When Lizanne approached me with some rarely worn earrings and a handful of other unworn jewels, I knew there was huge potential to create something that she would truly love - and importantly, wear! Here's her story...
Lizanne's original jewellery
Lizanne please tell me about your original earrings
I had a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings that were languishing in a safe. They were rarely worn as they were quite traditional in setting and heavy to wear beyond a few hours. I did not want to sell them and happened upon a journalistic piece in a magazine that prompted me to contact Jo as pictures of her work featured in the article.
Taking apart Lizanne's sapphire and diamond earring
Did you have a vision for exactly what you wanted when you first spoke to Jo about the project?
I had no idea what I wanted apart from the fact I had an abundance of earrings and love rings!
Please tell us about the design process and working with Jo
I made contact with Jo and arranged to meet her in person so that she could examine my earrings and let me see her work. I was impressed by the uniqueness and versatility of her work from the outset and we set about agreeing on a vision as to what would work for me.
CAD design for the repurposing project
In the end, I settled on creating four stacking rings which are all different and can be slotted together in different ways or worn separately. I chose to size them for my fore finger and was blown away by the results. They are unique and I can also wear one on my thumb which gives me even more options than I'd anticipated of how to wear the others. This was not my original plan but I love how it evolved whilst I was playing around and mixing up the look.
Lizanne's new ring set: small diamond horizon ring, sapphire and diamond single hex ring, diamond double hex ring, large sapphire and diamond horizon ring - what a stack!
Are you pleased with the result?
I absolutely love what Jo has created for me out of what was a redundant pair of earrings. And more good news - I still have another earring to remodel at a later date or pass to my daughter to have her own pieces created.
Jo was so easy to work with and I thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the whole process.
Lizanne with her new rings
Thanks very much Lizanne, I'm so glad you're happy with your new rings! It was a real pleasure working with you to create your new jewellery.