My work is through word of mouth so I am particular about blending your lifestyle and dreams to create exactly the ideas you had in mind. If you have done some research or have a cut-out from a magazine of the style of jewellery you like I am more than happy to create that for you. I will make suggestions about how it will look from my experience to fine tune the design. If you are not sure of what you want then I have magazines for you to browse and can sketch from the photos we see what your preferences are. I can confirm this by a technical drawing when necessary so we are both in agreement.
Through my study of gemmology I am able to select gemstones with the best cut and clarity. I am also able to suggest and select stones to suit your budget so you can choose the one you like. You may have a gemstone that you have kept for years that you would now like to have made up and I can help you design something to suit. I can also assess gemstones as to whether they are synthetic or natural. It’s good to know whether they are real or not!
Engagement rings have traditional gemstones for a very good reason. There is a recognized scale of hardness in gemstones and Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies and Aquamarines are high on that list. They stand up to everyday wear and tear. Emeralds are also hard but are considered delicate as they fracture more easily.
Each piece I make that is over $1,000 is valued independently so you receive a Valuation Certificate. This is an assurance for you that you have value for money.
If you have a dream piece in your mind and would simply like to see it on paper fully designed please contact me and take the first steps.
My first contact with a client is from a phone call or email where we establish what is wanted and then arrange an appointment. Sometimes I am sent a photo with a ‘Can you make this for me?’
At this time I study the client’s style and jewellery which gives me clues as to what they would like. I usually spend an hour or more with them nutting out the design, drawing rough sketches, checking the measurements such as width of band, type of setting, gemstones required, finger size, 9 or 18ct gold, etc, etc
The gold and gemstones (if required) are sourced. The metal is prepared on the Rolling Mill to the proportions needed for the band and the setting. The band and settings are bent into shape and soldered then tapped into perfect shapes on a mandrill. Then these are filed and fitted together very neatly and soldered again. Once the ring is together it is polished to a high sheen and the white gold rhodium plated.
With the ring made to the correct finger size the fitting will be just right. Clients are delighted and surprised with the result. From the drawing to the finished article is a big change.
Know that you and your new creation are in the very best hands possible. Julie has been commissioned by people all over the world and will deliver the perfect piece to you and your family that will last decades.