Fine bark diamond ring with vine detail
Today I get to share with you the gorgeous work of Alex Monroe, who has been making jewellery for the past 25 years. These fine intricate rings are inspired by nature and British eccentricity bringing a cute, whimsical charm which makes each piece it’s own.
Fine Bark Band Ring with Vine Detail, Wide Bark Ring set with Tsavorite, Diamond Twig Band
Having trained at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, Alex started making his own jewellery in 1986 out of a small workshop in a picturesque, Victorian cobbled yard in south London. To this day, all of his jewellery is still hand made by a team of highly skilled jewellers in that same studio.
Hammered Heritage Band 2, Feather Band Ring, Plain Grass Blade 3mm Band, Heritage Ring 5
Alex makes all of his original designs by hand using traditional jewellery making techniques, and he will often craft his own tools to help with the creation of a new piece. After his initial sketches, he will move to his bench. Here he will start working directly into pieces of silver to create the original item. Working with silver instead of wax allows him to achieve the high levels of detail and texture that are such a feature of his jewellery.
White Dream, Morganite 8mm Hoya Ring, Green Amethyst Forest Jewel Ring, 5mm Pale Green Sapphire Eyebright
How gorgeous are Alex’s designs. Be sure to go and check out more of his fine jewellery on his website – They’re just gorgeous!
Today, especially as 2013 is slowly coming to a cold and windy close, I thought I would share this infographic from Simply Bridal on the top 10 engagement rings of 2013.
I personally am a massive fan of number 3 – the oval cut. Below is also a list of my five favourite engagement rings from a beautiful online custom jeweller Rare Earth who can be found here on Etsy. Their gorgeous rings are made-to-order and can be purchased in any golds – yellow, white or rose, and also in palladium and platinum, (I love their rose gold rings!) and also sets so you have the perfect match your engagement ring! Below are my favourites.
14K Rose Gold Green Amethyst Ring – £517.25
14K Orange Sapphire Ring – £637.49
14K Vintage amethyst Art Nouveau Engagement Ring – $572.99
14K Blue Sapphire Emerald Cut Engagement Ring – £2,545.56
14K Pear Morganite Rose Gold Ring – £701.36
Which is your favourite Rare Earth ring?