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Commissioned Diamond Engagement Ring by geraldine kane

A client came to me asking for a ring to propose to his girlfriend with on her birthday. Something simple and beautiful that she could wear and remember the moment he asked the question, but not an engagement ring - he was smart enough to know that she would want input on that :)

He chose a 14ct matt yellow gold version of our Fionn Arc Ring, which she now wears on her right hand. On her left hand she now wears this...

Orla knew from the beginning that she wanted a warm coloured diamond, along the champagne-pinky-peachy-mocha tones. 

Through some further chats and exchanging of inspirational photos, we narrowed down the small minute details that may not be obvious at first, allowing us to create the exact ring of her dreams.

-Warm coloured stone. Peachy-brown more than yellow. Light & soft rather than deep-coloured
-Three stone setting to create a wider ring
-Around 1ct sized centre stone
-White side stones to contrast the coloured centre stone
-Round, soft shapes. Nothing square or hard-edged
-Simple, open settings to allow as much light in as possible
-V-shaped settings, not square settings (when viewed from the side, the setting looks like a V)
-Side stones to be slightly tilted outwards, tucked in beside the centre diamond setting
-14ct or 18ct yellow gold to compliment the warm centre stone.
-A triangular band (a cross-section of the band looks like a triangle, but with softened edges) 
-The ring should overall highlight the diamonds. The base being a simple, elegant support
-A clear budget with no unexpected costs, very important!

You don't need to know all these details at the beginning, they just evolve organically through the design process. Also, you have to be willing to let go of some design features that may harm the overall balance and design of the ring, simplicity is key. 

We love a new challenge so if you would like to discuss any kind of custom-designed jewellery, just send us an email at info@isle-jewellery.com to get the ball rolling.

Didn't turn out too badly at all!

G


 

Showcase 2016 by geraldine kane

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We took part in Showcase in Dublin for the second time at the end of January. We had learnt a lot from the first year, little important behind-the-scenes things like remembering to bring double-sided tape, a tape measure and to bring a step ladder- except we forgot to bring the step ladder. But we managed and were very pleased with the results 

It's a long few days and a lot of preparation work but it's worth it - the positive feedback, new friends and new stockists all add up to days well spent.

Thank you,

H

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Flora drama by geraldine kane

I've been wanting to create a floral range for a long time and have started and stopped many times. Back in the day, when I was studying Art at school, I was obsessed by Art Nouveau and anything ornately curly and organic. I progressed to studying Metalsmithing & Jewellery at uni and my focus turned to contrasting masculine and feminine, organic and industrial.

Now, many years on, I seem to have lost my soft side. Nothing gives me more joy these days than flat surfaces and sharp angles. So that explains my losing battle with my Flora range. 

During a trip home, I took some photos of heather and scrub just outside Newcastle, Co.Down. I realised that focusing on individual flower forms was limiting me and found the whole scene to be much more inspiring. I picked out patterns using simple dots, suggesting movement and a kind of organic rhythm.

My new obsession is dot-based 

I guess I'm reverting back to my contrast days in uni - simple, hard shapes mixed with organic patterns. Who knows, maybe the next collection will be an Art Nouveau- inspired extravaganza.

Probably not :) 

FLORA [take 3000] is well underway and I am loving it. We will be exhibiting it at Showcase 2016 and launching it in the early half of 2016. Nothing like a deadline to encourage creativity.

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Thank you,

G


Stor, A New Irish Design Shop in Tokyo by geraldine kane

There's been a lot happening here in Tokyo recently. I've been working with a good friend, Mizue, who has decided to open a design shop in Daikanyama that showcases contemporary  Irish design.

The idea began slowly, a long time ago. We had been discussing, on and off, Mizue's desire for a new challenge and a new career. Originally a graphic designer, she hoped for something creative but with a different pace of working.

After exhibiting at Showcase 2015 with ISLE, I showed her photos of the interesting and beautiful products I saw there. Instantly she said 'I'll open an Irish Design shop' - and she did.

www.stor-daikanyama.com
@stor_daikanyama [Instagram + Twitter]

Thank you,

G


New ISLE stockist by geraldine kane

Very excited to tell you that ISLE Jewellery is now available at the beautifully peaceful F.E. McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge, County Down.

Exhibitions, workshops, sculpture garden, stylish cafe and the opportunity to try on some of our jewellery - a perfect day out I'd say! :D

Chat soon,

 

G


Matt gold by geraldine kane

Just working away on some new orders today. I haven't had much time to add posts recently because I've been flat out, but I just wanted to share this beautiful 10K yellow gold FIONN SKINNY ring. When polishing metal, we work down from rough sandpaper to a very fine grain to reveal a shiny surface. This ring is part-way through the process, each face is smooth but the overall effect is matt. The angles still catch the light but the glow is soft and really shows the warmth of yellow gold.

Well, I'd better get back to it...


There's no place like SHOWCASE by geraldine kane

I'm finally writing about our time at the Showcase Creative Expo and, honestly, we had a great time. We were really impressed by the talent and hard work we saw there but above all by the FRIENDLINESS of the organisers, exhibitors and visitors. One thing I recognise more and more from being away from home is that Irish people are LOVELY!

So, here's a little of what we saw and what really stood out amongst the all the rows of booths

[click on the titles for link to each website]

Snug.

Snug create handmade contemporary furniture in their workshop in Snugboro, Co. Wicklow. They offer beautifully modern pieces with obvious quality that comes from handcrafted furniture. Apart from the items on their online shop, they also create bespoke pieces.  


Thought I'd start with another County-Down company, Bog Standard. The name is somewhat misleading as the products are beautifully presented and "try to “bottle” all that is lovely about Irish life and landscape and share it". [stole that from their website :) ]

They've created a pure and wholesome range of candles and things with a modern femininity.


31 Chapel Lane by Damien and Joi is a collection of Irish linen and tweed. Their pared-back contemporary branding lets the down to earth fabric do the talking. Check out their website for small fabric accessories, tableware and some pieces of fabric that you can get creative with.


A beautiful brand and a lovely lady. Nadia has a whole lot of talent and a lot of energy [thank you for all your advice, it was a pleasure meeting you!] The baby clothing is fresh, sweet and delightfully gender-neutral.


The Vintage Satchel Company is located in our very own Belfast and I can't believe I hadn't heard of them before. They have been in the business of making these quality leather satchels for over 50 years. With some updated colours and some simple, classic designs, they are a perfect combination of old and new. I particularly love their Hewitt and Farset collections


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Looking forward to next year!

Thanks for reading,

G


Great News! by geraldine kane

Yeay, we're celebrating the happy engagement of Andrew and Oonagh!  Andrew got down on one knee on Oonagh's birthday during a holiday to NYC  (10/10 for romance!)

To top it all off, he proposed with ISLE's Fionn Skinny ring, set with a sparkly white diamond (10/10 for great taste! :D )

Looking forward to seeing more of the celebrations.

*\(^o^)/*

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