WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! It’s amazing – I can’t stop cycling through these images. How the heck did you come up with something so utterly perfect out of all my disorganized and inarticulate ramblings?! Erik, it’s better than anything I could have imagined. Oh my God — the bowl that the stone sits in! It’s modern and sexy and feminine and yet it’s got a little heft to it – a little edge. Reminds me of a Japanese tea cup. How the rings nestle up against one another…go on!! I can’t stand it. I can’t wait to wear it.
Thanks so much for all the time you have spent with me. I am thrilled that you’re willing to take our project on. Again, Erik, your designs are phenomenal. You are a true visionary. Every time I look at your website, I fall in love all over again.
The rings arrived today. They look absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for all your hard work. We love them. It completely and utterly kicks Tiffany’s ass! You can quote me on that. You’re brilliant.
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 –
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!
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.