Something For The Boys

It's been a bit chilly of late.  All of January and February.  And I haven't felt much inclined to venture out into the nippy wilderness to look for inspiration for new jewellery designs.  Instead I've kept my inspirational search much closer to home.  To objects within the home.  Great.  Snuggly warm.

All my jewellery designs so far have been for the ladies in my life.  And any men who like to wear chandelier drop earrings.  There's no judgement.

So for the past few days, I have been searching around the house for inspiration for jewellery designs for the men in my life.   

I have rattled through cupboards, and peeked in drawers full of clutter.  Looking for inspiration.  

I found a bobble, an old ribbon I thought I'd lost, plenty of plastic bags, and a few dust balls.  But nowt else.  Well, nothing manly.

So I took myself upstairs and sat on my bed.  It's where I go to have a think.  And sometimes the odd daydream over a hot cup of tea.  And my eyes fell on this...

...The scene on my bedside table.  (That tiny picture in the tiny frame is of me playing on a deckchair when I was about three or four.)  Back when I was rearranging corners of my home, a couple of months ago, I nonchalantly draped my favourite photo frame with pearl necklaces to vintage things up a bit.  And added an old silk rose or two.  I found the lace hanky hidden in the pocket of a vintage bag I bought. 

I know it's not a scene generally associated with testosterone.  Stay with me.  I'm going somewhere with this.

The frame caught my eye because of this...


...The gorgeous shapes and textures in the pewter.  Hmmmm.

How fab would that kind of texture look on a ring?  I thought to myself.  And set to with tools and silver.

And here is the finished result.  It's chunky.  And I like it.


I think this would make a great ring for a man.  It's chunky and "manly" and there's something very fluid about it.  What do you think?

P.S.  I've nearly finished sewing my Cath Kidston bag, and have started knitting a woollen patchwork quilt!  Pictures to follow!  I hope you have a great weekend.  Sending smiles.


  1. I think you need to photograph it next to something so the reflections in it aren't pink, if you want to make it look more manly :)

  2. Fair point. Although, on reflection, (Do you see what I did there?) my S.O. likes to wear a pink shirt to work on Fridays. He likes pink. And he's manly.

  3. Ah, but few men are so comfortable with their manliness that they can wear pink. Personally I prefer light red...

  4. Oh my are so so talented! I love that ring. Thanks for visiting me..your blog is lovely and your talents are inspiring. xo

  5. Hi Emma,

    I think it is a gorgeous ring for a man or a woman. Glad to read your creativity is back on track.

    I hope your brother-in-law is ok.

    Look forward to seeing that Cath Kidston bag.

    Sending smiles back at you! Best wishes, Carla.

  6. Wow, look at you!!! So very talented!! You know, my husband likes rings like that...ones with texture and style to them, rather than just the plain gold bands that men typically wear.

    I had his wedding ring designed for him and it had a similar style to the one you made but he took it off one day to wash his hands before going into the NICU when our 1st set of twins were born and he forgot to put it back on. Can you believe someone stole it??? We were heartbroken. Haven't replaced the ring to this day but maybe I will someday...maybe for our 10th anniversary!

  7. Hi Emma

    Just wanted to let you know that you've won my little giveaway. So if you could pop by my blog and send me an e-mail with your address, I'll be able to post off your goodies. xxx Pixie xxx

  8. Kim, light red is a fantastic alternative to pink. Brilliant. :)

    Koralee, thanks for visiting, and for your very supportive comments, they are very much appreciated.

    Carla, thanks for your kind wishes. He is on the mend, back at home and is getting better day by day. Phew. :)

    Helene, I'm so sorry to hear about your hubbie's wedding band. I had the very same thing happen in a toilet at the school where I taught (Can you belive it?) with a ring my nana bought for me. I bet he'd be totally made up if you replaced it for yout 10th anniversary. So romantic. I'm very glad you like the ring I made. I like it better than plain bands too. Hugs.

    Pixiedust, I WON! I WON! Yaaay! Thank you.


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