Early on in my career I focussed on rings. Mistakenly, I thought they would be easy to make and that the any design would suit all fingers, but I was wrong. Fingers are as individual as the person – as indeed are necks and ears!
I love wearing rings and it was a special ring that led me into jewellery design. The soft and flexible Agincourt and the more rigid Templar, were the first two styles of ring that I created. They were designed as wide bands, and therefore suited ladies with long fingers, but those with shorter fingers needed a ring that was narrow at the back. For this reason, the tapered Agincourts and Templars were born.
One of the wonderful things about rings is that the wearer gains great joy from looking down on a beautiful stone. I also believe that they should be just as interesting and detailed on the back as they are on the front, although sometimes, of course, no embellishment is needed as the back is intrinsically a beautiful shape. Furthermore, I like my rings to have a good weight so when they are picked up one is not disappointed.
A great joy for me is to see my rings worn with pleasure twenty or thirty years after they were purchased. In fact, I have kept an archive of the majority of my pieces and it has proved very useful.
One day, a lady came into my shop bearing one of my rings, which she had found in the gutter on Fifth Avenue in New York and she had recognised it as my design. She was coming to London and therefore bought it for us to see. We were able to locate the owner from our archives and it gave me so much pleasure to call our client with the good news that her ring had been found!
“The Unconventional Gage”