Spotlight: Daniel Darby Jewellery
Jewellery is so important to so many couples planning their wedding day - it isn't about the expense, or the size of the rock (well... not necessarily!), but what we find truly matters to our couples is finding a special piece that they feel really represents them and their love for each other. Today, we're introducing wonderful new wedding talent Daniel Darby Jewellery and his bespoke pieces. Over to Daniel!
I design and hand craft jewellery. I’ve always loved making things by hand and working on tiny details, which is how I began to make jewellery over 10 years ago. I now make contemporary jewellery with an Art Deco vibe, wedding and engagement rings and one of a kind pieces!
Couples always seem to be really intrigued by how jewellery is made. Where do these exotic material come from and how do they become a polished ring?
I want to be as ethically responsible as I can, so all of the precious metals I use are either 100% recycled or made from Fairtrade Gold (this gold can be fully traced back to a Fairtrade certified mine).
Wedding and engagement rings hold huge emotional attachment - it’s so great to be able to know that the jewellery that symbolises something so beautiful has been made with care from materials that we can be proud of. I love to talk through designs with couples and the different processes needed to make them. Sometimes it’s best to carve a design from wax then cast it in precious metal, other designs can be worked directly into the metal.
Having made a wedding or engagement ring, it is so rewarding seeing the couples faces the first time they get to see the finished piece and knowing we got it right! There is a lot of responsibility when making such important pieces of jewellery but thinking that this will be worn everyday and may even be passed on as an heirloom is really special.
Having met a couple in person or after an email conversation, I will start by making some sketches based on their style and any ideas they may have. I also often make a rough 3D model of a design so the couple can really visualise what the final piece will look like. It’s really important to me that the couple trust what I’m doing and that we understand each other at this early stage. Once a final design has been decided upon, I will send pictures and updates throughout the making process. It’s lovely to see a design take shape!
If i was to give one piece of advice to any couple planning their wedding, I would always say the same thing - do what’s right for you! It’s your day so don’t worry about comparing yourself to other weddings.
Chosen in Bristol on 18th February is going to be my first ever wedding fair - so I’m very excited to see what happens and I’m looking forward to chatting to as many couples as possible!
Fancy seeing Daniel's work in person?
Then why not pop along to our London Chosen Wedding Fair this Spring at Islington Assembly Hall taking place on 29th March 2020 between 10.30am-3pm.
Tickets are just £4 if purchase online before 11.30pm on Saturday 28th March.For more information click HERE
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