Sketches to brighten up a grey day

Today is Rainy. Windy. A little bit Grey.

Which makes it the perfect sort of day for a little bit of workshop-organising and general-tidying.

One of the gems uncovered are these original sketches for one of David’s signature pieces of jewellery. This beautiful neckpiece gets so much attention, and rightly so, and these sketches show the development of ideas – from placement of the gemstones, to the shape of the gemstone settings, to the formation of the chain links. The third sketch closely resembles the finished piece, illustrating how many of the design details are worked out on paper before being committed to metal.

Notes and sketches charting the development of the design 

Initial sketch showing the proposed placement for smaller gemstones around the central drusy onyx 

Final sketch showing the chosen positioning of diamonds and tourmaline around the central gemstone 

Contemporary Silver

The John Higgins ‘Contemporary Silver Gallery’ in Lindfield is a well respected gallery displaying work by the country’s top Silversmiths.

The Annual Summer Exhibition is in its fifth year, and so to mark the occasion, John has invited a select few jewellery designers to exhibit work alongside the contemporary silverware. We are very pleased to have been invited to exhibit and are busy preparing a selection of exciting gemstone pieces to be included in what will be a wonderful exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 14-30 June – entry is by appointment – do get in touch or have a look at the Contemporary Silver Gallery website for more information.

John Higgins ‘Contemporary Silver Gallery’: ‘Two Way’ by Wayne Meeton

Platinum ring with purple sapphires

Although we’ve recently been busy designing and making new items for the gallery, we’ve also been hard at work with a number of commission pieces.

The ring pictured below was collected earlier in the week and was specially made for our lovely customer. We had a similar design on display in the showcase that was made from 18ct white gold with purple sapphire. Our customer fell in love with the colour of the purple sapphires so asked us to source some more stones and set them into a platinum band. We sourced one larger central sapphire which we set into a platinum raised collet setting and six smaller sapphires which we flush set into the band on both sides of the central stone.

The accompanying images show a rough sketch – drawn to work out the best positioning for the flush set sapphires, as well as an image of the ring taken during the setting of the stones.

We’re very pleased with the ring – it has such a lovely weight to it as well – and we hope our customer gets lots of enjoyment from it.

Platinum ring with purple sapphire


A sketch working out the positioning of the flush set sapphires


Setting the sapphires into the platinum band

Green tourmaline pendant

To go alongside the pink tourmaline pendant completed last week, we have finished this rather beautiful green tourmaline pendant.

It features 3-dimensional forms in 18ct yellow and white gold which curve down to the speciality-cut green tourmaline. Two diamonds – one white and one green – sit atop the pendant and complete the design.

The images show the finished pendant alongside a couple of David’s sketches, annotated with his thoughts and ideas for the development of the finished piece.

Green tourmaline in 18ct yellow and white gold


Sketches and notations charting the development of ideas (1)


Sketches and notations charting the development of ideas (2)

Pink tourmaline

The newest addition to the showcase is this rather splendid 2.41ct pink tourmaline set in 18ct yellow and white gold with diamonds.

The pendant was designed around the central pink tourmaline and is the third in a series of pendants that feature sculptural elements combined with highlight diamonds. The setting is open-backed, allowing a view to the underside of the gemstone where the intricacies of the cut are revealed. As with all David’s designs, this pendant displays the distinct David Fowkes style…

Pink tourmaline pendant in 18ct yellow and white gold with diamond


The manufacture of the pendant


Checking the pendant against the design drawing


Beginning to set the stone


Checking the pendant after setting the stone


The final polish