Friday, December 16, 2011

SORRY & MERRY CHRISTMAS

As Christmas fast approaches we have been very busy. So unfortunately this means we have not been able to post any of our projects. We have some great pieces we have made & a video of a wedding ring all in the pipeline for the new year. So we will take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas & a happy new year. Also to thank all our customers for letting us create such fabulous items.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

JEWELLERY CLEANING EVENT

YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR JEWELLERY CLEANING EVENT
SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER
10AM - 4PM
JOIN US FOR A GLASS OF MULLED WINE & A MINCE PIE
FIRST 3 ITEMS CLEANED FOR FREE*
WIN £25.00 GIFT VOUCHER
GOLDSMITH DEMONSTRATION
10% OFF ALL SALES & REPAIRS* 
A SELECTION OF JEWELLERY UP TO 50% OFF

This year we will be joined by the Mayor of Peacehaven.
As part of his on going work with charities we will using the proceeds of our raffle to help with his collection


*Restrictions apply to larger & more integrate pieces
*Sale excludes stationery  

Monday, September 19, 2011

Handmade platinum & gold diamond set ring

Our latest project involved many different aspects of the trade & included using another company to get the perfect ring.
The customer came into us with a clear idea in their mind of what they wanted including pictures to help with the design process.
After several meetings we finalised the design and set about making the ring. The short video shows you the different stages which went into the ring.

What the video does not show is 3 smaller diamonds set inside the ring and how the diamond cutting on the outside was done, this is where we did have to use another company. As just sometimes machines are better than humans. To get such a crisp looking diamond cut pattern you do have to use specialist equipment.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wedding Rings


The origins of the wedding band date as far back in time as the Ancient Egyptians who would construct bands from papyrus and such materials to offer to their betrothed, admittedly they would have to be replaced frequently as the fragile natural material would decay, but the first foundations of this important token were laid here in history. Ancient Egyptians and Romans (who were the first to use metal for bands) believed that a vein lay in the third finger of the left hand which led directly to the heart and thus it was a significant gesture to place the love band on this digit. Scientists have since disproved this theory, however it remains today as the wedding finger and this ancient belief only heightens the romanticism of the piece. A wedding ring symbolizes a promise of never ending love and it is a physical representation of the marriage vows. The band itself represents an unbroken promise of love and commitment: the circle has no beginning and no end.

Because of this history and strong symbolism I am often amazed that throughout my years of meeting many couples, it is apparent that the purchase of wedding bands is often left to the last minute, not thought out, and seems reasonably far down on the bride and groom’s ‘to do’ list.
Wedding rings are worn everyday, and as fore-mentioned, represent a physical exchange of commitment during the marriage ceremony. They are a constant reminder of the happy day and of your loved one. A cake gets eaten, a dress will be packed away and photos will be stored in an album. The wedding band remains forever on your finger, for you to see and for all to see. Perhaps this is why I feel (although as a jeweller, I may be a little biased!) that more thought should go into their purchase with regard to what it is that a bride and groom would like to wear for the rest of their lives.

With increased diversity in design and metal choice and an increase in individual input and desire for something to suit their style and lifestyle, there are so many factors to consider when the time comes to choose your wedding bands.
Wedding rings have been in the spotlight this year due to the royal wedding in April, when we all sat up and took note of what Kate’s wedding band would be like and of course the precious royal welsh gold it would be crafted from. Prince William chose not to have a wedding band, but in my experience I have seen a rise in men becoming more involved in choosing weddings ring and deciding what they would like for themselves.

Wedding bands were traditionally made in yellow gold and yellow gold remains a popular choice. However, Platinum and white gold are also coming to the forefront of wedding band requests. Platinum, for its durability and continuous white lustre, and white gold, often selected to accompany the rise in popularity of white gold engagement rings at the moment.

In recent times though, Palladium has made a comeback on the jewellery scene, with particular regard to wedding ring choice. Being a member of the Platinum family, it retains its whiteness better than a white gold per say and its lower price per gram in comparison to Platinum makes it a more affordable option.
When considering which metal to go for, there are a couple of things to first consider:
The first is your lifestyle and mainly your job. Someone who has a labour intensive physical job should bear in mind the effect their work will have on their ring, in terms of dents and scratches, and perhaps a harder metal is therefore more appropriate. This is something that should be discussed with a jeweller at the time.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Handmade platinum diamond ring

This type of project is a favourite of ours. Our customer came to us with two rings they had but no longer wear. They wanted to have one ring that could wear and enjoy all the time. The customer also to make it a new ring. So we discussed a few ideas and we produced some designs for them to look at. We decided we would use the main centre diamond and the smaller diamonds for the shoulders and using new platinum to hand make the ring.
This is a short video of how we made the ring

Friday, June 10, 2011

Handmade 18ct Ruby & Diamond ring with a twist

This particular project was very exciting as it involved something we had not really done before. When we met the client he had a very pacific idea in his mind which can be good or bad. He wanted a ring that signified the love his girlfriend had for Lilly's & Roses. That is where the Ruby & Diamond came in. He then showed us some designs he had seen on the internet that inspired him and he had even done some sketches himself which really helped us. We then did some designs on the computer to show him what we thought would look good. The fun part came when he asked for the ruby to be set under the diamond. So after some thinking time we set about the task in making this wonderful ring. Here is a short video of how the ring was made.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Diamond ring to Diamond pendant

We were recently commissioned to make a Diamond pendant using a a Diamond ring. The customer no longer wore the ring and had a vision of turning it into a pendant.

The Ring

We then had to unset the Diamonds

Then the gold was melted down

Bill filed the gold into shape

The basic pendant shape

Bill drilling the holes for the Diamonds

Work on the pendant loop

Pendant ready to set the Diamonds

Bill setting the Diamonds
The finished 18ct Diamond pendant

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Diamond Engagement Ring

A recently made diamond ring

Customer first selected a diamond

We then made up the shank & head

After this the head was soldered into the shank

We then set diamonds to the centre & shoulders

The finished ring


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Gemstone Polishing

We offer a unique service in which we can have your current gemstone that maybe set into a ring or pendant that has become worn over the years polished to make look like new.

Here is an example of a Tanzanite that we unset from a ring mount looking very rubbed & worn



We then used our lapidary to polish the Tanzanite




Please note we do not carry out this service on the premises but all jewellery sent out is fully insured

Friday, March 18, 2011

Versatility

With the recent surge of the bead jewellery such as Love Links, Pandora & Troll beads, we were recently asked if we could obtain a silver bead in the shape of a Parker pen. After contacting our suppliers and some of our trade customers we drew a blank. So in true traditional Studio Crafts manner we quoted to hand make a pen. Our customer had no hesitation in proceeding the piece. So our master goldsmith Bill took on the challenge and here is the pen.