I was commissioned by the mother of a Scottish groom to be, to make a necklace for his Thai bride.
I was given a few photographs of the happy couple from their engagement ceremony and was given pretty much free reign, my only instruction was to fuse the two cultures together.
Using the photos above, a little research into Thai patterns and my knowledge on Scottish culture I came up with a few designs. The client picked my favourite design; this one:
and I got to work!
As you can see, the main design elements are taken from the image of the floral display for the ring box. This pattern is the representation of the Thai culture and the central thistle adds the Scottish representation.
I completed the design by hand-etching sterling silver with the patterns and then hand-piercing, filing and sanding into the final necklace and earring shapes. The settings for the thistle’s amethyst and the earring’s citrines were added, and the ear studs and neckchain were added. The set was given a final clean and polish and I whipped up a display frame for them to sit on.
What do you think?
From the feedback I was given, I think this gift went down quite well…. “she really really loves it. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen her speechless.”!!
If you’re interested in setting up a commission, please pop on over to my Commissions Page for more details.