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.
My ring arrived yesterday. It’s wonderful. I’m so pleased. I really like having rings that have been designed and crafted by an artist that I have actually met. Makes them so much more fun to wear. Rest assured that it has found a good home.
Continue the beautiful work. And thanks for the polishing cloth.
Erik has to be one of the most talented young jewelry artists I have met in the last 20 years. His sense of form leads to designs rarely encountered in traditional jewelry stores.