When clients commission jewellery as a gift for family, a popular theme is birthstones. As you probably know, there is a specific stone (or in some cases more than one stone) associated with each month.
For example, opals or tourmalines are the stones for October. This ring was recently commissioned by a new mother (her daughter is only weeks old!). The mother’s idea was to have a ring made which she could wear herself until her daughter is old enough for it, then it would be passed along to the daughter, essentially creating a family heirloom. This lovely opal, full of fire, is from Cooper Pedy in Australia.
This is first birthstone ring I made. In this case it was for a woman, and the three stones represent her family: the woman, her husband, and their young child. The ring is made of our 20K placer gold, and contains a topaz (December), and ruby (July), and an aquamarine (March).
Mothers often want pieces with one stone representing each of their children. This ring is one I made recently for a woman with three children, one stone for each child. The cost of different stones varies quite a bit, mostly to do with the relative rarity of the stones. The mother said in this case that each stone had to be the same size, regardless of cost, as she didn’t want the children to think that one child was more important than the others! In this ring our 20K gold is accented with a ruby (July), a peridot (August), and an emerald (September). While rubies and emeralds are considerably more expensive than peridots, they are not necessarily more beautiful.
This pendant was commissioned by an adult daughter for her mother. In this case she was less concerned that the stones match in size or shape. I think having the stones different sizes and styles gives a more eclectic look to the piece. The pendant contain a faceted ruby (July), a cabochon sapphire (September), and a pearl (June). The mother was described to me as being a free spirit. I tried to reflect this by incorporating a moving element, the gold balls dangling from the bottom of the pendant. They are hollow balls of 20K gold; essentially handmade gold beads.
I’m always glad to work with clients to design and fabricate jewellery specifically for them. If you would like to discuss a potential project, you can email me.