Mid summer catch up

July 18, 2019

Sue Lane contemporary jewellery blog.

Oh wow, where has the time gone since my last blog post in April? Here's a little round up of what's been happening since then.

Spring turned to Summer.

Sunrise in the Herefordshire countryside outside my jewellery studio

The studio was buzzing with online orders and jewellery commissions for summer weddings and engagements

Bespoke contemporary platinum and 18ct yellow gold square diamond engagement ring, handmade to commission in Herefordshire

I went to Craft Festival in Devon. I met some lovely new clients, some existing clients which I hadn't met face to face and caught up with lots of makers and friends, all while chatting and selling contemporary jewellery. Oh yes, and squelched in a little bit of mud! 

Sue Lane contemporary jewellery at the Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon.It was then straight back to the jewellery workbench and more making in the sunshine.

Herefordshire contemporary jewellery commissioning by Sue Lane.

My two nephews joined me to work on their own projects. Tom has completed his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, part of which is to learn a new skill. He is already a pretty amazing silversmith, so we came up with a project for a brooch that involved all sorts of complex and intricate skills. 

Tom making a brooch

James needed to make a silver spoon. He had inherited a family sugar bowl and spoon, however the spoon was stolen before he got it. So... he made a new one, even better than the first. 

James making a silver spoon

I worked on a variety of lovely up-cycing pieces too.

Two band diamond up-cyled eternity ring

Summer has been really quite lovely, although our corner of Herefordshire never gets "quite" as hot or as much sunshine as other parts of Herefordshire, or the rest of the south (on a hill and high up!). I'm not complaining; its gorgeous just how it is!

So much inspiration and colour around at the moment...

One of the farm buildings, although this old baler didn't get used this summer.

I love walking the dog through the fields of cut grass and freshly baled hay, it is the sight and smell of summer for me.

Walking the dog through fields of cut grass ready for hay in the scence and smell of sumer for me.

The office dog had a serious knee operation in early summer. However we are starting to build up her exercise again and I get to walk thought the fields and woods and take all sorts of arty photographs, which I don't seem to do without the dog. 

Black la with a bale or hay

Anyway, perhaps that enough for now, back to the bench and to finish a pair of earrings with these little 2mm diamonds set into 18ct gold tubes. 

Catch up soon! tube set diamonds ready to make a pair or earrirngs

Ring sizing

Standard designs

Sue makes rings to the size you select when ordering. If the ring does not fit, then she will re-size the ring free of charge (once only) providing:

  1. You (the customer) pay £9 to cover Royal Mail Special Delivery costs for returning the ring to you (can be paid online or via bank transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it is returned within 14 days of delivery.

Please contact Sue before returning a ring for a re-size; it is so useful to have a discussion to help gauge how much adjustment is needed.

Please note: rings must be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery and opting for the appropriate insurance option to cover the cost of the item. Sue Lane is not responsible for the delivery costs of returning a ring for re-sizing or for lost or damaged rings whilst in transit. For more details, please read our Returns Policy.

After 14 days: Sue will happily resize but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work plus postage. Sue can quote for any work before you return the ring.

Commissioned designs

Any item made just for you, that is not one of Sue's standard designs: You (the customer) need to ensure the size is correct before Sue commences any work. If your order doesn't fit, Sue may be able to resize for you depending on the design and stones used. There may well be a charge involved due to the complexity of the design and for working with stones that where not supplied by Sue which may be difficult to work with. Contact Sue to discuss if it is possible and she can let you know the cost involved, including postage.

Not sure of your ring size?

If you are not sure of your ring size, please contact Sue. She can arrange your order and then post out a free ring sizer to you. You then simply call or email with the measurement.