings. Send me an email for a quote.

nikki@nikkistarkjewellery.co.uk


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.