Friday, June 28, 2013

She said 'Yes'

I love engagement stories.  I love asking people about their 'proposal' stories.  It's just such a lovely, amazing, personal thing.  Some are simple declarations, some are planned and primed, some are casually spoken but with words that will last a lifetime.

Well, you can imagine how excited I was when I was asked to create a ring to mark such an important occasion.  The ring combined everything that was important to this couple and made it visible in metal and stone.

The route to 'High Neb', engagement ring detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2013
The story goes something like this....

Imagine a steep incline, rising up above the land below, to a high point.  In amongst the wilder air, surrounded by huge chunks of land and rock and wide expanses of sky he asked her to marry him.  And she said 'yes'.

The route to 'High Neb', detail, engagement ring, 18ct white gold, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2013
Written into this gold surface is their story.  The line is the path that the couple took.  The diamond marks the point where the question was asked.  The inside is marked with the latitude and longitude of the place and the date.  It is beautiful and unique.  It is minimal and rooted in the landscape that was the backdrop to the unfolding question and answer.  The diamond is understated but brilliant and sparkling; winking from within the surface.

detail to inner surface of ring, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2013
I think Paul Newcombe's photograph on flickr captures the magic of this place (click here for his page).  A good place to ask a life altering question, wouldn't you agree?

High Neb
High Neb, '© Paul Newcombe 2013 and used with his permission

I'll be singing along to this Mumford and Son song from their 'The Wedding Band' album.  A good foot stomping tune that should see us all into the weekend.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Of Land and Sea and All That Rests In-between, Part 2

I have been making more resin pools and filling them with things from the sea and things from the land (you can see where it all started here).

Of Land and Sea and All That Rests In-between, with lichen and blue

Of Land and Sea and All That Rests In-between, with lichen and pebbles
The pebbles in the image above were sent to me by a fellow pebble collector who I 'met' on Pinterest.  She posted me these tiny treasures from Californian, USA.  I think they rest well with the French lichen inside the tiny silver pool that I made here in Yorkshire, England.  It is truly an international composition!  I wonder where it will go next?

On the third and last pendant, I took a tiny bloom from a Cow Slip plant (or Queen Anne's Lace) and floated it into the resin to be preserved in all its delicate beauty.

You can find more photos in the listings I've put up in the Etsy Shop here.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Lychee and sun bursts from golden rimmed clouds...

sweet peas, sycamore seeds, summer feet....

and a couple of spoonfuls of basil and mint.

That was the shape and colour of my weekend, how was yours?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Right Here, Right Now

Toast, honey, coffee and listening to the rain before starting work - a full day of paperwork for me so no workbench updates today!

Friday, June 14, 2013


The land that rises from my back door that was once etched with a edge of blustered wind and piled high with drifted snow has given way to a profusion of gentle swaying green.

In places, this field of new fresh fronds reaches my shoulders.  I wonder about slenderness ratios and how something so slight and seemingly feeble can stand so tall!

And in amongst the emerald green there are touches and blushes of a delicate dusted pink.  It is so slight and of such a delicate hue that you would miss it in hurry and bustle.

I've used this horizon in many of my pieces over the years.

winter song brooch/necklace 2

grass and crocus

spring field front

Elsewhere, in amongst the waving fronds, a few beauties stand even taller.  They are the Queens of all they survey with their delicate lace crowns.

The honeysuckle is out and the alliums are popping.  Everywhere is like a slow motion, silent, daytime firework display.  I'm waiting for the grande finale!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Toot Toot! Taking part in the East Coast Run.

It was with some trepidation that we arrived on Sunday 9th June in Hull to take part in the 45th annual vintage car run to Bridlington.  Upmost in our minds was whether our 1954 Ford Popular would actually get there and back.

This vintage vehicle meet was originally just for commercial vehicles and limited to buses but since 1979 cars have been allowed to take part in the fun.  The only stipulation is that your vehicle is 15 years or older.  Penelope the Popular was therefore VERY eligible to take part.

I was rather fascinated with the metal work.  A different scale from the pieces that I work with on my bench but equally beautiful.

Penelope the Popular, resting before the big race to the coast
I am glad to report that Penelope made it there, and all the way back without any problem what so ever!  She was the only Ford Popular on the run with her own original engine so we are justifiably very proud of her.  Well done Penelope! Toot toot!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Full Moon necklace and earrings

I made some more...

and more...

Bits of moonlight to carry with you into the day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Full Moon Ring

I've often talked about how working with silver is like manipulating moonlight.  If there was ever a design that expresses this most fully, it is this one.

Full Moon Ring, June 2013, Cari-Jane Hakes
I've made this one to fit with my 'Stacking Rings' series - a series that draws upon childhood memories of looking through my Grandmother's jewellery box and stacking all of her rings on my  tiny fingers.

Sometimes that old adage of Mies van der Rohe (the modern minimalist architect of the 1950's) 'less is more' just doesn't hold.  No, Mies, sometimes you just need more, more of everything!

Silver Stackers, Full Moon, Tiny Curious Crater and Silver + Gold Curious Crater stacking rings by Cari-Jane Hakes
Silver Chalcedony, Full Moon, Tiny Curious Crater, Silver+Gold Curious Crater and Large Curious Crater  stacking rings by Cari-Jane Hakes
Continuing with my rebuttal of Mies, I will leave you with this rather lovely poster from my 'Quotable Quotes' board on Pinterest.

I can't source the author of this rather magnificent motto - so if it is yours, drop me a line and I will be happy to credit you and link to your site.

In the there anything you should be doing more of?
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