Elizabeth's Unique Jewellery Designs
Quintessentially British, Elizabeth Gage has been designing for over fifty years and her designs are as innovative today as they were at the very beginning. Here is a collection of our exquisite pieces, showing her design and imagination. Every one of them is hand-made, by some of England's most exceptional craftsmen and everything is still made in England.
Named after the ancient and royal French house of Valois, Elizabeth’s love of France was the inspiration for the name of her simple, yet elegant and versatile earring which often incorporates the wire-twist-wire edging found on her Templar rings.
Elizabeth’s first ring was designed as a modern drum, a solid piece of gold was cut into interlinking sections and set with stones. When it was finished it resembled a Persian carpet or a Medieval tapestry so she called it her Agincourt ring. She later developed this style further, winning a De Beers award in 1972. An example of Elizabeth’s Agincourt ring design can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
This is a striking, stately ring named after the fascinating Russian Orlov family. A strong, slightly bombé ring topped with a colourful stone, sometimes engraved, and often surrounded by vibrant enamel.
Elizabeth says "every woman should be crowned at least once in her life." These rings are again part of her love of history and pageantry; although she made two or three rings inspired by crowns in the late 1970’s, the idea of a crown ring in a band shape only came to her much later on. Always ornate and very detailed, there are several variations and the final design depends on the stones Elizabeth chooses.
Designed to accommodate the large luscious stones Elizabeth loves to search out. Two strong gold wires support the frame of the ring, sweeping up to hold the stone. The background is decorated with enamel or gold detail and stones.
Created at the same time as the Shiraz earring, this is the dressy cousin, usually set with faceted stones and always with diamonds.
There was a natural progression from the Shiraz earrings to Shiraz pins, always decorated with her signature wire and granulation work and often using coins and unusually cut stones.
Elizabeth loves working with gold to produce different textures and shapes; the Shiraz earring bears her signature wire and granulation embellishment with diamonds and pearls. These earrings come in three different sizes, each with a drop pearl at the base. Elizabeth took her inspiration from the shape of windows and doors in the Middle East.
Elizabeth’s interest in Greek culture gave her the name 'Arcadia' for a style of pin. Typically this pin has two stones, coins or antique pieces, or a combination of these, so that the top and bottom of the pin enhance and harmonise with each other. The pieces used may be very similar in size or very disparate, however, by using different styles of gold work, and sometimes enamel, the two are brought together.
Inspired by the Emperor Charlemagne and the beautiful ‘Charlemagne’s’ jewel, which can be seen in Reims Museum, Elizabeth’s contemporary Charlemagne rings are a tribute to the rare beauty of the original jewel.
This ring reflects Elizabeth's love of the Renaissance and the glamour of the court of Louis XIV (the ‘Sun King’). It is a popular style for clients wishing to use their own diamond, as the width of the ring can vary to accomodate the size of the stone. This style of ring is only made with diamond or pearl.
Tapered Zodiac Ring
When Elizabeth decided to taper the ring she also added planetary signs, moon and sun motifs. Every tapered ring incorporates planetary symbols relevant to each individual person. Some are made in yellow gold, some in yellow and white gold, or enamel. Many are embellished with diamonds, so each one is tailored to its owner.
Zodiac Band Ring
Born from her early Templar rings, Elizabeth’s Zodiac collection started with the desire to make a band decorated with gold lion heads and bead work. When it was finished, a friend admired the ring and assuming the lion was for Leo, wanted her own star sign instead. Over the next few months Elizabeth designed her own version of each zodiac symbol and her Zodiac ring collection was created.
Tapered Templar Ring
Based on the style of the Templar band ring, this version is tapered making it narrower at the back and allowing Elizabeth to use larger stones and different decorative detail whilst staying true to the original design concept.
Templar Band Ring
Named after the Knights Templar (the first bankers in Europe) this ring has an architectural quality and recalls the banners and pageantry of the 14th century. In order to make a Templar ring the stones are placed around in various shapes and sizes to create balance and harmony between the width of the ring, the size of the stones and the style of settings. Elizabeth only uses rub-over settings to create the correct look and give prominence to each stone. The background is always hand engraved and the edge of the rings bound with her classic wire-twist-wire edging. It is a versatile ring that can be simple or detailed.
Elizabeth has always been fascinated by the long necks decorated with many gold rings that some tribal women wear, and the shape led to the creation of her pearl Kiss earrings. Later they evolved to include different stones, however, at the beginning they always had white pearl centres and silver grey, semi-baroque pearls in the funnels.
African Queen Earrings
After creating the early Kiss earrings and pin, inspired by tribal neck rings, Elizabeth wanted a pair of earrings to wear with her pin using some of the steatites she was given in Crete. After setting the intaglios she added three long cones with pearls to complement the pin. Since then, this well-received style has been altered and played with, however, there is always an oval stone and three pearls or beads below.
The Kiss pins are a natural development from the early Kiss earring. Pictured is the very first Kiss pin which Elizabeth made for herself using steatite intaglios given to her whilst she studied in Crete. Over many years the Kiss pin has become a favourite design, it has changed and evolved and each Kiss pin is unique and individual. An example of Elizabeth’s Kiss Pin design can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum.