In the final part of our Uncovering My Jewellery Treasures blog series, two of our jewellery designers tell us the stories behind some very special rings in their lives…
These bronze and silver rings with stones are two of my most treasured pieces of jewellery. The bronze ring belongs to my boyfriend Daniele, who received it from a friend who sells vintage jewellery.
The silver ring is Daniele’s first attempt at jewellery making and a gift he gave me for my birthday last year. He is originally a photographer and got a bit of wax from a sculpture foundry that he was shooting. He shaped the wax into a ring with crab claw (‘crab’ is the nickname he gave me!) He then had a stone set in it, as the crab’s eye. I wear my ring both on casual days and great occasions. It’s too chunky to slip on my ring finger, so I wear it on my little finger – this way I can keep it on even when I am making!
The different layers that form the history of these two rings make them very precious to me. In fact, the stone on the silver ring and the one set in his bronze ring were both gifts I bought under the counter at a souvenir shop in Amsterdam and gave to Daniele. They were made about a year ago when we decided to move to Amsterdam together, so in a way represent the adventure that we embarked upon, our ingenuity in embracing the unknown and our stubbornness in pursuing our dreams. To say it in one sentence, these rings are perfectly wonky – just the way I wish my life to be!
I purchased this Claddagh Silver Ring with money I had saved up working at a small independent jewellery shop in Drogheda in Ireland when I was around 14 or 15. It is significant to me as I have two Irish parents and spent a lot of my early childhood life there. I chose it as the Claddagh ring typically tends to have a more traditional style; this one is the most contemporary one I have ever seen, which appealed to me then and still appeals to me now. I wear it most days, either on my middle finger or thumb.