Story Pieces

Unique, meaningful and oh so special

My story pieces are contemporary designs that take your story as inspiration.

These are creative, collaborative pieces, that are designed exclusively for you and where you are central to the design process.

Have a look at some examples below, find out how it all works and then get in touch and ask for my “Story Pieces” brochure

Susan’s Pendant

Susan and I chatted about her life, her childhood growing up by the sea, her family and their history.  I listened as she told me about the places she and her family had lived, worked and visited and what mattered most.

The thing that came through loud and clear during our conversation was the theme of family and the wonderful strong women in her life. We decided that the theme would be family, the roots, ties that bind and lives woven together.  Then it was for me to translate those stories into a concept for her pendant.

I spent time researching, allowing ideas to percolate and distill and eventually decided that I would map, using string lines, all of the places Susan had ties to.  The central sapphire represents her childhood home on the beach in Scotland each strand coming off the pendant represents the relative distances to other places in the world that have meaning for her.  The single sapphire on the long strand is Thailand, a place that her mum visited and bought the earrings from which that oval sapphire came.  There’s a whole other side story to those earrings, personal to Susan and her mum.  Each stone and strand on this beautiful articulated pendant represents a place and a story and tie that binds.

Susan reused both the precious metal and stones from a number of rings and a watch belonging to her family, plus her mum’s earrings.  She even came to the studio to watch her metal being melted down and helped to mill the gold sheet.

The finished jewel is a beautiful, contemporary pendant, imbued with much meaning, life and family history.

Jewellery remodelling gold pendant square | Lisa Rothwell-Young
Ruby Diamond Platinum Story Ring | Lisa Rothwell-Young
A Ruby Wedding Present

My client came to see me to discuss a very special Ruby wedding present for his partner.  We talked at length about what he wanted to create and I asked him to tell me about her, what her interests were, their lives together, family and what was most important.

My client’s partner is a Reiki Master, interested in natural healing and yoga, walking and reading.  Family is very important, they have both children and grandchildren and had spent time in the Far East/Orient, including Singapore and Japan.  A favourite place was the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.

As is my process, I went away and researched the things and places my client had told me about.  I learned about the harmonisation of mind, body and soul through Reiki practice.  I found that the national flower of Singapore symbolised harmony.  I also looked at the Scottish symbol for harmony  and the four elements, which is a four loop knot, similar to Pictish symbols found on the Island of Raasay in the Western Isles of Scotland.

I also looked at Japanese family crests and found one with a trifolia plant.  The triquetra is also known to symbolise land, sea and sky or mind body and soul, tying this symbol to her Reiki and Yoga practices.  It is from these symbols that the design took shape.

The central stone was to be a Ruby, and my client came to the studio to choose from a selection, settling on a very beautiful cushion cut, ethically sourced from Sri Lanka.  This ruby was to be surrounded by a bead set halo of traceable Canadian diamonds and was to be made in recycled platinum.  I designed the basket of the ring in the shape of the 4 loop knot, to signify harmony and as a nod to the West Coast of Scotland and Singapore.  I added triquetra shaped shoulders and each would be set with 3 diamonds, symbolising their children and grandchildren.   Then, because each part of the piece deserves the same amount of thought and attention, I added an elegant knife edge shaped band which tapered towards the shoulders.  It is a beautiful ethical piece symbolising lives lived and the things that matter most.

Story

We always start with your story.  I get to know you through an appointment where I find out what you want to create.  This is where I understand the bigger picture behind the piece.

Inspiration

Next up comes the creative part.  Here I transform your story into a concept, capturing the emotion of your piece and carefully considering each element of the design.  I often include photographs of places, people and things, pencil sketches and poetry or lyrics, all pulled together to show how I’ve interpreted your tale.

Sourcing

When sourcing stones I consider different shapes and sizes, cut and clarity – looking for depth of colour and those flashes of fire that give the stone sparkle and personality.  Once I’ve created a shortlist of stones I present them so you can choose the piece that calls to you.

Specifics

I provide a quote and we discuss timescales and tiny details.
Then I get to work on your piece and you’ll be invited to visit and see work in progress.

Finally comes the big reveal – your personal piece delivered to you in a beautiful handmade wooden box.  You’ll also receive a copy of my sketches and photographs taken during the making process.

I’d love to hear your story

Alex’s family had clubbed together to buy her a piece of jewellery for her 21st birthday.  Alex was still travelling at the time and having chatted, we decided that it would be lovely to have a piece to remind her about her “around the world” adventures.  Alex had mentioned to me about her time volunteering with turtles in Hawaii and the result was this piece.  Handmade in recycled sterling silver, the detail was drawn on by hand and acid etched.  It was set with an ethically sourced green agate from Brazil.

Andy came to see me as he was looking for a special gift for his wife.  The design is based on the home they lived in for many years and all the memories that it held.  The tree is the one they could see from their window along with the wildlife that visited their garden.  This necklace was created in sterling silver, each bird and animal is acid etched onto the silver in relief, before being oxidised to give contrast.  The reverse is stamped with locations close to where they live.

Liz came to see me with her Mum’s engagement ring.  We sat and talked about her memories of her Mum and finally settled on a design that reminded Liz of her Mum’s favourite flower, the peony.  The ring was created in platinum and each of the flowers is set with one of the stones from the original engagement ring.

Francis and Elise wanted to create an engagement ring that held memories of Francis proposal with a ring made from rush.  Elise also wanted to honour the memory of her Grandmother by using details of her Grandmothers ring.  We worked together to design a ring that has elements of both, that is delicate, clean, modern and sustainable.

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