Autumn is coming and I have been busy at the bench…

Walker ringRainbow moonstone and Lapis pendant

Here are two quite different pieces I have made recently.
One was a flight of fancy and is for sale at a smidgen under four figures!
It is a pendant that measures 53mm from top to bottom and I made it in yellow and white gold and set it with a stunning rainbow moonstone and
an unusual piece of lapis lazuli and three twinkling diamonds.  I have called it Wish Upon A Star!
The ring on the left was a commission and I made it in 18ct gold, it is set with a pretty blue sapphire and diamonds to
reflect the style of a lost engagement ring. It is a little bit smaller than the pendant – the centre stone is 6.5mm.

The first step is to draw the designs

Joanna Thomson Jewellery Filing

Joanna Thomson Jewellery FilingThe first step is to draw the designs; if it is for a production piece the inspiration can come out of my head from some idea or shape that has occurred to me.  That inspiration might be a cat sitting on the sofa in a particular position or a flower from the garden or simply one of my hallmark leaves!  The wonderful flowing lines of both Art Nouveau and Celtic knots just seem to come out on the page when I pick up a pencil and start drawing. I also think about how many different ways the design can be used – that was one piece of information I gleaned in college when a manufacturing company’s designer came to talk to us.  It has stood me in very good stead!

Often a customer will come to me with an idea of their own.  This can be a fun part of the process as I translate their thoughts or simple sketches into three dimentional shapes that are both wearble and durable and, of course, beautiful!

Some recent commissions

Napkin rings square

Scottish Bluebells small squareHere are some recently completed pieces.  The napkin rings are set with amethyst and were a present, they are now the other side of the world.  These are a ittle larger in scale to my usual work and were an interesting challenge to make!  The Bluebells were a birthday present as was the Golden Eagle kilt pin.  It’s 4 inches across and a piece that I really enjoyed making!  Golder Eagle Kilt Pin Square