I meet lots of lovely couples in my line of work. Sarah and Robalyn are a top-notch example. Couples often come to my studio to design rings together, but for their project each party commissioned a ring unbeknownst to the other.
Sarah reached out to me in January to create a solitaire for Robalyn. She caught me just in time for my annual gem-buying trip in Tucson. With her color palette in mind I was able to sift through vendor after vendor, and parcel after parcel until I picked out just the right diamond for their needs. We set it in 14k yellow gold with a flat, hammered band.
Robalyn returned the favor by creating this ocean-toned band for Sarah. We selected a handful of sapphires in blues, greens, and silvers and agreed on a layout for them to be set into a 14k yellow gold band. We pulled in the same hammered texture from her solitaire ring so the finished pieces would feel related.
Once the cats had been let out of their respective bags, the lovely couple sent me this snap of the two rings resting together along the California Coast. Congratulations Sarah Robalyn!
The countdown is on! In just two short weeks my baby brother Joseph is getting hitched. Yesterday I completed the wedding bands for their ceremony, and I was reminded that Anna’s knockout of an engagement ring had yet to appear on my blog.
Joe and I sneakily designed this ring together. They live on the east coast in North Carolina, and I’m all the way out in San Francisco, so casually showing her jewelry around my shop to learn her style was out of the question. We needed a clever way to get her opinion on designs without the dead giveaway of sitting her down in front of my website.
I had just completed the shoot for my bridal lookbook so I emailed my brother proofs on the premise that I needed help narrowing down to the best photos. He opened the email within Anna’s line of sight, and in no time she was leaning over his shoulder pointing out her favorite pieces. Bingo.
The resulting ring is 18k rose gold with a .60ct rose cut black diamond in the center. It’s surrounded by a border of sparkling white diamonds. All at once it is romantic but edgy, luxe yet casual.
Phew. This 100 day project really doesn’t let up. I originally believed it would be fun and inspiring to draw as I traveled. But as it turns out, it actually adds an extra element of stress to my vacation days (you know… on top of trying to run a business from the road.)
Forgive me if I’m sounding a little negative today, but I’m really frustrated at 64 days in. I’m too far along to back out without feeling guilty. And yet this jewelry season is picking up and I’m struggling to make time. A number of artists who also took on this project have slowly tapered off. I’m determined to see it through on behalf of all of us… but it’s bloody difficult.
But from the ‘half-full’ perspective, in just over a week I’ll be 75% done. That’s something to feel good about.
Day 57 // Sunglasses – a brand new pair for me to rock this summer.
Day 58 – Tissues – Caught a gnarly cold this week and these babies have been essential to my wellbeing.
Day 59 // Purse – It’s going to sound like I’m spendy (I mean, new sunglasses and a new bag in one week?) but I tend to buy these items and use them for an entire year or longer. This week I happened to purchase both.
Day 60 // Succulents – a quick sketch that ended up looking a little cartoony My brother is getting married next month so I planted these cuties into terrarium centerpieces for him.
Day 61 // Lillies – My mother’s garden was exploding with Asian lillies this week.
Day 62 // Radiator – old faithful from my brother’s apartment.
Day 63 // Acoustic Bass – one of my brother’s many bass guitars.
I stumbled into a theme for the drawings of Week 8. I’m a bit of a nature collector and have gathered boxes full of seeds, pods, and leaves over the years. This week I chose to draw a different “pod” each day. Enjoy!
Day 50 // Sweet Gum Pod
Day 51 // Eucalyptus Pod
Day 52 // Bottle brush pods
Day 53 // mystery pod – (If you can identify this pod, please share the answer in the comments!)
Day 54 // Lunaria Silver Dollar Pods
Day 55 // Knobcone pine cone
Day 56 // Ironwood Pod