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Bespoke + Remakeries

bridget kennedy at the bench

Looking to commission a new piece of jewellery?

I’m sensitive to the connection and meaning that jewellery can embody and enjoy sharing the process of making unique commissioned work. One of the things I love to do is to refashion tired and broken jewellery into new heirlooms. It’s fun to do and means less gold is dug out of our precious planet.

Inherited jewellery is often stored, hidden from view, filled with the memory of loved ones but never worn because it’s not to our taste. It’s such a waste to have these memories and materials locked away. I can help you use your existing gold and gemstones in a new way, creating new memories and meaning. If required, I can also work with new gold and stones.

Below, you will find a short video of the process that goes into these remakeries, and some examples of past commissions.

A ring for him

Using gold that had been donated by their parents, the brief for this ‘remakery wedding’ band was for a simple wedding band, natural, and ancient looking with a subtle texture but not hammered! 

Classic soft elegance

A quantity of gold jewellery collected over a lifetime (including a gold filling!!), was converted into two classic soft edged rectangular profiled bangles to be worn every day. Before melting, the solder joins were removed. This can take time (particularly when chain is involved) but results in a better quality material to work with.The finish was a soft satin, which will gently burnish with time. Much better than leaving jewellery locked away and unloved in a jewellery box!

A remote ‘cross-country’ remakery

It was an honour to be trusted by an art teacher/farmer from WA, to remotely remake two rings for her from family jewels. The brief was something understated and elegant, no fine delicacy, but rather a piece that was organic, solid and geometric. The existing emerald was chipped but this was able to be neatly hidden in the end result. The second ring was to remake a treasured heirloom, with a more solid band and replace the CZ’s with green parti-sapphires.

A’melt’ remakery bangle with a sparkly sprinkle of diamonds.

Part of a gold coin was alloyed down to match an existing 18ct yellow gold leftover from a previous remakery, to form this ‘melt’ solid gold bangle with a sprinkle of existing sparkly diamonds added. Made for a very lucky daughter.

A 50th starry night!

Lots of sparkle to celebrate 50 years, without it costing the planet! We used one existing diamond and purchased a few more conflict free diamonds from a reputable supplier.

Two new rings from old jewels!

Two new rings were made from old gold and an existing amethyst and diamonds. The client didn’t like yellow, so we alloyed the metal to a creamy 9ct white. the amethyst ring was set iin a hand fabricated silver band.

Understated organic bling!

An existing remakery customer came back for seconds! The brief was to create a pair of simple organic slightly asymmetric and understated earrings so that these beautiful inherited diamonds could be worn every day.

A grandpa’s stone set for a daughter.

This lovely green sapphire was from a collection of hand cut gemstones inherited from father to son. Chris wanted to gift one of these stones that his father had cut himself, to his daughter as a ring.

A delicate remakery with a small addition.

This ring had sentimental value but the style was no longer loved by Helly, so we made it into something new!

Lost one of a favourite pair of earrings?

I can often make a replacement. Here’s a few examples. Can you pick which one was the original?

Shiny, shiny!

I don’t make much highly polished jewellery but this brief called for it. Julie’s vision was for a polished,  substantial ring that could be worn daily, using up various gemstones unset from old jewellery.

Another out with the old let’s start afresh ring!

Made from existing old gold, a cabachon opal and two small emeralds that were slightly damaged and a gift from an old relationship it was time for something new! Erin’s brief was for a rough, chunky organic ring that oculd be worn every day.The chips in the emeralds were hidden by using a rub over setting.

A charm bracelet with a gold nugget.

Matt’s was to make a special bangle for his partner, incorporating a found gold nugget and something pink (one of her favourite colours), within a budget.

A silver and gold diamond stacker.

Victoria wanted to incorporate her diamond and gold into an organic pebble style of ring that could be worn every day alongside existing silver jewellery. Not too ‘glitzy’ and to work with a relaxed personal aesthetic.

A very special signet ring in memory of a loved one lost.

Made from her jewellery for him to wear as a life long keepsake. A new signet ring was created in his size, with echoes of the design of her ring we made it slightly stronger visually to reflect the strength needed during times of heartache.

A matching set – pendant an earrings

Using old gold and jewellery collected over a number of decades, a new pendant and matching earrings were made.

A remakery with a client’s jewels and yellow gold.

With leftover stones from a previous remakery, we made another bangle and a ring.

From a ring to ruby earrings!

What to do with an engagement ring after a divorce? Cut it up and make some earrings!

A one of a kind engagement ring!

Salt and Pepper diamonds are in a class of their own. Unlike regular white diamonds, each one is unique. They’re a terrific option if you’re looking for a unique looking stone, think imperfection is beautiful, want to stand out with your choice and aren’t someone who conforms to society’s norms. These more affordable diamonds contain inclusions as a standout feature, providing the durability of a diamond.

A  gold remake of a special keepsake ring!

A remakery of a fine brass ring which had lots of memories. Remade in 14ct gold with a sturdier structure.

A  sprinkle of diamonds with a splash of red!

A remakery from a client’s old gold and selected gemstones. The brief was for a comfortable everyday ring with sparkle but not glitz!

A  bold ‘organics’ gold band

A remakery from a client’s gold. The brief was for a weighty solid ring, refined yet with the marks of the maker present.

A soft ‘melt’ ring

A remakery from a client’s gold to stack with an existing set of rings. The brief was for a soft gentle melted look

The understated Diamond pendant

A remakery from a client’s gold with a stunning inherited diamond. Not a ‘shiny’ woman, she didn’t want ‘bling’ and wanted something she could wear everyday. It was made to be reversable for an even more understated every day look when required.

A ‘twiggy’ engagement ring

Organic and natural, this engagement ring includes sapphires, tourmalines and rubies.

A pair of oxidised statement earrings

Custom earrings made for a special birthday, discretely including the initials of 3 children in the design.

A new ‘flow’ ring made from old gold and diamonds

The customer was looking for a ring that had width but with an open and flowy linear feel with her diamonds scattered around the band.

A new ring with lots of memories

A new pebble ring was made from meaningful jewellery that just wasn’t her style. Finished for her 32nd wedding anniversary, there was enough gold left over to make a replacement wedding ring for her husband.

How to make something great after a divorce!

White gold and diamond rings were melted down and some of the gemstones used to create this ‘starry’ joyful everyday ring.

A ‘memorial’ memento-mori ring to remember someone special

Made with little black diamonds, the brief was for the ring to have an organic, slightly rough look, showing marks of the maker.

A ‘Starry night’ 21st birthday ring

A lovely new keepsake was made from old gold and gemstones, to celebrate a daughter’s 21st birthday. This commission was completed during lockdown with ring sizes checked remotely and some live video feeds to check on design details.

From unloved to two new everyday rings

This heirloom jewellery was given a new life with two hand fabricated everyday rings using old gold and new gemstones.

A very special and unique way to propose to your partner

Using an unworn charm bracelet chain from childhood and some hand stamping to create a hand held object to represent the moment of proposal. (I also hold private workshops where you can make these special gifts yourself with your own stamping and mark making).

A recent remakery for an 18th birthday

Made using existing gold and gemstones from family inherited jewellery, the emeralds were quite worn. An ‘ancient organic’ style seemed to suit the patina of the gemstones. The client, and her daughter, were very happy with the pendant and I heard it’s been worn every day since it was gifted!

 

I call this my ‘Covid’ remakery

This commission for a pair of engagement rings was initiated at the end of 2019, then the couple went back overseas with plans to return for Easter. Well, we all know what happened next! This whole job was completed remotely, primarily using Facebook messenger with many pics and videos of progress. Made from old gold including pandora beads, the final rings were nervously internationally couriered to the recipients during the height of the pandemic. They arrived safely and all went well!

My first remakery of 2020

An unloved 18ct gold chain becomes a simple, creamy gold organics bangle. Now that gold will be worn again! All the ‘organics’ bangles are slightly wonky with their own personalities. I try not to work them too much but to let the making process dictate the shape.

‘New’ white and yellow gold ‘organics’ bangles

White gold can be a bit tricky to melt and rework but a solution was found!

Two matching silver rings

My first ‘instagram’ remakery. All done by post and many messages via social media!

A couple of ‘organics’ bangles

With a sprinkling of repurposed emeralds, sapphires and diamonds – all made from existing unloved jewellery

A new ‘ancient’ 18ct gold pebble ring

Hand fabricated with gold granules. I’d love to make one of these in gold if there’s anyone out there with enough gold to let me loose with it!

Embellishing a gold chain

The client wanted to add some elements to her existing gold chain to give it a new life. Some of her old gold was metled down and rolled thinly to create organic shaped elements that we wrapped around the chain.

A special 21st birthday

This client brought in some of her mother’s old jewellery, wanting to transform it into a pendant for her granddaughter’s 21st birthday present. The finished product was a very meaningful gift for a milestone birthday!

A transformation

This client once purchased a pendant from me, and had since decided they would like to have it as a ring instead! A simple, structured gold band was added to the chunky, organic face. 

Stacking rings

The client’s old gold was melted down to make three delicate stacking rings. 5 small diamonds added detail to the stunning simplicity of the design. 

Lots for Lea!

This lovely lady brought me HEAPS of old gold; so we could start a few different projects! Firstly, we melted down the rose gold, removed the diamonds from some old rings and created some delicate stacking bangles.

Next, the old yellow gold was melted down. Some of this gold was refined into wire, which was then made into one of my ‘weave’ bangles.

Still plenty of old gold and stones left! The remainder was made into a chunky gold ring with one of the client’s old pear-shaped diamonds set into the band. 

Organic rethinking

Old gold was melted down to make a more natural organic shaped ring. Diamonds from an old ring were added to the organic design for detail.

New Styles

Plenty of old gold that was melted into a pendant and bangle that reflected the owner’s updated, more modern style. 

Signet change

This client no longer wore or used this signet ring. The gold was melted down and the stone re-purposed to make two pendants, which could be worn together or separately on gold chain.

Ring full of bling

As an avid gardener, this client wanted her old gold and diamonds remade into a ring with flower-like detail. No holds barred when it came to size and sparkle!

Commitment rings

A pair of similar but not identical wedding rings from inherited gold.

Rose Gold Earrings

A pair of shiny and bold rose gold earrings, with a floral hammered pattern, were made from inherited jewellery.

Memories of Mum

A large slightly organic weighty gold ring with an undulating edge with randomly sprinkled inherited diamonds.

Women Power

A pair of tiny earrings made for a lovely lady passionate about permaculture. She wanted to transform some unloved jewellery into a simple pair of organic style earrings. The three small pebbles at the bottom represent three women in the family… and there’s a special personal story behind the making of the work.

4 Generations

This darling woman brought in her mother’s and grandmother’s wedding and engagement rings to have a series of four stacking rings made using the gold and diamonds, to represent her grandmother, her mother, herself and her daughter. 

A Special Birthday

An elegant bangle  was made for a younger family member to celebrate a special birthday. The young lady did a lot of physical activity so she wanted something that was simple and not too delicate.

A Jewellery Update

This lovely lady had quite a few pieces of jewellery that she’d been given over the years by relatives. She wanted them remade into a number of rings that were more her style.

‘weave’ bangles

I’ve made a few of these now. The first one was for a lovely lady who used some of her old gold to make a gift for her granddaughter’s 18th birthday.

No sparkles please!

This client inherited some gold jewellery but never wore gold because it was too sparkly. She liked big tribal necklaces. So I made some organic medallions that could be strung on some of her beads to make a statement neckpiece and a pair of earrings.

Some other examples…