My working week as a contemporary jewellery designer and maker

June 21, 2018

My working week as a contemporary jewellery designer and maker

No two weeks are ever the same for me, and that is part of what I love about making and designing jewellery. Yes, I am in my Herefordshire jewellery making workshop orders and jewellery commissions, however there is so much more too. Clients can visit the studio and often travel from far and wide to see me, which is alway enjoyable. So today I will be putting together quotes for commission work, photographing finished pieces before they are posted off to new homes, sourcing stones, updating the website and sending some pieces of contemporary jewellery to the Birmingham Assay Office. Mixing in a cuddle or two with the office dog and a little bit of Pilates! Heres some snippets from yesterday...

Modern silver and gold two banding with marquise pink sapphire by Sue Lane

This lovely ring commission has been resized and flying off to Germany today to a lovely lady whom I have had the pleasure of making several pieces. I would rather like to be hand delivering this one!

recycling and melting gold to make into a new ring

I often melt and cast clients gold. This image is after I have melted all the gold together and it is still hot. I love the colours and textures.

green leaf against the blue skyline in Herefordshire

Early morning dog walks are always inspiration to me. Below shows one of the ways the inspiration comes through to metal. 

modern chinky silver leaf necklace

This necklace arrived with it's new owner this week. I made it a fraction shorter after she tried it at The Contemporary Craft Festival. She is delighted, phew! 

working with an emerald and diamonds for a commission to make a stacking rinsget

I am really falling for using emeralds in my contemporary rings. I have worked with 5 recently and I love them. They are also the birthstone for May, which suits me too! These are going to make a fabulous stacking ring set for a client. 

aquamarine and diamond three band joined ring

This new unique sapphire and diamond ring was finished just before the Craft Festival. I have uploaded it to my website this week.

heart shaped petal

This time of year means everything in the countryside changes so quickly. Just yesterday I noticed how lots of these petals had fallen and lined a patch of my walk around the field. 

Finally the pair of 18ct gold hook earrings below have been having lots of love on Instagram this week (over 10K views!). I really need to get the silver version online too... it's time I got back to bench! 

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.