|A sweet teenage friend – one of the family to us – turns 18 today and her mother asked me to create a ring which reads: Nil volentibus arduum meaning ‘Nothing is impossible to the brave’. Her father who passed away not so long ago, was valiant, and so the ring comes in a certain Viking roughness. Material 18 ct yellow gold, white gold setting, diamond
|It must be a midlife thing, divorced people in their fifties. In this case I was asked to use half of a wedding band for a jewel for 2 daughters. I kept it simple by sawing the golden part in half and added 2 matt silver rings. The emotional part: the first letters of the first names of both parents and both daughters are hided at the inside.
|For my advanced goldsmith exam I’d to make a traditional engagement ring. Since I did not have a big stone, I’ve made a hand-faceted one out of a nugget. The little gold balls keep the ring upright, a trick I’ve learned from Philip Sajet:
“A piece should give an answer to an unasked question, otherwise people just walk away. I aim for essential and meaningful jewellery. Design has a primary goal, but art is meant to offer something else. Life has a signification. I never wonder if a piece is going to be successful. I now believe in the necessity of a piece, and not being slavelike to design. I respect my public, but I can’t care about their desires and needs. I do about 40 pieces a year: the pieces I want to make. It is enough to live comfortably and keep working. You need to start from your inner self, then take some distance and get higher.”