Big thanks to our lovely intern Cara for getting to know our Suppliers + creating this little blog series for y’all.
The Wedding Collective would be absolutely no where without our beloved suppliers who help to push the whole industry forward with their ever-growing, unique and creative input. Firstly, we’re going to take a look at some of our wonderful jewellers who spend countless hours debating ideas, designing and crafting beautiful alternative wedding + engagement rings for you all; one of the most important, beautiful and symbolic elements, which is why we only have the best to showcase for you.
EBBA GORING //
First up we have Ebba Goring who has been pioneering her technique of working with casting textiles since graduating in 2009 with a BDES (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland.
Ebba and her small team currently work from her studio/showroom in an architect restored railway platform building in Burntisland on the Fife Coast of Scotland. What a creative, funky and unique workspace to create some alternative engagement rings for you lovely, lucky clients.
Her inspiration stems from a love of traditional needlework and a passion to translate textile skills that have been handed down through generations into a new material that will preserve them forever.
“The simple repetition of a stitch, like double crochet, can be inspiration in itself — but I am also fascinated by historic jewellery, costume and textile motifs, especially from the Jacobean and Elizabethan eras for my latest collections.”
In terms of craftsmanship, Ebba stitches her designs in a small, delicate cotton stitch and crochet, then casts them into solid precious metal.
“I enjoy this sort of alchemy process, the organic undulating stitches are captured in metal and transformed into solid precious jewels. The finished pieces have an almost ancient treasure look to them, especially the gold pieces studded with precious gemstones.”
We absolutely adore Ebba’s designs and I’m sure we’ll only have more gorgeous work to share with you in the time to come!
Photo credits: Ebba Goring
BRAZEN STUDIOS //
Sarah from Brazen Studios is a true artist, putting a modern, unique and beautiful twist on the “traditional” wedding ring. Her work completely radiates the passion she has for what she creates. Her attention to detail and communication with each client to create something they love is a huge part of her work, and is one of the solid foundations of why she sticks out from the crowd. We absolutely love her work over here at TWC! She has so much to offer and has created some beautiful alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings over the years. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!
Below, Sarah explains some of her beautiful pieces:
“Here I’ve created a 18ct yellow gold encrusted engagement ring. The client I was working with wanted something less traditional but with enough statement. He also wanted to include 3 old cut diamonds from his grandmother’s ring which are also featured. We went for an Autumnal colour palette and combined white diamonds, yellow diamonds, spessartine garnets (totally gorgeous vibrant orange) and orange sapphires to create the look. They were set in a hand carved asymmetric wide gold band with lovely contouring.”
“A classic 3 stone / trilogy diamond engagement with lovely high spec (GIA – DVS diamonds) set above a fine yet structural balcony.”
“Yellow gold, ‘romantic’ themed engagement ring which has an element of baroque scrolls to set off the marquise cut Tsavorite garnets and diamonds.”
We can’t wait to share more from Brazen Studios in the near future!
KATIE LEES //
Katie Lees’ designs never fail to blow us away through her contemporary pieces – I mean, totally blow us away!
If you’ve not heard of Katie and her work before, her inspiration and passion for what she creates is largely based on the study of industrial, engineered and structural landscapes found in her hometown of Glasgow.
“The language is drawn not only from the beauty of the pragmatic forms and robust engineering, but also from the remnants of the shipbuilding industry that once defined the industrial aesthetic of the river and my city.”
Absolutely smashing it is Katie. Her work is beautiful, intriguing, meaningful, precise and represents such a big part of who she is. We’re lucky to have her with the team and it’s been a pleasure showcasing her alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings! You certainly won’t be disappointed with any of her pieces. BEAUTIFUL.
Photo credits: Gabriela Silveira
SCARLETT ERSKINE //
Scarlett’s jewellery is inspired by her love for textures and working with gemstones and she works with precious metals to create contrasting textures, heightening the wearers sense of touch. It is then further enhanced through her intricate use of stone settings using precious gemstones adding colour and elegance to her jewellery.
We absolutely love the contrast in style, colour and appearance in Scarlett’s work! There’s really something for everyone and we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store for her in the near future.
“I love working with my clients to design their dream rings whether it be a customisation of one of my own pieces or a design the clients have imagined.”
We heart Scarlett!
Photo Credit: Scarlett Erskine
That was 2016s work from those guys – The year of beautiful jewellery! Think 2017 can top it? HELLS YEAH.
BIG THANKS TO CARA FOR GUEST BLOGGING FOR US!
You can see some of Cara’s photography work in Januarys market gallery HERE x