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Rings

For the longest time I have drawn and sketched things and I have had a particular fascination for geometry, symmetry and proportion. Working with beautiful gemstones has given me the opportunity to take these 2D representations from the page into the 3D. For a while now I have been drawing designs for rings, cufflinks and other jewels that come into my mind. For myself, as a precision and artistic gemcutter, it has always felt like the logical next step to take these lovely gems and begin to wrap metal around them. It's something that I can't quite explain and put into words. New directions, expansions of skills and horizons. Each piece that I design has had alot of thought put into it. It usually begins with gems that I have cut and as I hold and gaze into them sometimes I can see the jewel that I want to create with it. Often I'm daydreaming at the time which is easy to do when gazing into beautiful gems. Once I have the design on the page I usually know the goldsmith that I want to work with to create the piece and in collaboration bring it into being.



#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
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Jewel

Design : Ring
Designed By : Doug Menadue, 2019
Metal : 18K White Gold + 18K Rose Gold
Item : #bgj102

Stones

Stone : Pink Tourmaline + Colour Change Garnets + Diamonds
Design : Antique Round + Round Brilliants
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2019
Origin : Afghanistan
Colour : Pink
Weight : 6.3 Carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 11mm
Price : AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

With this ring I wanted to explore curves and peaks and shoulder with a fantastical edge. My hand would often draw and doodle these sorts of curves and arcs idly on a piece of paper while daydreaming or listening to someone on the phone. At some point it clicked that I had this beautiful pink tourmaline and this vision of it being proudly held aloft by these graceful curves and I knew that I had to draw up a design for a ring. That I did and together with the metalsmithing genius of Roberto Mattei we were able to breathe life into something that had it's spark of genesis in a daydream.

On a more lighthearted note, my eyes are very much drawn to the particular styling of the shoulders of the ring. They remind me of spaulders and pauldrons which are components of a knight's plate armour that protect the shoulders. More specifically I think of those fantastical suits of armour in that game, World of Warcraft. What must I have been channeling when I designed this ring?

You can view the original tourmaline I cut here.

For all enquiries concerning this ring please contact COURTESY OF THE ARTIST located in the Strand Arcade in the centre of the Sydney CBD.

#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia
#bgj102, Ring - Doug Menadue :: Bespoke Gems - WWW.BESPOKE-GEMS.COM - Precision Gemcutting and Lapidary Services In Sydney Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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