Llyn L. Strelau details the creative process behind his baroque pearl sculpture, ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat,’ which received an honourable mention in the Objects of Art category at the 2019 American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards.
As we design and work at the bench, we inevitably want to include more gemstones. Yet, which comes first—the design idea you want to enhance with a coloured gemstone, or the gemstone you want to design around?
While for some couples, only one of the pair will actually wear a wedding ring, for many the design of the rings is a very important part of planning their lives together. Having worked with and designed hundreds of wedding rings over the years, it is fascinating to look back at some of the variety there has been.
How do you combine colours to create the best effect? Some prefer subtle, tone-on-tone looks, while others are entranced by bold, strong contrasting shades. Neither is ‘right’ of course, but there is an art to successful blends. At worst, you can always fall back on classic colour theory.
Everything old can be new again! I know we all love to design and sell brand new gems and jewellery, and help our clients build their collections of fine jewels. But our clients will often bring in items which they wish to recycle or reuse.