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SORA Vibes by geraldine kane

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Here's a little visual introduction to the ideas and inspiration behind the new Sora collection. We wanted Sora, 空 meaning Sky in Japanese, to be a modern, fine jewellery response to the romantic idea of the night sky. The designs have been honed and simplified in order to create fresh and modern jewellery that can be worn with anything, for a very long time.  The classic black and gold colour pallete is made up of 9ct yellow gold and conflict-free black diamonds, giving a dark sparkle and sophisticated edge to simple forms.

Any of the pieces in the Sora collection could be worn with a crisp white shirt, a casual t-shirt or a floral summer dress - and that versatility was the main motivation behind creating this collection of Modern Romantic investment pieces.

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We hope you like them!

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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!

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Pin Cushion Ring by geraldine kane

I made this for my sister's birthday (H) a few weeks ago...

She likes to sew and makes beautiful things. So I thought she should have something special to help her make beautiful things.

It was difficult to stitch such a tiny cushion using the thick kimono fabric, but after several attempts I managed to get a reasonably neat finish. 

The sides are a matt finish and the base has a high polished finish, just to add a bit of texture to such simple lines.

I wonder will she wear it...
 

Gold vermeil ring [18ct gold plated silver]
Kimono fabric cushion

Thank you

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Modern Sparkle by geraldine kane

Solid 18ct yellow gold Fionn Mini Gem that sparkles as you move

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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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