I am always busy making commissions, whether for weddings, engagements, anniversaries, or otherwise for special and personal gifts. I am proud to work to the highest standards, and to provide my customers with a thoroughly enjoyable experience from the first sketched idea, to it's completion and presentation.
As with all of my jewellery, every commission is unique, with it's own character due to the traditional hand working techniques that I apply.
After an initial discussion I will provide you with several sketches free of charge for you to choose your preferred design. A collection date is agreed, usually four to six weeks ahead, though I will work to a shorter timescale wherever this is possible. A 50% deposit is then paid.
Prior to the setting of any stones I will ask you to call in for a fitting of the jewellery.
Please browse through the selection of the many commissions that I have undertaken, and also see the testimonials page
These are just some of the designs which can be seen on the shop pages of the website, and all are available to order in sterling silver, 9ct and 18ct golds
Here is the special ring that I have made for Helen, in silver, and 18ct golds, with Tourmalines, Opal, Diamonds and Moonstones. It commemorates the lives of her dear parents, who gave so much love to her, and to the many children whom they fostered, enabling them to grow, each one, into fine adults.
Helen specially chose these gemstones for their significance:
Tourmaline - To represent her parents love and support
Opal - October birthstone - Helen's dad's birthday month - to represent his protective and loyalty to his family
Swiss Blue Topaz - which symbolizes honesty and deep emotional attachment - for both her parents
Moonstone - symbolising a nourishing, deeply feminine energy- to represent the healing, calming and protective energies of her Mother
Diamonds - to represent faithfulness and absolute truth - Helen's parents gave them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I often upcycle my customers unworn jewellery which has sentimental value, into new fresh designs. I made this ring for Heather last week, for her to give to her Daughter. The five Diamonds were in traditional settings. I melted down the original gold ring to form a round polished band. The Diamonds are set in simple bezel cases, which gives the ring a contemporary style
Here are Carole and Gerry's Wedding rings, with Carole's Engagement ring with Sapphires and Diamond
And here, again, now with studio photographs, is the Engagement ring that David has just given to his love, Jude, following his proposal to her, when they were in Rome on holiday. It's a seed pod ring in 9ct yellow and white golds, with a 3,5mm Diamond
Tonight, here are three special organic rings I've made in the last few weeks for couples affirming their love, becoming engaged, and getting married. First is a narrow Wild Wood commitment ring for Suzanne, in 9ct white gold, with a 3mm London Blue Topaz, and a 2.5mm Emerald
Here's the wide organic cuff. And it is dramatic! With numerous Opals, all from Australia, where Vania lived several years ago.
I have also made this special ring for Linda in the last few days. Wild rose Leaves densely entwine all around the ring, interspersed with Rubies and Diamonds that I have upcycled from Linda’s Grandmother’s jewellery. Her Granny’s name was Lily Rose, and Rose is also a middle name in several of her descendants, so this ring is a poetic remembrance of a much loved lady, and of her family
I loved creating such an intricate array of leaves and tendrils, which again is inspired by Art Nouveau /Arts and Crafts Movement jewellery. Each leaf, though like that of a Wild Rose, has been smoothed to make the ring comfortable to wear. I was also really inspired by the intricate naturalistic carvings of leaves (Oak) that you can see decorating the stairway of Leeds Central library. These are an example of Nineteenth Century Gothic Revival design. The following post shows a detail from the stairway and also my silver leaf vine before I attached it to the ring
And here are the completed rings. I upcycled the absolutely gorgeous old cushion shaped Diamond, that had been set in Rachel’s Father’s ring, into an Entwining leaves ring, which was also made from Rachel’s inherited gold jewellery.I made a second, complimentary Entwining leaves ring with an extra fine Opal and Pearl.The rings are yellow and rose golds. I was able to create a rose gold alloy by melting Rachel’s 22ct jewellery with copperThe rings are very special for Rachel, imbued as they are with memories of her loving parents.
And also, I made this finely hammered gold band, by upcycling the gold in Alison's Engagement and Wedding rings. I have put the several Rubies and Diamonds, from the rings, aside to make another organic ring for Alison, later this year. This band has a nice weight, is 6mm wide by 2.5mm deep, and is very tactile
Here's the Wild Flowers bracelet that I was making yesterday. With 3mm - 4.5mm Amethysts, and 3mm Pink Tourmaline. Delicate tendrils entwine to form the band, evoking the wild flowers of the forest. Available in small, medium and large sizesFor the Autumn, I am designing more similar bracelets, with fewers flowers, with or without gemstones, from £130, and with matching jewellery to form the collection
Here is the Anniversary ring that I have made for Suzanne and Ken, which celebrates Ken's Scottish ancestry. Taking a historic motif, and adapting it for my organic design, I upcycled Suzanne's gold jewellery to make a Fleur De Lis entwine the ring. The emblem, which is a stylised Lily, was a Medieval symbol of the French crown, was also adopted by the Scottish Jacobites, and is included in the crest of Ken's Campbell Clan. The Lapis Lazuli and Diamond represent the blue and white of the Scottish flag, The red Spinel, beyond the Amethyst, is Ken's birthstone.
Here is an unusual Sapphire Wedding ring that I have made for Louise, who is Artistic Director of locally based, Libellule Theatre. https://www.facebook.com/libellulewings/The Sapphires, which are upcycled from Louise’s inherited family ring, are flush set in a flowing line, like an ocean wave, upon which her Engagement boat ring sails. Also, here is an image of the Wedding ring by itself, showing the fourth Sapphire that is set on the far side of the boat.I love the Engagement ring which has been made by Barcelona based jeweller Walter Chen: http://walterchen-monteazul.blogspot.com/ who cast a paper origami boat in silver. You can see the original paper fold lines in the boat.Casting is a fascinating ancient metalworking technique. In a few days I will be posting on Facebook, a sea inspired ring, which I am making by initially carving a wax ring, which will be cast in my customer's upcycled gold...The Wedding ring is brushed silver, 7mm wide. Although this design is unique I can make a similar design with any combination, size and quantity of gemstones. The sky's the limit
Well, that was a busy three weeks since last post. Now I have a treasure trove of interesting commissions to share each night this week. Lots of ideas for unique rings for all occasions, and some lovely bracelets too. So here goes..
I made this Forest ring for Sophie, who is an Art student from the USA, and has just completed a semester at Leeds College of Art. It is a special ring commissioned by her proud parents. The band is a 9ct yellow gold 6mm x 2.5mm oval profile, with flush set Mozambique Garnet, Madeira Citrine, Green Tourmaline Golden Citrine and Peridot. Beautiful Autumnal hues
Here is the Lily of the Valley ring that I have made for Louise's special birthday. A miniature woodland scene, which curls all around the ring. I love Art Nouveau jewellery, and I wanted to create the ring in this style, with intricate details in a free-flowing design. So here we are. It was hard to choose a favourite image so I've posted quite a few! I was so pleased that Louise loves the ring. it is full of significance for her. The Lily of the Valley flower is her partner, Shaun's, birth flower. The Diamonds, I have upcycled from Louise's Mother's ring. The Sapphire, Peridot and Amethyst each represent family members. So now, each day, Louise can enjoy a fascinating ring and remember her most loved ones.
I’ve also loved making this Aster flower pendant for Louise. I made the flower petal by petal, heat texturing each one so that they evoke the natural velvety imperfect form of actual petals. I hand made a linked silver chain and suspended the cushion Aquamarine from beneath the flower, inspired by Art Nouveau jewellery. Louise commissioned me to make the pendant as a special 21st Birthday gift for her Niece, Helen. The Aquamarine was originally set in a birthday ring for Louise’s own beloved Mother, whom Helen also dearly loved. Now the gem is passed on to her in loving memory, while the Sapphire at the heart of the Aster, is her own Birth stone. The Aster is her Birth flower ??
Here are some new nature inspired designs that I’ve made recently. This is a delicate 2.3mm wide, Lichen textured twiggy ring, a white gold Eternity band, flush set with 18 brilliant 1mm Diamonds. I made this for Christopher and his partner, to celebrate the birth of their baby in May.In 9ct gold, the ring is £620. In sterling silver it is £395
So that Sun’s going to shine today, upon the Wedding of my lovely customers Amy and Ian. Singer and lighting technician apiece at Opera North. Their special day is at the beautiful Octagonal Methodist chapel in Heptonstall, in the Pennines. And I was honoured to make their Wedding rings.Amy’s is a delicate 18ct yellow, rose and white gold Ivy leaves ring, curling around her Engagement ring. Ian’s ring is an 6mm 18ct white gold Bark ring.Leeds Corn Exchange
Now here is a beautiful story and a special ring. Rory, a multi-talented landscape photographer, and musician from Barnsley, met Elizabeth 5 years ago at Salisbury Cathedral, where Elizabeth, a trained stained glass artist from the Czech Republic, was working as a stained glass conservator. Now, to celebrate the fifth Anniversary of their being together, Rory asked me to make a ring full of the gemstones that Elizabeth loves. Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Citrine and Quartz. I did so, flush setting 21 gems around this rose gold Eternity ring. And, this last weekend, during a walk in the countryside, Rory surprised her, giving to her this beautiful ring. I love stained glass as well, and to me this ring is a like a medieval windowRory Garforth Photographyhttps://www.elizabethsinkova-glass.com/
"Thank you Stephen. I absolutely love my new ring. It means so much more to have my original rings upcycled in my home town. Your professionalism from start to finish has been outstanding. I can not recommend you highly enough. Many Thanks again. Rachel " Rachel Bardsley, April 2019
Working through my orders today. I was asked by my customer to turn her Father’s Signet ring into a delicate ring, that has special meaning, for her Daughter to wear. And here we are. I retained the Signet monogram and melted down the shoulders and ring shank to form a simple hammered oval profile. For her daughter to treasure forever
And here, sitting upon one of Anne’s gorgeous little artworks, which we also have for sale in the shop, is a simple hammered silver ring with a brilliant 1.2mm flush-set Diamond. It means the world to Lena and Mazzorello, expressing their commitment to one another
Here’s a simple and wearable silver Wild Wood ring that I’ve made for Emma this week, with the two Amethysts that she loves. The stones are 4mm and 3mm, the ring upto 8mm wide.I make lots of variations of this design, single or multiple stones, large and small, all the colours of the Rainbow. This ring, with Amethysts is £230
Here is a special silver and gold Birthday ring that I have recently made for Catherine.The gems are a 6mm x 4mm London Blue Topaz, a 5mm x 4mm mossy Green Tourmaline, and a 5mm Peridot
I made this ring today as a Mother’s Day gift for my customer, to give to his wife, from their two Daughters. The gemstones, Opal and Sapphire, are the children’s birth stones.The Opal is a beautiful 3.5mm XX fine gem, and the Sapphire is a Corn Flower 2.5mm gem from Sri Lanka
Here’s a high res image of the Ocean ring that I made for Mary. It’s a hammered silver oval profile, 4.7mm wide, with a sparkling kaleidoscope of Blue Topaz gems, from 2-3mm diameter.
It’s been a busy busy time recently, and here are some of my recent special commissions for customers.Firstly here is a Rose and White gold Entwining Oak leaves Engagement ring, (still a secret) with a 3.25mm square Diamond
Here’s the Ivy leaves ring that I have made for Julie, in loving memory of her Mum. I upcycled gold from her Mother’s rings to create the leaves which curl around the silver band within an oxidised channel
A very beautiful story of love, sorrow, and renewal.I posted recently about the Engagement ring that I made for Louise and Jack, by upcycling the original Engagement ring that Louise’s Father, Gerry had given to her Mother, Helen, upon their own Engagement. Helen sadly passed away, and Gerry movingly wished for me to adapt her ring for his Daughter’s Engagement. Now Gerry has found love anew with Carole, who also had lost her own husband. A special shared sorrow and love for one another, that has given new meaning to their lives.I was delighted to make their Engagement ring in the last few weeks, as well as for Gerry’s Daughter. A joyful year for both couples.Here is Carole’s Engagement ring. It is in my Wild Wood style with a 3.7mm Diamond, and Corn Flower Sapphires in different blue tones. Yellow and rose golds with an overflowing seed cluster
Here is a pendant that I made for Marzena in the last few days, with four Ivy leaves on a branch, and a 3mm Tsavorite. Similar pendants are £130
And here is the completed ring, with six more smaller flush set Diamonds.I am making an Ocean ring this week with many different Blue Topaz stones flowing around the band, I'll show you then how I flush set these.More projects tomorrow ?...
Here's the Midnight landscape ring. It has a quirky, quite Gothic feel. I love the gnarled trees, the flight of the Crow out of the night sky, and the Moonstone full Moon. This was a special, unusual commission, a remembrance ring for Diane to remember her much loved husband.
Here is the Wild Wood Wedding ring that I have made in January for Louise and Steven, who are getting married on Valentines Day!It is 9ct white yellow and Rose golds, with a 2mm deep red Ruby and a brilliant 2.25mm G.vs grade Diamond.
Upcycling is something that I do frequently for customers, who bring unworn items to me, to be re-born into a fresh new design which contains all the love and memory that was wrapped up in the original item.And so here with this special 18ct gold ring. It originally was Helen’s Wedding ring. Helen sadly passed away, and her Husband wished me to re-craft the ring into an Engagement ring, to be given to Louise, his daughter by her Fiancé, Jack.Louise loves purple, so I suggested adding this trio of purple Sapphires, whose brilliance matches the starry engravingAnd she said “yes” 🥰😊
Here are the final pre-Christmas commissions that I completed today (Back later this week with a fresh clutch of stacking ring commissions...)Here are two mysterious Moon Shadow seed pod rings with 2mm and 2.5mm Diamonds, the right hand ring with a mix of silver and gold seeds
I do love this special Wedding ring, that I completed for Sandra on Monday. Echoes of medieval jewellery, and shimmering golden frescoes, of long lost sunken treasure, and also with inspiration a-plenty from Gustav Klimt. Upcycled Diamonds , 18ct gold, with new added 18ct gold, on silver, a 6.5mm earthy red Mozambique Garnet and Madeira Citrine, fine quality bright Emeralds, and an electric Swiss Blue Topaz.I'm looking forward to making lots more unique and artistic rings in 2019
Swallow and leaves Anniversary ring. Silver and 9ct gold. My customer gave the ring to his wife when they visited Hadrian's Wall
Blossom necklet. 22ct gold upcycled from my customer's unworn jewellery, and silver
Organic textured Anniversary ring. 9ct gold, 2mm, 1.75m & 1.5mm G.Vs diamonds
Wedding ring set. 9ct rose gold leaves and tendrils, on silver. 1.5mm Swiss and London Blue Topaz
Wedding ring set. Seed cluster and simple tendril rings. 9ct white gold
Silver infinity Anniversary ring. Aquamarine, Emerald and Garnet
Wedding ring set leaves and curling tendrils. 18ct rose and yellow golds. Part upcycled from the couple's inherited 1/4 Krugerands
Leaf and tendril Bridesmaids earings. 18ct rose and yellow golds. Part upcycled from the couple's inherited 1/4 Krugerands
Silver ang 9ct gold entwining tendril ring with 4mm Peridot, 4mm x 3mm Green Tourmaline and London Blue Topaz.
Silver Egyptian snake bracelet with Tsavorite eyes. An Anniversary gift
Moon Shadow silver stacking pebble rings, with a 3mm fine bright Emerld and AAAA Aquamarine. A Mother's Day gift
Two organically textured rings upcycled from my customer's inherited 22ct gold Krugerand
Wedding ring set. 18ct high Palladium content white gold. Oval profile. 2.25mm diameter
Anniversary ring. 3mm oval profile. Hammered silver and 9ct gold pebble with flush set 5mm fine Blue Moonstone
Wedding ring. 18ct high Palladium content white gold, with Sri Lanka Saphires and Iolites. Oval profile. 3mm diameter
Ruthenium plated silver and 9ct gold stacking ring with 3.5mm brown diamond and 3mm diamond
9ct gold stacking ring with 2.5mm and 2.25mm diamonds
silver stacking ring with 3.5mm diamond and two 2mm black diamonds.
The previous three rings stacked. The gold and white diamonds are upcycled from jewellery inherited by my customer from her Mother
Oxidised silver and 9ct gold ring with a fine white opal
Entwining leaves ring in silver and 9ct gold with a5mm diamond and Rubies. The gold and gemstones are upcycled from jewellery belonging to my customer's grandmother
Weiner brooch 1. Commissioned for a birthday with Peridots. Reticulated silver and filigree. Inspired by Austrian Seccessionist Art Nouveau
Silver and 22ct gold locket with Swiss Blue Topaz, and Garnet. The gold is upcycled from my customer's unworn jewellery
The open locket reveals the hidden garnet within it
Acorn cup hammered silver stacking ring with a 7mm round Rhodolite. The ring is 4mm diameter oval profile
Silver pebble ring with a flush set 3mm Swiss Blue Topaz
Weiner brooch 2. A birthday commission with Peridots
Triple pebble ring in 9ct gold with flush set 5mm and 3mm Swiss Blue Topaz. A birthday commission
Seed cluster ring in 9ct gold with a 2,5mm London Blue Topaz
silver scallop shell, oak leaves and acorns bracelet inspired by my customer having walked the length of the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compestella in Spain
Santiago de Compestella braclelet, side view, shows the intriacate leaf and acorn decoration
Silver pebble locket. A birtday commission
Oxidised silver seed pod ring with Amethyst supplied by my customer
Oxidised silver and 9ct gold seed pod ring with pearl supplied by my customer, from her mother's inherited necklace
silver flower earings with earwires forming the flower's stalk
Hammered silver and 9ct gold ring with Swiss Blue Topaz
Organic textured ring inspired by weathered surfaces. 9ct gold and diamonds upcycled from my customer's inherited jewellery
silver and 18ct gold tendril ring commission with a 2mm and 1.75mm G.Vs diamonds
Wedding ring set in silver and 9ct gold with Madeira Citrines and a G.Vs diamond
Eternity ring commission in 18ct high Palladium content white,and yellow gold
Birthday commission of a bold oxidised silver Hamsa pendant, with a 5mm Peridot
Re-modelled wedding ring including the original Diamond inherited from my customer's grandmother. Silver, 9ct rose gold and diamonds
Eternity ring commission celebrating my customer's three children. Oxidised silver and 18ct gold with Thai and Mozambique garnets
Wedding and Engagement entwining ivy ring set in 9ct white gold with a 5mm Blue Moonstone, 2mm Aquamarine and 1.75mm Ruby
Small filigree silver hamsa pendant with a 2mm Swiss Blue Topaz set in a flower
Flower posy ring in upcycled silver, 9ct gold and diamonds belonging to my customer
Midsummer Night's Dream commissioned silver necket with two articulated kissing doves, and leaves set withvarious green gems: Sapphire, Peridot, Emerald and Tourmaline
One of a pair of commissioned Celtic silver Wedding bracelets. With a 10mm x 8mm Swiss Blue Topaz
The Bridegroom's silver celtic Wedding bracelet
Commissioned silver Wedding ring with a 5mm Swiss Blue Topaz
The silver wedding ring with interlocking Amethyst Engagement ring
Celtic bracelet commission for my Customer's God-daughter
Silver Engagement ring wit Onynx, inspired by my customer's Fiance's dream of a ring design
Silver and 9ct gold tendril ring commission with a 5mm Emerald, 3mm Peridot and 2mm Green Tourmaline
9ct white and yellow gold tendril ring commission, with a 5mm London Blue Topaz, 3mm fine Blue Moonstone and 2mm Diamond
Hammered silver cocktail ring commission with a 4mm and two 3mm diamonds
Wedding ring commission in 9ct rose and yellow golds, with upcycled rose gold and garnets from the Bride's jewellery inherited from her Mother
The grooms matching Wedding ring in 9ct rose and yellow golds, also including upcycled gold from his bride's inherited jewellery
Upcycled 9ct ring commission, with a 3mm Garnet
Man's wedding ring commission in hammered silver and 9ct gold
Man's silver bracelet with moving kissing doves. Made to vatch the Midsummer Night's Dream necklet
Intricate Ivy leaves torque bracelet in silver. The torque is upcycled from my customer's Tibetan fine silver bangle
Commissioned ring in 9ct rose and yellow golds, with 2mm rubies
Silver Engagement tendrils ring with a Swiss Blue Topaz heart
The Moon over the fields bracelet commission. Silver and 9ct gold with an 8mm White Moonstone and two 5mm x 3mm Peridots
Silver Fungae ring commission
Silver hair locket bracelet designed with Kazakhstan motifs to remember my customer's boyfriend, who died in that country, while on a sponsored long distance bike ride to raise money for Kazakh school children
Patterns in the Sand Wedding ring commission in 18ct yellow and white golds, with Amethysts and pearls
Wedding ring set in 9ct rose and white golds
Art Nouveau inspired silver and 9ct gold bracelet commission. With fine white opals
Weiner brooch 3 commission. Reticulated silver and filigree with opals and pearls
Etched silver bracelet to remember my customer's wife, who died
Upcycled 9ct gold ring with Aquamarine. Made from my customer's Mother's jewellery
The back of the ring. I made it with an interesting contrast of filigree and reticulated gold, which has a bark like texture
Upcycled oak leaf filigree ring commission with Sri Lanka Sapphires
The back of the ring has an interesting seed cluster and tendrils
Upcycled 9ct gold bold shield ring with an 8mm Swiss Blue Topaz. It is made from my customer's brother's jewellery, and combines delicate filigree and a reticulated bark-like textured panel with applique leaves and tendrils
The back of the shield ring
Upcycled 9ct and 18ct nest ring with an Emerald and diamonds
Celtic Wedding ring set in 22ct gold
Silver Christening spoon commission, inspired by Austrian Seccessionist Art Nouveau
Fine silver fish and coral christening spoon commission for a boy living in the Carribean
Wedding ring commission in silver and 9ct gold, with a pearl. I upcycled the Bride's Mother's jewellery
Entwining leaves Wedding ring commission in 9ct white and rose golds, with 2mm Emerald and Opal
The matching Bridegroom's wedding ring in oxidised silver and wood inlay
Silver and 9ct yellow and rose gold ring commissions for a Father and Son. I upcycled a ring belonging to the Grandfather, cutting the original Bloodstone in two
Oxidised silver bark ring commission, with silver seed granules. To remember the girlfiend's partner while he is overseas
Art Nouveau inspired silver and 9ct gold bracelet commission, with Swiss Blue Topaz
Galadriel inspired silver bracelet commission, with 10mm x 8mm Amethyst
Commissoned stacking rings in silver, 9ct yellow and rose golds, with pale Citrine, Madeira Citrine, Mozambique Garnet and Smoky Quartz
Upcycled Anniversary ring set in silver and 9ct gold, with a pearl
Upcycled 9ct gold wedding ring set, made from the Bride's Mother's jewellery
Upcycled Engagement ring in 9ct yellow and rose gold,with seed pearls. Made from jewellery belonging to the Fiance's Mother
Hammered silver oval profile ring with 18ct gold set white Opal and Blue Moonstones. An Engagement commission
Man's Wedding ring commission in silver, 9ct rose and yellow golds