Gold + Dark Blue Australian Sapphire Engagement Ring

A custom engagement ring commissioned earlier in the year for a couple in New Zealand.

Gray had a brief idea of what he wanted, referencing my Cirus Ring for the molten & beaten characteristics. I did a few initial sketches, and he decided on five dark blue Australian Sapphires tapered from the centre for some symmetry & balance. I carved up a ring in green carving wax with the stones temporarily in place, & emailed Gray lots of pictures to make sure it was exactly what he had imagined, before casting it in 14ct yellow gold.

Bespoke Commissions, Diamonds

Custom Gold + Champagne Diamond Signet Ring

Custom gold signet ring champagne diamonds

Natalie came by my studio last year when she was visiting Sydney, wanting me to remodel some of her rings. She loved another ring I had in the studio at the time which I was working on for another client- a rough carved signet style ring in gold which had smooth face + a single diamond embedded on the front. She also liked shape of this signet ring I made a while back, so we took elements of both & refined it slightly to bring the gold weight down.

I photoshopped a few different gemstone placement options on the ring so she could visualise the final piece, deciding on 8x champagne diamonds randomly scattered over the front.

Custom Gold Signet Ring

Bespoke Commissions, Sapphires, Earrings, Necklaces

Bespoke Sapphire Stud + Necklace Set

  Bespoke 18ct Yellow Gold + Australian Teal Sapphire Stud Earrings & Pendant

The majority of the custom pieces I make are rings, so making an earring + pendant set was a refreshing & fun project to work on. These pieces are a similar design to my Dita Studs, and Dita Necklace, but with a larger central gemstone.

I sourced some beautiful teal Australian sapphires which change between blue-green depending on the light, & cast the hand carved setting in rich 18 carat yellow gold to complement & enhance the colour of the sapphires.

These designs can be custom made in any colour combination of the metal and gemstone rainbow. Think rose gold with rubies... white gold with white diamonds... or yellow gold with emeralds... any & all possibilities.

Bespoke Commissions, Engagement Rings, Sapphires

Teal Sapphire & Gold Bespoke Ring

 Teal Blue Green Australian Sapphire in 9ct Yellow Gold. Alexandra Dodds Custom Alternative Engagement Ring. Sydney NSW.

A recent custom engagement ring with a big beautiful 1.01ct Teal Blue-Green Australian Sapphire, set in buttery 9ct gold. We gave the band a smooth matte finish, with my signature textured setting around the sapphire <3

Bespoke Commissions

Sarah's Engagement Ring

I worked with Sarah remotely as she was based in Melbourne- we had a couple of Skype meetings to discuss her ideas, and I sent her lots of photos & videos of each step to keep her up to date and involved in the process

I created a few different wax carvings all slightly different sizes, some with more & some with less texture. We found the perfect balance in the final one, which was then cast in 14ct Rose Gold, & set with varying shades of blue Australian Sapphires. 

Engagement rings don't have to be the biggest white diamond solitaire. I love creating pieces which are more thoughtful, unique and personal to the wearer. To talk about making your own custom piece, get in touch with me here or book an appointment at my Sydney based studio.

Bespoke Commissions

Australian Sapphire & White Diamond Engagement Ring

A custom engagement ring I recently completed for Paddy. Read below to learn more about the process of creating this particular custom piece, & how he proposed to his girlfriend Claudia while on holiday in Italy.

Paddy got in touch via email about a custom engagement ring for his girlfriend Claudia. He had a good idea of what he wanted: he loved the Golden Teeth Solitaire style & knew he wanted to use a large central sapphire, but was open to me coming up with a few different ideas to create something entirely unique for him.

Instead of hand drawing some concepts up on paper, I mocked up some rough photoshopped images of different sapphires and stone placement. This allowed me to be a bit more playful with ideas and also helped to give Paddy a more realistic example of the finished piece. Paddy was drawn to the symmetrical design of the round central sapphire flanked by two Australian diamonds, as it combined traditional & contemporary elements. I mocked up a few more photoshopped ring concepts, this time with sapphires I had available to me and with quotes attached.

  Rough photoshopped concepts for my client exploring gem placement,&nbsp;shape &amp; colour.

Rough photoshopped concepts for my client exploring gem placement, shape & colour.

Paddy chose a beautiful 0.96ct Blue Australian Sapphire sourced from Queensland & cut in South Australia. The ring was hand carved & cast in 18ct white gold, the sapphire set & flanked with two ethically sourced white Australian Argyle diamonds.

Paddy shared his proposal story and a few words on his experience working with me to create his custom piece.

"We have both been pretty busy with work and haven’t had much time off together for the last year or so. We had a two week holiday to Europe booked and it occurred to me that it would be a good time to pop the question. I’d made my mind up a while ago that I wanted to marry Claudia. But I wanted it to be at least a little bit romantic.

So with the ring stuffed away in my hand luggage we jetted off to Rome. On our first night I took Claud’s on a little walking sojourn. We saw a few sites along the way and ended up on top of one of the 7 hills of Rome over looking the setting sun. I fumbled around for the ring and dropped a knee. She was very surprised and thought I was joking for a little bit. Anyway she said yes and pop went the champagne. Claud’s was wearing another ring on that finger at the time, and because of the recent long haul flight was overloaded with fluid. We almost ripped her finger off to get the ring off and then slid the new one onto the red sausage like finger. 

Having such a beautiful ring made the whole experience that much better. We both love the final product and its special to have been apart of the process from inception to finger. Allie was amazing to work with from start to finish. Professional yet personal. She guided me through the design process and the ring ended up being the dream ring."

A big thank you & congratulations to Paddy + Claudia.

To enquire about a custom piece of your own, please get in touch with here.

Bespoke Commissions

Australian Sapphires Forever

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Australian Sapphires would have to be one of my favourite gemstones to work with, they come in the most beautiful array of colours: blue, green, yellow and beyond. I am particularly drawn to the Australian Parti Sapphire which can have multiple colours present in one stone. In different light and with movement, the colours change between blue, green & yellow making each piece entirely unique. Sapphires are second in hardness to a diamond, so they make a great choice for an engagement ring as they can withstand everyday wear & are less prone to chips and scratches. The Australian sapphires I use in my bespoke pieces are sourced and cut here in Australia, so if an ethically sourced gemstone or supporting small local businesses is of importance to you, then Australian Sapphires are a perfect choice. 

Below is a recent custom engagement ring, featuring a beautiful Australian Sapphire which changes from dark blue to bright blue with flashes of teal green.


Claire was proposed to with a simple gold band with the intention of her being able to choose an engagement ring she loves.

I met with Claire in Auckland so she could try on some rings, she was drawn to my Golden Teeth Solitaire with an Australian Parti Sapphire. Back in my Sydney studio I contacted my supplier and found a few different sapphire options for Claire to choose from. She decided on the most beautiful teal blue Australian Sapphire.

Once the sapphire arrived in the studio, I started hand carving up the ring in wax. I sent photos & videos to Claire of the wax on my hand and with the sapphire in place, to make sure it was exactly what she had envisioned before casting it in the chosen metal.The wax was then cast in rich yellow gold & the sapphire set securely with subtle beads disguised within the molten hand carved texture. 

I can source all shapes, colours and sizes of Australian Sapphires, and can even have them custom cut to your specifications. To see what pieces I currently have available for bespoke commissions, or to book a custom piece consultation in Sydney or Auckland (next Auckland appointments available in June 2018), please get in touch.

Bespoke Commissions

Aquamarine + 18ct White Gold Custom Engagement Ring

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A custom engagement ring featuring a rough hand carved claw setting cast in 18ct White Gold, and a beautiful oval 1.76ct teal blue Aquamarine.

This was made for a client very sadly lost her engagement ring. She wanted to keep elements of the original ring which was a more traditional claw setting, featuring a blue topaz in white gold. I found this beautiful translucent Aquamarine & set it in white gold to keep icy tones of the original ring, and transformed the traditional claw setting into something a bit more contemporary.

Bespoke Commissions

Bespoke 18ct Gold & Diamond Earrings

A recent commission. Sue has owned these diamonds for a while and had been waiting to find the right designer to make her something with them. We went with rich 18 carat yellow gold in my signature molten textured setting, and attached screw back posts to make them extra secure. So happy with how these ones turned out and oh do they sparkle!

I'm happy to incorporate your own vintage or heirloom gems or diamonds into a custom piece, if you would like to inquire about having some unique jewellery made just for you, get in touch here to start the conversation.

Bespoke Commissions

Matt & Ellens Engagement

I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to regularly work on personal commissions for my clients, and to create precious pieces that represent such important moments in their lives. Read below to learn more about the process of a recent commission, a bespoke engagement ring commissioned by Matt for his girlfriend Ellen.

  Bespoke Engagement Ring. 18ct White Palladium gold with Blue Australian Sapphires.

Bespoke Engagement Ring. 18ct White Palladium gold with Blue Australian Sapphires.

The Process

Matt got in touch via email inquiring about having a custom engagement ring made for his girlfriend Ellen. He included a few reference images of other pieces of my jewellery he liked- this past custom bespoke engagement ring, and our signature Atlas wedding ring, as well as a short description to describe her favourite things. He wanted something unique and irregular, with several gems rather than one central stone in a classic solitaire design. He liked the idea of blue sapphires or black diamonds set into a white metal. After a bit of forward and back discussion via email, I drew up a few quick sketches for him to check I was heading in the right direction, and he picked out his favourites.

As Matt was based in Auckland, he was unable to come by my Sydney studio, so each step was thoroughly documented so he could feel involved in every part of the process. 

The next step was to carve up a few wax models based on the drawings, to give Matt an idea of what the finished piece would look like. Each piece was a unique variation with different textures and gemstone placement, photographed from every angle and on a hand so that he could 

After the chosen wax model was finished and refined, I then cast it into the chosen metal- 18ct white palladium gold, a high quality alloy which is a beautiful gunmetal colour. Matt was still a little unsure about which gemstones or diamonds to use in the final piece, so I photographed the cast ring and photoshopped a few different options in place, so he could better visualise the finished piece.

Australian sapphires were the final choice and were embedded into the white gold in my signature rough textured bead setting. The ring was packaged up in a hand made leather pouch and personally delivered to Matt in Auckland. 

  Initial Rough Concept Drawings

Initial Rough Concept Drawings

  Hand carved wax models

Hand carved wax models

Matt was kind enough to share his proposal story.

"I had the ring in my pocket all evening, but no real plan of how I was going to give it to Ellen. Allie had just dropped the ring off to me that day, and I hadn't properly thought of some big flashy romantic way to propose - I just wanted to do it. I remember having my hand in my pocket on the couch, making sure it wasn't going to fall out. Looking back it must have looked pretty suss - the me clutching my pocket for hours while we were watching TV and having dinner.

Eventually we were in bed, watching The Office. The exchange before I proposed went something like this:

Ellen: "Hey..."
Matt: "You want desert."
Ellen "Yeah can I..."
Matt: "Have frozen raspberries."
Ellen: "Yeah but..."
Matt: "The fancy ones, not the supermarket brand ones."
Ellen: "And can..."
Matt: "You have them in a mug, not a bowl."
Ellen: "But..."
Matt: "Only fill the mug 3/4, not fully."
Ellen: "With..."
Matt: "A teaspoon, not a tablespoon."
Ellen: "Thenk yewwww."

I went into the kitchen and figured, if anything, that's the perfect time to ask someone to spend their life with you. It probably comes off as homebody-esque and cliche, but finishing sentences and knowing exactly what someone wants at any point in time while watching one of your favourite shows together... that's pretty much what couples do. It's not a cinematic romance, but it's real and that's what was important to me.

So I came back with my hands behind my back and said pick a hand. She picked one, and it had the fancy frozen raspberries filled 3/4 up with. I said "Pick the other hand", which she did, and I got down on one knee and said "Do you wanna get married?". There weren't candles, there wasn't a song, there wasn't a grand gesture. It was us being us, with a beautiful ring which was perfect.

Looking back I think the ring is like that story. I didn't know what I wanted it to look like, but I knew I'd know it when I saw it. And Allie was such an integral part of that. I wanted it to look vintage, but be brand new. I wanted personality in it, not clean cut. And it's honestly perfect. It's ours, and no one else has it".

<3

If you’d like to talk about a having a bespoke piece of jewellery made, get in touch here.

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