Recently I worked very closely with a lovely customer, Justine, and a talented jewellery maker, Emma Gale, to design jewellery for Justine's 40th Birthday.
Coming up with the perfect necklace and bracelet to compliment a bespoke dress Justine had designed herself and was having made by Irene Calverley took time and thought, but once I knew which of the many talented UK makers in Heart Gallery to use, Emma made the rest of the process flow with ease.
After initially meeting Justine we realised that most of the detail for the necklace had to be down her back as the dress had been designed to drape really low. What we also wanted to do was make the necklace multi-functional so that Justine could wear it again and again even when she wasn't wearing her fantastic frock!
Emma managed to make the necklace so that Justine wore the whole necklace on her special evening but it broke down into 2 single necklaces too, giving her 3 variations to wear - genius!
After Justine had collected the necklace she quickly realised she wanted a bracelet to match and with very short notice Emma made the perfect little bracelet for Justine to complete her look .... and doesn't it all look amazing?
Emma uses 18ct yellow gold, antique glass beads and pearls then knits her flowers with kid mohair; her pieces are exquisite and are heirlooms of the future. This is a close up of Emma's kid mohair flowers on 18ct gold chain, they look so delicate but they are simply stunning and so perfectly designed and crafted.
I caught up with Justine after her birthday weekend and this is what she had to say:
"Thank you so much Alison for pulling everything together so quickly and suggesting Emma. As you can see the vintage style is perfect with the dress. It helped that you and the team at Heart Gallery were as excited as me about the whole choosing a jeweller and pulling together the look. Heart was my fave shop before but it's now my favourite place to recommend to friends looking for something special where the service is so personal and outstanding. I felt fantastic as the look had come together and therefore that enhanced an amazing night! Thanks so much, see you soon Jus xx"
Thanks to Emma Gale for interpreting our ideas perfectly and to Justine for sending stunning photographs to use in this blog.