Diamonds really are a girls best friend, but imagine having a bespoke piece of jewellery designed just for you. That is exactly what I have have been doing with the extremely talented Roseanna Croft from Roseanna Croft Jewellery.
A couple of months ago, I went to their Bakewell Studio for the Champagne Design Experience. During the design experience, I enjoyed a couple of glasses of Champagne, and a lovely afternoon tea. We discussed my likes, dislikes and my dream item of jewellery. It honestly was a wonderful experience, something I will never forget and I will (and have) recommend to everyone.
After my Champagne Design Experience, Roseanna sent me the designs. It then took me a couple of weeks of thinking about which one I loved the most, it was really difficult as I loved them both. Once I made the decision, I then had to try and patiently wait. It was not easy.
When I booked my appointment to go back to the studio to collect my ring, Roseanna asked me if I would like to see her set some of the stones within the ring. Of course I wanted to do this, when would I ever get this chance again, to watch a fabulous Goldsmith at work.
I arrived at the studio, to be greeted by the lovely Roseanna. We spoke about the exciting things happening for Roseanna Croft Jewellery, they will be offering design experiences in London. It means that people all over the country will be able to easily access Roseanna and her team, either at her Bakewell studio or in London. Although I think Roseanna Croft Jewellery will start to pop up all over the Country in the near future.
Setting precious stones
Roseanna showed me my ring, although unfinished I was instantly in love with it. The beautiful centre diamond and the shoulders each set with 5 little diamonds. Roseanna then showed me the rubies and opals she had specially sourced for my ring. Four little rubies and two little opals, all so pretty. I couldn’t wait to see then seated within my ring.
I was so privileged to see the process of setting the stones, cutting away tiny pieces of the gold to make sure each stone had just the right amount of space for it to sit in. It really surprised me how at ease Roseanna was with all the different little tools she was using, and how it just flowed so naturally. As though her tools were part of her, picking different ones up without looking, just knowing where each one was on her work bench. It really was amazing to watch.
After the stones had their perfect little seats, Roseanna began to file the gold down, polishing, re-checking, polishing making sure everything was perfect. Explaining every step of the way what she was doing and why. I really walked away thinking I would love to be a Goldsmith, not that I have the talent for it.
Roseanna showed me the polishing process, it was amazing to see the shine given to the white gold, when used on the polishing wheel.
My beautiful finished ring
After checking and re-checking, Roseanna placed my ring into a lovely grey box, popped it into a gift bag and then presented to me. WOW!!! Roseanna also produces a story card for each items she designs along with a valuation that you are able to use for insurance proposes if required.
I am honestly in love with my new ring. It is just like the design we spoke about, it is perfect for me. I know it’s a bit different but that is what I love about it. Not everyone will like it but I love it and that is all that matters.
Isn’t is just beautiful?
I have shown everyone and spoken about how wonderful the whole experience has been working on this with Roseanna and her team. From the first time I stepped into her studio, I knew I would love whatever Roseanna designed for me. Her knowledge and understanding not only of the gold and the precious stones she works with, but of me. My likes and dislikes, any questions I had were answered, even when I contacted her about the ring before she made it, not an issue. I never felt that anything was to much for her. Which to me is priceless. When you are designing something that you will wear forever or has so much meaning to you, you want to know that the person you are trusting with it will surpass your dreams and expectations. That is exactly what Roseanna Croft and her team did for me.
I cannot thank Roseanna enough for making this timeless piece for me, that tells my story of the love for my children and something that will stay with me forever.