Despite our five distinctive collections, one of the greatest thrills for we brothers is making bespoke pieces. This story starts some time ago when Max and I sourced a load of unusual stones, based on aesthetic choice alone, eschewing the perceived trends in gemstones and commercial demands. This gem parcel has produced some of our most eye catching pieces to date such as this rose-cut sapphire bangle from our Digital Nature collection
The next step in this tale was the arrival of Anna Kerr to spearhead our media and marketing work. There are many companies that offer this service remotely but having somebody in house with a passion for jewellery and design, who has worked in fine jewellery houses on both sides of the Atlantic, makes the whole social media and events scene here so much more personable and fun. Anna spotted a beautiful pair of loose Amethysts in the aforementioned parcel and asked to design a bespoke pair of earrings. On accepting her proposal, she later presented these drawings.
I asked Anna what inspired her to produce this most elegant of forms.
It started with the stones. I adored the shape and hue of these unusually cut amethysts and wanted to create a sculptural surround to them, something voluptuous and sexy with a bit of weight. I'm always drawn to shape and form and had been obsessing over fan-like shapes and surprisingly fruit for inspiration (funnily enough they have now become known as sexy fruit!) After some sketching and a few versions we finally settled on this shape, which we felt really took advantage of the digital design process.
And then it was over to the design guru here, Max. Using his vast array of technological skills, he rendered the stones then metal formats onto the computer and showed us.
With a little to-ing and fro-ing (and lot of playing with our desktop 3D resin model printer), we achieved this combined bespoke vision through stone selection, individual inspiration and technological artistry.
And then, like any GUY&MAX piece, we returned to tradition by making the wire attachments, casting the metal bulbs, cleaning up the rose gold, setting the purple stones and polishing, all by hand. The finishing touch was the sunburst achieved by one of Britain's most skilled engravers.
It is always so exciting for both us and our patrons to make one-off GUY&MAX jewellery, using a combination of futuristic concepts and time honoured techniques, all inspired by your individuality.