"It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make [their] mother more beautiful?" -- Mahatma Gandhi
Heirlooms are more than just old jewellery handed down to us. They are relics of love and vestiges of our family stories passed down for generations. In looking at family stories and heirlooms, we are particularly fond of telling Lyn and her mum's.
Lyn takes a very different approach to the jewellery handed to her. Knowing that her style differs significantly yet wanting to wear mum's heirlooms more often to keep her close, Lyn approached us with two pieces of jewellery to redesign to suit her style and personality, yet retain the beauty of the original aesthetics.
The Fireworks Ring
Lyn's mother was often described as "the life of every party". So when she brought along her mum's classic jade pendant for us to redesign, we knew we had to add a 'fireworks' element as a metaphor to her mum's exuberant nature.
Although the pendant meant something to Lyn, she wasn't particularly fond of jade, so she challenged us to redesign it such that the jade doesn't immediately scream out as the main gem of the new jewellery. Always loving a challenge, we selected gems in her favourite purple colour, amethyst, and wrapped them around the jade to form a fireworks motif.
Through the process, we've transformed a jade pendant into a ring, combining the old with the new by adding on an attribute of Lyn to a part of her mum.
The Black Humour Ring
Lyn had also come to us with a vintage, Peranakan diamond ring from her mother. Lyn would have worn the ring more frequently had there not been a diamond that fell off the ring.
Instead of filling that spot with a new white diamond, we placed a black diamond -- referencing her cheeky, black sense of humour.
Lyn also wanted a statement In the same vein of adding on a new narrative to an old story, we created an outer ring that could be stacked with the existing ring. The new ring features a pavé of diamonds. All but one of them are in black, with the odd one in white, again a nod to Lyn's humour.
Lyn and her mum's jewellery are just two of the stories we seek to tell through our jewellery. If you've a precious heirloom with an equally treasured tale behind that you want to keep by your side, Carrie K.'s Heirloom Revival service could help you add your own narrative to the heritage pieces and pass them down to the generations to come; discover the process of our Heirloom Revival and read more stories here.
1. Measure your fingers at the end of day as your finger size will be different at different times of the day.
Fingers tend swell up during the course of the day as your blood pressure rises.
2. Measure your finger size 3 to 4 times to get a more accurate measure.
3. Your fingers might also swell if you are pregnant or if you are on medication. Take this into account when measuring your fingers.
Here are some tips on how you can measure your finger:
First, cut a cardboard strip measuring 0.5cm wide and 15cm long.
Then, wrap the cardboard around the finger to be sized.
Once it’s done, slide the cardboard up to the knuckle, as the ring must be sized large enough to able to slip off and on, over the knuckle.
Next, use a pen to mark on the cardboard where the long end overlaps.
Measure the mark from the end of the length of paper or string with a ruler.
Locate your ring size by locating your measurement against our size chart.
Should the measurement falls in between two sizes, we recommend that you choose the larger size.
|Inner Circumference||Carrie K. Size/ US, Canada, Mexico||UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand||Italy, Spain, Netherlands||France||Germany|
|46.8 mm||4||H||6.75||46 1/2||15|
|48 mm||4.5||I||8||47 3/4||15 1/4|
|49.3 mm||5||J 1/2||9.25||49||15 3/4|
|50.6 mm||5.5||K 1/2||10.5||50 1/4||16|
|51.9 mm||6||L 1/2||11.75||52 3/4||16 1/2|
|53.1 mm||6.5||M 1/2||13.25||54||17|
|54.4 mm||7||N 1/2||14.5||55 1/4||17 1/4|