Aquamarine Engagement Ring Remodel, from ‘unwearable’ to ‘absolutely stunning!’

By General

At Artisans Bespoke Jewellers we are so fortunate to be a part of our client’s special moments in life. Recently, we had the pleasure of remodelling a bespoke Aquamarine and Diamond Engagement ring for Jenny and Mick after it had been through a series of unfortunate events.

In this blog article, we deep dive into the perspectives from our team as well as Jenny and Mick’s.

Here is the incredible before and after comparison of the ring. You can certainly see the difference, even from afar.

Jenny’s ring after it had been ‘fixed’ by her local jeweller

When we received the ring, our in-house Gemologist and Valuer assessed the ring in it’s entirety to give our clients a better understanding of what we were working with and some of his observations are noted below;

  • The rings construction is a computer designed and wax printed casting with stones then set in the piece. The casting is poorly cleaned up with a lot of print lines visible both inside the head and on the outside. The cluster surround has growth lines visible all around all stones. The shank has a preformed seat for the head to sit on but the head has not been fitted correctly and is soldered on crooked.
  • The centre stone is set on a lean and is loose.
  • One of the diamonds is broken. On loupe inspection it appears that the shoulders were originally channel set and then cut up and grains were attempted to be raised so as to give a grain set appearance. The cutting and setting of the shoulders is very poorly and and is of an extremely poor standard.
  • The bright cutting of the gold looks more like gouge lines and is of an inferior and extremely poor standard.
  • There are numerous slip and cut lines that have ended on the side of the cluster head and again detract from the finish.

Obviously, the ring had gone through a series of repairs and left in a state where Jenny said her engagement ring was ‘unwearable’, but after visiting us for a jewellery design consultation, we have been able to remodel her ring into a spectacular engagement ring that she is now proud to wear. The amount of love that has gone into each and every detail of this ring is absolutely unsurpassed.

Hazel was the lead designer behind Jenny’s engagement ring remodel design. Read her perspective on the design process below;

It was such a pleasure designing Mick and Jenny’s engagement ring! 

Here at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers we love creating big and beautiful statement pieces so it is always exciting to be given a design brief like Jenny and Micks. To start, we looked at design styles and picked out a few examples from our range of ready made pieces that Jenny liked. From there, we expanded on these ideas tailoring them to suit Jenny’s beautiful Aquamarine gemstone and coming up with flairs and flourishes to make it truly bespoke and personalised to her. This design style is one of my favourites – geometric and Art Deco but with soft, feminine touches. Very old world glamour! 

First 5 Ring Drawings Brian and Hazel designed for Jenny

Brian and I then drew up five design options, all based on the style that Jenny and Mick liked featuring their aquamarine and diamonds. Jenny and Mick then picked their favourite and after finalising the finer details and making sure everything was perfect, it was ready to go into the workshop!

The unique pattern underneath the aquamarine was hand made by our jewellers to compliment the geometric nature of the ring. I think they did a wonderful job! As well as re-designing the ring we also assessed the materials and found that the aquamarine had a few scratches and chips. We re-cut and polished the top of the gemstone which made it bright and sparkly again.

We had a lot of fun during the entire process. Thank you Jenny and Mick for giving us the opportunity to handmake your beautiful engagement ring ❤️ 

Jenny, the lucky owner of this remodelled Aquamarine Engagement Ring was kind enough to allow us to share 
their story below;

“Mick and I were engaged in 2003. How could I say anything but a big “Yes!” as he placed a beautiful 7.50ct aquamarine gemstone set in white gold surrounded with diamonds, on my engagement ring finger. We were married on February of 2005. On this day Mick placed a simple white gold and diamond band, on my wedding ring finger. Mick had planned ahead, knowing that down the track when our first child would be born, he once again would gift me a second white gold and diamond ring, commonly known as the eternity ring.

In 2008 our first son was born. Alas, I was now wearing three rings all with special meaning.

As our lives became busier and careers changed, I spoke with Mick about combining all three rings into one.

We took the three rings into a local Jeweller. The ring was redesigned between the three of us. The white gold was melted down and rebuilt with the existing stones.

The newly rebuilt ring was pretty at first to the naked eye, but over time we had a few reoccurring issues. A couple of claws snapped off, after one resize I couldn’t wear the ring. After the second ring resize, a diamond from the band fell out and another had been chipped during the resize process. Upon taking my ring back to the same Jeweller, this last repair attempt had ended in disaster! The result was a ring that was now of less monetary value, let alone the emotional roller coaster of the item that holds the most sentimental value was now officially unwearable. I asked two other local jewellers if they could help me, but they had openly and honestly told me that they were not able to or did not have the correct tools to complete such a job. They too were sorry about how my ring had ended up in this state.

I had written my ring off, thinking it was too big of a job for any Jeweller and that it would cost way too much to fix.

Soon after, I was speaking with my Sister-in-law who lives in Brisbane. I have always admired her stunning hand made engagement ring.
Sara said again and again, “You have  got to take it to Tammy at Artisans. They do such amazing work”.
Since my ring was in the drawer, I decided to take her advice.

I phoned Artisans Bespoke Jewellers in Brisbane and gave them the full story. After speaking to Tammy, not only did I feel a lot more positive, but rather refreshed about the entire Jewellery Industry and my ring.

Shortly after, I was heading down to Brisbane so I booked an appointment to meet with Brian, one of the Jewellers (and also a Gemmologist) to discus if anything could be done.

Final Drawing of Jenny’s Aquamarine and Diamond and Engagement Ring

Over the coming weeks, Mick and I had met with Brian, Tammy, Olivia and Hazel. We noticed that the entire team at Artisans work very closely and their communication is impeccable. One of the best things about Artisans is that it doesn’t matter where you live in the world, they can design over email, phone and video link you to show and discuss every single detail about your piece of jewellery. I had absolute faith in the team and was looking forward to the very last and final rebuild of my ring.

When the ring was finished, it was posted securely to Mick and I in Darwin.

Mick proposed again with an updated, modern version of the aquamarine engagement ring and we were both gobsmacked at the ring. We both paused for a few seconds as we opened the little white box together, dazzled by this handmade sparkling piece of artwork. Absolutely stunning!

As Mick placed the statement piece on my wedding ring finger, I felt like this ring should have been in the Royal family’s jewel cabinet, not on my finger!

We are both humbled and forever grateful for the detailed work, communication, care and skill that the entire team at Artisan Bespoke Jewellers brought to the table.

Mick and I absolutely adore this new ring and not only do I have pride again in wearing my engagement ring, but I am more than happy that this entire experience had a happy ending, thanks to Tammy and her incredible team.”


Do you have a piece of sentimental jewellery that needs remodelling?

Contact Artisans Bespoke Jewellers to book your jewellery design consultation today!

An important COVID-19 message from Tammy at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers

By General

22/06/2020

Dear Valued Artisans Client,
 
We cannot thank our Artisans community enough for all their love and support. We hope that you and your family are staying safe and well during these challenging times.

We are open to express 15-30 minute jewellery design appointments. Please call ahead to book and ring the doorbell upon arrival.

On the 5th May, we officially reopened our doors to express 15-30minute appointments. To make the most of your time with our team, prior to coming in for your express design appointment we kindly ask clients to;

  • Email, Call and/or Text through your jewellery design brief including a description and as many photos of your ‘jewellery wish list’ as possible so we can help guide you on your jewellery design journey. Depending on your design, we may curate a selection of hand-picked loose diamonds and gemstones to show you.
  • If you are supplying existing materials for remodelling, please provide photos of your pieces on a white piece of paper, alongside a ruler to help give us a better understanding of what we have to work from to bring your vision to life.
  • Please give us a budget of what you are shopping with to help us guide you on the ideal design direction. If you’re unsure, please let us know so we can give you a ballpark estimate, based on your design brief.
  • If you have no idea where to begin, please give us a call to discuss over the phone or contact us to book in for an express appointment to see/try on our ready-made jewellery collection that features a variety of jewellery design styles.

Our trading hours are below:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday to Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – Last Appointment (generally between 3:00 to 4:00pm)
Sunday – Closed
 
Health and safety is our priority

We kindly ask that you please use hand sanitiser upon entry, observe social distancing and to also please be mindful of a 4 client limit in the store at one time.

Our workshop is still busy and open!

Our full range of services including jewellery repairs, bespoke handmade pieces, valuation certificates as well as hand engraving are available to our clients.

Make Your Own Wedding Band Workshops – On Hold until further notice

Since March, our Make Your Own Wedding Band Workshops have been put on hold until further notice. The nature of our MYO wedding band workshops are conducted in a way where we assign 1 teacher for each couple (2 couples in attendance). The tools and materials we work with are quite small and instructions are provided within very close proximity, which won’t be possible if we are to adhere to the social distancing 4sq m rule when indoors.

We will continue to follow the recommendations by the Australian Government and review day by day.
 
Let’s stay in touch!
 
If you prefer contactless methods, our team are still available for consultations via email, facetime/zoom and phone. If we require your materials to be dropped off, we will contact you to arrange a time.

Phone: (07) 3369 3798  |  Mobile: 0429 084 852
Email: admin@artisansbespokejewellers.com

After 15 years, we still absolutely love our business and are passionate about what we do. If we stand together and support each other, we will make it through and become even stronger together. We must keep sharing love and joy in any way we can. Social distancing may be challenging, but it is vital to keep our most vulnerable safe. I ask that all our wonderful clients and supporters to please stay safe, take care and be kind to one another.
 
Sincerely,
Tammy Keers and the Artisans Bespoke Jewellers Team


When Simon met Sally

By General

Starting a new job back in 2009, Simon was nervous. We all are on our first day, aren’t we? But it all went well thanks in no small part to the person who was assigned to show Simon the ropes from his first day on the job – Sally.

Fast forward seven years and Simon and Sally are living together in an inner city Brisbane suburb. Sally was soon to make the move back to Mudgee a country town north west of Sydney. The two had pledged to make the long distance relationship work and on a spur of the moment decision, Simon popped the question, and Sally said yes!

Sally and Simon say ‘I do’.

With one day left before she had to move, the Sally looked around Paddington to see if she could find a ring to mark the engagement. Sally had envisaged a vintage/older style engagement ring and as luck would have it, they came across Artisans Bespoke Jewellers and that’s where Sally met Tammy! On that very day, Sally and Tammy designed the perfect ring for them.

Once Sally had moved down south, Tammy called Simon to discuss the quote and design. Simon admitted that the style wouldn’t have been his first pick, but also admitted that he and Sally have very different tastes. However, he was pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the ring and being a geologist, had a great appreciation for gemstones. He readily agreed to the choice of an apricot sapphire after Tammy took him through the strengths and advantages to this stone. Simon felt encouraged and well informed throughout the whole process with our team.

Sally and Simon reunited!
Sally’s beautiful engagement ring

Proving that distance is no issue, Tammy and the team were able to design the ring with input from Sally and Simon and once the ring was complete, Simon picked it up and met Sally halfway between QLD and NSW to deliver the precious cargo.

The message we received from them after that says it all:

Hi Tammy,
I’ll pop in and say hi/thank you when I’m back in Brisbane but I wanted to email quickly to thank you for our ring. We’re in Armidale (half way between Brisbane and Mudgee) this weekend for the ‘exchange’ and we are so so so super stoked with the ring. It’s absolutely incredible. Thank you so much for all your help and for making it a reality!!
I’ve attached a couple of <pretty dodgy but very happy> photos to show you. 
Many millions of thanks and hugs,
Sally and Simon

The wedding ceremony setting
Sally and Simon’s Wedding Bands. Sally’s band slides into her split band engagement ring.

The wedding, which Simon and Sally saw as more of a big party with family and friends, was held on Sally’s farm in Mudgee on a picturesque day in April 2017. Over one hundred guests attended the vintage and homely style ceremony, which was truly an effort of family and friends: they all chipped in for the wedding; Sally’s sister made the cake; and various friends and family helped with the decorations. Sally’s “something borrowed and something blue” was care of Artisans Bespoke Jewellers – we loaned the beautiful aquamarine and diamond drop earrings to the couple for the day.

If you’re looking for that special engagement ring that will last the test of time, please contact us to book your jewellery design consultation with our team!

Domino’s Pizza Slice Engagement Ring

By General

Say ‘I Dough’ to your loved one who has stolen a ‘pizza’ your heart with this extra cheesy Domino’s pizza slice ring.

Artisans Bespoke Jewellers were commissioned by Domino’s to design and handcraft this ‘dough-mantic’ ring.

Artisans Bespoke Jewellers came up with several different pizza slice ring designs for Domino’s Pizza
Artisans Trade Jeweller Trent Mackay added a heart feature under the ring setting
Image courtesy of Domino’s Australia

The pizza slice ring is 18ct yellow and white gold base topped with over 1ct of diamond ‘cheese’, pepperoni’ rubies and is valued at over $9,000!

Artisans Bespoke Jewellers owner Tammy Keers said that she and her team were excited to take on the fun and creative challenge of bringing a diamond-encrusted pepperoni pizza slice ring to life.

“We believe that there is a perfect engagement ring for everyone, and we cannot wait to see who will take home this one-of-a-kind ring.”

Watch the video that Artisans Bespoke Jewellers made to in honour of the pizza slice ring.

For your chance to win the pizza slice engagement ring, visit the Dominos website, complete the entry form and include a 30-second video detailing how you will involve pizza in your proposal.

Visit Artisans Bespoke Jewellers in Paddington, Brisbane to learn more about our bespoke handmade jewellery and to design your dream engagement ring.

Artisans Bespoke Jewellers 98 Latrobe Terrace Inside
Artisans Bespoke Jewellers – 98 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington – Store Interior

Bushfire Appeal: Silent Charity Auction (1-29 February) – CLOSED

By General

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. OUR AUCTION HAS NOW ENDED.

We are deeply saddened by the devastating bushfires our nation has endured. Our beautiful country needs our help and the team at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers are committed to doing our part!

Tammy & the Artisans Bespoke Jewellers Team

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. OUR AUCTION HAS NOW ENDED.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are hosting a silent charity auction between the 1st – 29th February with all proceeds going to NSW RFS and WIRES.

 

We would appreciate it if you could please share this event with your family and friends!

WIN A HANDMADE ARTISANS RING VALUED AT $9,500

Register your details and bid for your chance to win our Artisans handmade 18ct White Gold Australian Black/Blue Sapphire and Diamond ‘Gatsby’ Style Ring.

The winner will receive a complimentary ring resize and an independent valuation certificate.

Each and every one of our handmade rings are a one-of-a-kind piece. We specifically chose this ring as it represents the beautiful Sapphire gemstones sourced in Australia.

SILENT AUCTION BIDDING PROCESS

Bidding will start at $1,000.00 and increase in $200.00 AUD increments.

Winning Bid: $5,200.00 AUD

Please contact Artisans Bespoke Jewellers via phone or email to register and place your bid.
Call (07) 3369 3798 or Email admin@artisansbespokejewellers.com

Our winning bidder will be contacted on Tuesday 3rd March.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT NSW RFS & WIRES

Over 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burned to the ground. Over 1 billion animals have lost their lives so far, including thousands of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other iconic wildlife. Your support is urgently needed to care for injured wildlife and restore their homes. 

Read more on the WIRES website

We’re establishing a $10 million fund for our volunteer brigades. These are at a starting point and we’re looking forward to consulting with our volunteers on meaningful initiatives that will make a difference for our brigades and the community.

Read more on the NSW RFS website

CONTACT US TO FIND OUT THE LATEST BID AMOUNT

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. OUR AUCTION HAS NOW ENDED.