Here are some examples of designs we have created for our clients.
Our client broke a lovely pin and all that remained was the carved lion and a fabulous baroque keshi pearl. The client wanted a similar shape and feel for her new pin, yet something very different. Elizabeth made the carved lion the focus and used the shape of an orchid to surround the carving, embellishing the petals with rays of matching enamel.
One of our clients purchased a lovely collar from us and then asked Elizabeth to design another collar for her personally. Our client is an artist who incorporates the sun, leaves, hearts, the moon and stars into her art and she wanted Elizabeth to reflect her work in the new design. These are all symbols which Elizabeth enjoys using in her designs so she found it inspiring to work with another artist who shared her love of these elements. After sketching some concepts she felt that the gold torque necklace needed a focal point and chose a bronze Roman coin with a lovely patina as the centre with molten sun rays flowing from it at the front of the necklace. On either side of the torque she scattered different sized carved stars with diamonds centres.
This was a very special commission for a pair of cuffs using Elizabeth’s signature wire and granulation work, made to mark a special occasion. The client’s name is cleverly spelt out using the wire work.
Throughout her varied and highly successful career Elizabeth Gage, one of this country’s most influential jewellery designers, has created many rare and wonderful objects, however, none so unusual or as breathtaking as her two magnificent 18ct gold crowns. A very special commission from an American client who first saw Elizabeth’s work on the Goldsmiths’ Hall website – Whos Who in Gold and Silver.
Elizabeth had a wonderful commission from one gentleman, who had been saved from drowning by his son. The day the accident occurred he had found a coin on the site of an ancient Hindu temple. He was convinced that the coin brought him the luck that led to his being saved later that day.
Originally set as a solitaire ring, our client wanted this stone to become more playful and wearable. The hexagonal shape is very structural so Elizabeth softened it by surrounding it in gold myrtle leaves and gave prominence to the bright white of the diamond, by setting it on a Royal blue enamel background. Two smaller diamonds complete the ring.
A client who owns Shih Tzus also owns two ornate porcelain Foo dogs. She sent us an image and asked for earrings inspired by her ornaments. Elizabeth had the Foo dogs carved onto carnelians and set them in a gold crescent moon shape. Above each earring is the shape of the stands on which the ornaments sit, set with diamonds.
Many pieces in Elizabeth’s book ‘The Unconventional Gage’ inspire our clients to ask if an item can be remade. Many are one of a kind, however, Elizabeth can sometimes create a new design with a similar feel to her original piece. The Antoninus Pin on page 103 was the starting point for this charming design.