Proper round Valentine’s Day, designer Cece Fein Hughes, of the British jewellery model identified merely as Cece, added a coronary heart motif to her vary of 18k gold and enamel signet rings and pendants. The design, which permits for a customized engraving within the banner beneath, is an ideal reward for sweethearts to change. And within the intervening weeks, it’s truthful to say that my affection for this little magnificence—and Hughes’ whole enamel collection—has deepened significantly.
Because it occurs, I’ve additionally been considering numerous about signet rings basically and the way a conventional class ring looks like a forgotten class that must be resurrected anew. Wouldn’t Hughes’ method to the archetypal silhouette be a uniquely enchanting choice for these graduating this spring?
Hughes first launched her model in 2020 with only a small group of minimalist 9k gold and diamond rings and hoops. As an artwork historian who studied at Exeter College, and labored at Christie’s and Sotheby’s earlier than lastly turning her consideration to the commerce of goldsmithing in 2018, she appears to have discovered the fullest expression of her voice with the enamel collection.
“I actually loved making my first assortment, and I nonetheless put on most of it on a day-to-day foundation, nevertheless, I in a short time craved storytelling, which is why I gravitated towards enamel,” says the designer, who’s presently offered at Liberty London and Catbird.
It was throughout her continued schooling on the British Academy of Jewelry that she fell in love with the traditional artwork of enameling.
“It’s a medium which could be painted onto a floor of gold in any manner you need…the alternatives are limitless,” she says.
All of the enamelwork is completed by a grasp specialist in London, whereas Hughes stays centered on her design and craft on the bench.
Inspiration for the signet ring paintings is rooted in fairy story illustration and conventional tattoo artwork. The designer attributes a part of the imagery to her recollections of constructing “miniature fairy worlds” at her grandmother’s home in a “witchy” space of the U.Ok. referred to as Dartmoor, a moorland within the county of Devon strewn with craggy cliffs, Stone Age tombs, and deserted medieval dwellings.
“I additionally spent my childhood listening to the tales my deep-sea diver father would inform of his adventures beneath the waves,” she provides. “Marrying the enchanted creatures depicted in fables with the playfulness of old-school tattoos was simply so enjoyable! After which the mixture of throwing in a couple of star-set diamonds onto gold magically spun collectively this component of luxurious, that means you possibly can carry round a miniature treasure chest of tales in ring kind.”
And this concept of bijou being a miniature treasure chest of tales is one which resonates along with her followers and collectors. “I imagine the world has shifted from quick prompt trend to valuing one thing a little bit extra timeless, relishing within the making course of and investing in jewellery that has extra that means and might final generations,” she says.
She’s proper that the world is shifting. And bombarding us with devastating information and pictures of late. I’m wondering if Hughes is conscious that her signet rings by definition supply a type of escape. This can be why, beginning Friday by way of March 12, she is going to be part of others within the jewellery neighborhood in supporting Ukraine by donating 30% of all gross sales of her enamel signet rings and pendants to the British Red Cross DEC Ukraine Enchantment as they endeavor to help households affected by the disaster.
And with that stated, might I counsel the dove ring pictured up high? I can not think about a extra becoming talisman for activating peace on earth.
High: Dove signet ring in 18k gold and enamel with diamond, $3,811.60
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