A special thanks to Erik Stewart for a beautiful engagement ring. It is such an amazing piece that I can’t believe it’s on my finger. You and Oli can design jewelry for me anytime!
The earrings are so beautiful I am going to send them to my daughter for her birthday. She has exquisite taste (and darn fussy), but I’m confident she’ll love them. That gives you some idea how lovely and unique I think they are.
When you were working on Marlene’s ring, I requested the Besides design. Once you got the diamond, however, you realized that that design would not work for that stone, so you created a design that would. You took inspiration from the natural (albeit cut) stone and built a functionally beautiful shape around it. Mooncheese is another great example of that (and the ring is more organic or natural than some of your work, just like the uncut diamond that is set in it).
When I look at your work I see an artist inspired by his materials to create a piece that presents the defining characteristics of the materials. That is how you talk about your work, too. “I had this stone, so I did this design,” not the other way around. I am sure that is not always the process, but I think that is a very important distinction that is reflected in your best work.
The earrings are stunning! They and the necklace together are dramatic yet simple. I love them – Craig did a great job picking them out (and I know he enjoyed seeing all of your work), and we’re both very happy with his choice and with how everything turned out.
I personally am thrilled, and was completely surprised by the gift. I’ve never seen jewelry quite like this before! And before your set, I didn’t own and had rarely seen chocolate pearls or colored diamonds. It’s fun to have something unique in both component and design!
Thank you so much for creating the entire set – and for taking such care to get the earrings to us!
Best regards, and thanks again –
Excellent quality and one of a kind designs with customer service that surpasses all. Thanks Erik!