I love redesigning jewellery keeping the sentimentality of the original jewellery and melting it down and using the gemstones in a new design. The redesigned jewel keeps the sentimentality but is now a piece of jewellery that you love the design of. As I always jewellery is meant to be loved and worn. I utterly adore opals and when a client approached me with an inherited opal ring that didn't do anything for her, it was a boring design, nothing imaginative so naturally I jumped at the chance to redesign this into something my client will love. My client loved bigger pieces of jewellery, something contemporary so I got inspiration from the fact that the opal ring was inherited from her own mother. Cue the inspiration, a mothers knot. It represents the tight bond between mother and offspring. So this redesigned pendant can have sentimental meaning in the gemstone but also the design.
As with designing, I often take inspiration on a tangent. Its only for the wearer to know and understand the meaning and inspiration behind the redesigned pendant. From this knot as a basis I then wanted to make it more eye catching. breaking up the consistent flow to have gradients of thicknesses which lead your eye around the pendant. As always, diamonds add a certain je ne sais quois to jewellery, for me the sparkle adds a lightness to the jewel with the expanse of solid heavy metal. Diamonds teamed with this stunning opal and wow, what a gorgeous redesigned pendant. When you look into the opal it almost looks like another galaxy, or Mother Nature creating a Monet.
If you need inspiration for a piece of redesigned jewellery crafted by inherited pieces have a look at these for inspiration;
- Cluster Ring Redesign
- Remodelling Old Gold Into A Ruby Pendant
- Revamping A Victorian Brooch Into. A Modern Signet Ring
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