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A Custom-Made Piece For A Very Special Memory

December 7, 2011

Recently I had the pleasure of attending one of my good friend’s weddings. It was a beautiful occasion and to add to this I had been commissioned by the bride to make a custom piece for her mother. She had been inspired by the 18 carat gold Water Lily pendant but wanted something more poignant and personal to her Mum to remember her Dad who sadly passed away very recently.

We had a chat and identified that she would like a shell – her mother and father always used to go for walks on the beach together collecting shells and she wanted to give a piece that related to those happy moments. Similar to the style of the scattered diamonds on the Water Lily Pendant, we incorporated them into the golden shell along with a black pearl, as her mum always wears the black pearl earrings Tanya bought her on a previous occasion and she wanted something that would match.

As with all Phioro custom-designs we start by researching the concept…

Images, culture, history, symbolism and relation to the client all play a part in the story that I weave around the piece. Unbeknownst to Tanya the shell, throughout antiquity, has represented protective and nurturing principles. So, without knowing it, she had picked a symbol of motherhood to give to her mum!

Below you can see how it turned out, along with the care label that I included in the packaging which explains the concept in a loving, sentimental way:

Inside the Care Label:

The Seashell

“Throughout antiquity the shell form has represented the protective and nurturing principles that you live by and have now passed on to me.

This golden seashell pendant, was designed especially for you. I know how much you treasured those special walks on the beach with Dad, collecting shells and spending quality time out surrounded by the sea, sand and fresh air.”

Pictures of the big day:

Tanya with her Mum and brother – giving Rita her new pendant

Tanya with her mum Rita

Rita wearing her new pendant

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 4:27 pm

    We’ve just done a piece on bespoke handbags:

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