This beautiful Fairtrade and diamond engagement ring, has just hit the shelves at our Hertfordshire Jewellery Centre
I have recently had the pleasure of working on a project to create a small collection of one-off pieces for our studio, inspired by something which appealed to me as opposed to designing it to a customer's brief. It has been a really great experience, and I wanted to share this design with you.
This design takes inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement, which was a really popular art movement from the 1890s right up until the First World War. Seen as radical and really modern, it first appeared in Paris but quickly the style was being explored in art, craft and architecture in London. It was very much like marmite, people were either loving the new style or really hating it!
The Art Nouveau movement shared a lot of the same beliefs as the Arts and Crafts Movement, believing in good quality, and perfection in craftsmanship. The style is very distinctive, drawing upon sinuous, elongated curvy lines, stylised flowers and leaves. The female form was explored in a pre-Raphaelite way, typically with long flowing hair! Exotic woods, iridescent metallics and semi-precious gemstones were explored.
This ring takes the essence of Art Nouveau, showing long curved lines that sweep around each other and enclose the diamonds elegantly. Two of the lines have been millgrained, to add a little more sparkle, around the 2mm brilliant cut HSI diamonds totalling ~0.08ct, with a 4.65mm brilliant cut HSI diamond 0.40ct taking centre stage. The softness of the Fairtrade 9ct white gold, keeps the ring lovely and gentle to the eye, in keeping with the Art Nouveau inspiration.
This ring is currently on show at our Hertfordshire studio, so do pop along to have a look and at the rest of this new collection!