June commission feature – Edinburgh skyline ring

This month I have another graduation gift for you. This beautiful handmade Edinburgh skyline ring, featuring all the graduate’s favourite buildings as seen from a spot up on Calton Hill.

In March, as you may be aware, I spoke at the Ethical Making Symposium giving my view and story of ethical making. Why I wanted to change and what I’m doing to try to make a difference where I can.

Commissioned by email

It was at this talk that my client found me and after he got my details from the event organisers he got in touch to commission me to make something for his niece on the occasion of her graduation. It was important to him, as he’s based in London, that he could organise everything with me by email.

So I met up with his niece, inviting her along to what was then my studio in Edinburgh, where I showed her my Edinburgh bangle and other pieces that I had in stock as well as samples of rings and photos of previous commissions.

The more we talked the more it became apparent to me that it was a ring she would prefer. It needed to feature the buildings in Edinburgh as seen from Calton hill with the most important feature being the Dugald Stewart monument.

As I always do with commission work I sketched out this Edinburgh skyline ring with all the important features so I could be sure I had every detail required and so that my client could see what her ring would look like once completed.

I always discuss the metal type, width of the ring, textures and finishes, any stones and the ring size before we get on to the landscape required. So if you’re thinking about commissioning something these are the things you’ll need to give some thought to. I always have samples of metals, textures and some rings to try on so you can get an idea if you don’t know where to start.

As her uncle had already spoken with me about the budget, I kept him in the loop about the cost and the design before I went ahead and made it. This meant his niece got what she wanted and I was able to be discreet discussing the price separately.

Edinburgh skyline ring

This beautiful ring will be a lasting reminder of the city for this young graduate who is already moving on to further her education. It was really inspiring to talk to her and I especially loved being able to hand the ring over to her in person.


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