We love our mineral and rock inspired jewels here at Mandana Oskoui Contemporary Jewellery. But what we enjoy creating just as much is bespoke jewellery; pieces that are hand-crafted for special occasions, especially for you.
I was recently contacted by a bride-to-be looking for a unique gift for her sister. Her sister was the matron of honour at her upcoming wedding.
My brief was left pretty open (which is great as it allows for a wider scope for creativity design wise) with the basic guidelines being:
- The piece designed was to be a pendant on a chain, made of silver.
- Her sister’s favourite colour is purple so a gem than colour must be incorporated.
- Her sister loves hearts so it needs to be featured in the design somewhere.
- Two of the sister’s favourite pieces of jewellery are her heart shape diamond engagement ring, and an oval locket that carries within it an old family photo of her grandparents.
With the guidelines, some background info and the budget established, I made a trip to some of the fabulous gemstone suppliers I work with to look for the perfect gem.
After searching through tray full upon tray full of purple coloured gems, I decided that amethyts would be the best choice for this piece of bespoke jewellery. I found amethyst specimens of many different colours, clarity, carat weight and cut (and believe us when we say there were many!). Eventually I chose the perfect gem which was approved…
With the stone picked and approved, the next step was finding a perfect design to show off the colour, cut and sparkle of the gem to its fullest. After hours of brainstorming and sketching, the following design was chosen:
Now came the next fun part… the making! Here are some little snippets from the making process to show you how the pendant was handmade.
Firstly, we needed to make the oval frame of the gemstone. This would act as both the seat and the setting of the stone…
Once the oval seat of the stone was made, and I was happy with the fit, the heart feature that would be hidden in the back of the pendant was made.
Once the two halves of the pendant were soldered together successfully, it was time to check the seat of the gemstone once more and mark the areas that the individual handmade claws would be soldered on to.
Once the pendant was ‘pickled’, cleaned and polished here is what it looked like:
Now that the silver pendant was complete, all that was left to do was submit the piece for Hallmarking, set the stone and engrave the message. The engraving read ‘Love is here to stay 12.7.14’.
The final result:
It was a real joy to design and make such a significant piece of jewellery that holds such sentiment of love. One that will be treasured for many, many more years to come.
Thea, who was the bride-to-be, very kindly wrote a testimonial for us that we would like to share:
‘I commissioned a pendant from Mandana to thank my sister for being matron of honour at my wedding. Mandana listened to my requirements, which were a special piece of jewellery with purple stone and heart shape incorporated into the design, and responded with imagination and flair to create a beautiful gift. Mandana kept in touch with me at each stage, sending me photos of sketches and work in progress that were art in themselves, which made me feel excited about the jewellery and special to be involved in her creative process. It was a true pleasure commissioning work from her. Thank you so much Mandana. I will not hesitate in using you again in the future. In fact, I look forward to opportunities to do so!’
And thank you Thea for commissioning me to make such a truly special piece of bespoke jewellery that holds so much meaning.
Would like to have a piece of bespoke jewellery made for a special occasion coming up? Whether it is a wedding, birthday, anniversary, christening (or even if you simply want to treat yourself) don’t hesitate to get in touch. I would be more than happy to show what I can design and hand-make for you too.