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What to consider when designing your own necklace with Cathy Stephens

What do you do when you know exactly what you want but can’t find the right thing?

You are planning on spending a significant amount of money on a piece of jewellery so you want it to be right. When you can’t find the right piece, come and see us. We will create it for you.


Sampling shapes, colours and proportions
Development of ideas into the final design

The brief: to create a unique necklace inspired by a horseshoe...

Over a discussion with our designer, ideas have been drawn, adapted and further


tailored to our customer's needs. Their dream piece? A necklace in yellow gold; rubies form a significant celebratory element and our customer is in two minds as to whether to include diamonds.


With the help of our loose stone selection - sourced to spec - visualisation and selection is made easy. What's more, there's still complete freedom to play with proportion, layout an colour combinations at this point.


Hand making the framework in 18ct gold
Rubies and diamonds are set in precious metal tubes

What was previously an idea is has sprung to life, and with the necklace design now honed, and our customer happy, it's ready to be handmade by our workshop team.

What began as a simple pencil sketch has been brought to life as an 18ct gold ruby and diamond necklace. The stone-set front portion is suspended from curves of gold and every inch is handmade. The accompanying photos show our workshop team in action.



𝘞𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘮, 18𝘤𝘵 𝘎𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘳. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘢 𝘸𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘷𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘨𝘦𝘮𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘫𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘺. 𝘌𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 '𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘎𝘰𝘭𝘥' 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘎𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘮 𝘑𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘺.



The finished Necklace




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