Ring design, can be both beautifully simple, or complex, each resulting in sophisticated designs. After designing and hand making literally thousands of opal rings over 40+, years we would make one small suggestion...'let the opal sing'. It is so easy to get carried away with design, flourishes and filigree when the opal you have fallen in love with is absolutely unique and incredibly beautiful just 'as is'.
Another suggestion is to look at what the wearer (whether that be you or a friend) already enjoys. Pieces that are loved and worn continually are a fantastic 'guide' to revealing what design will be not only well-received but loved and enjoyed for decades.
Whether you 'get creative' or 'keep it simple you can be assured that this is the 'draft stage' only. Every ring has the option of having a CAD file emailed to make sure that there is absolutely no confusion. If you select the CAD service you can also make changes to the design. This is great for anyone who is excited to be designing a ring but is just not 100% sure that they are happy with the design.
Lastly, look at this page for 30 seconds and see which ring your eye keeps coming back to. This could be a great place to start in designing your creation.
There is a process that we follow when asked to make and design custom jewellery, with the same steps used every time:
- Sit together and discuss the idea
- Look at currently available designs, and see if you would like to expand on them, or talk and create sketches for an idea you have that may not exist. The rings and jewellery presented are the most successful designs we have ever produced. These designs are universally accepted, loved internationally and transcend generational bias and the fleeting fashions that come and go, and stand as a safe choice to build upon.
Although we prefer face-to-face discussion, communication by email is an option! This same process is followed, only with the need for many more images in order to effectively convey the desired effect.
In each instance we aim to answer the 4 most commonly asked questions when having a design made by hand.