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Inherited Neckpiece

I loved making this piece. A surprise anniversary gift from husband to wife using an array of inherited bits of gold and stones they had collected over the years. I rolled down and forged a chunky gold wedding band to form the chain part of the piece, linking the back section with oxidised silver links. The Pieces of Eight were made from melted down gold and finished with rough, heavy hammered texture, set with Diamonds and Sapphires. Each piece representing a member of their family and stamped on the reverse with their dob’s. I just received the following email from him…

Dear Sophie,

I had to write and say how brilliantly stunning the necklace is. The subtle mounting of the diamonds and sapphires from my dear aunties antique rings has now given them a new audience. From the small idea we discussed you have produced a piece of jewellery that now carries with it such significant memories and has made a truly wonderful gift. Thank you so much.

Big smiles all round 🙂

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The inherited gold.

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Deconstructing the old gold ready to transform..

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A different stone on the back of each ‘piece of eight’, pictured alongside the leftover gold.

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The finished piece!

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