A first time mom – birth gift
My partner Jaap wanted me to choose a beautiful push present when I was pregnant with our first child. Push present, such a strange word. But the idea is nice and sweet. A piece of jewellery as a memory from this time with your newborn. Because I am a goldsmith myself, he didn’t dare to choose something himself. Very wise 😉. Making it myself was not what I wanted to do either, just like my wedding rings it seemed to me that I would always be looking at it critically.
I knew other goldsmiths, each of them with another design style, but still I could not make up my mind. Pearl earrings or a ring? Or should I first finalize my driving exams?
After the baby was born we were so busy we both forgot about it. Time flies. Now we are 10 years on and he has got two brothers.
Five years ago, when our youngest was born, I stopped working as a goldsmith. Only after he started at elementary school I started applying for work. I got a job at Oogst. I was already a fan of their work, so I am super happy with this job.
While at work it popped into my mind again: “Hey, I still can choose a nice piece of jewellery”. This lovely Oogst ring, with leaves which form the shape of a heart, had already caught my eye. The ring is refined and classical but also playful and organic at the same time. Perfect for us as we really love and enjoy nature as a family. In the middle a stunning diamond beams at me. I will never get bored from this ring!
Raising kids is quite expensive, with all their hobbies and clubs, so it was not really realistic to have something made. Thank god we could use some heirloom gold, so it became a real option. I was indecisive for a bit about having another gemstone, but this diamond was actually a really good fit with the design. And when you decide on having such a piece made then you really want to do it justice.
I handed over some old jewellery to use in the creation of my ring. All together enough to have this ring made. The leftover gold was returned to me. The wax model was made first here ate the Oogst studio, just like a little sculpture. It was cast into gold with the lost wax method. After the casting the ring still looks weird, a bit of a bleached colour, but after the finishing all the details it turned out really great.
After a few weeks my ring was ready. The kids names are engraved on the inside, just in time for my ten year anniversary of being a mom. It is even more pretty then I ever dared to dream off. This ring will always be on my finger.
Keep on dreaming…
I know already what I want to have made from the rest of my heirloom gold. Matching earrings with dangling pearls. Ellen already made a sketch of them. Now I just need an excuse.
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