Inspiration for the concentric ring started 10 years prior to that magic moment on the London underground. Amanda had received a commission for an engagement ring from a client of Indian heritage. “The client was a committed activist concerned about ethics and sustainability” she says, “so the brief was quite open, but it couldn’t have any gems or diamonds to limit potential links to conflict and should incorporate the Indian gold jewellery she had inherited from her family.” Amanda therefore focused on her client’s Indian heritage and researched the history of Indian jewellery with its intricate filigree shapes and designs. She selected different shapes for the ring, simplifying, enlarging and slowly evolving the shapes into a complete design.
…Nothing is impossible – you can always find a way. Good design is about problem solving and finding solutions, and there is always a solution!
In 2015, Amanda revisited the design of the engagement ring and was gripped by the allure, beauty and simplicity of circular forms, expressed through the Japanese zen philosophy of Ensō, originally meaning a circle created by two uninhibited brushstrokes, symbolising creative freedom, enlightenment, strength, the end and the beginning. Adding depth to this Ensō form would lead Amanda on to creating the trademark design that she is now renowned for. “I take the modest circular shape and use it as a blank canvas on which to apply detail through texture and layers. The symbolism and the meaning of the jewellery unfettered by fancy shapes and distraction.”
Reaching this point was by no means easy. In fact, when she asked fellow jewellers for advice even those that had been in the trade for 30 years were telling her it was impossible to layer multiple concentric circles in the way she wanted. “But nothing is impossible! You can always find a way. Good design is about problem solving and finding solutions, and there is always a solution!” She found success with Computer Aided Design backed up by experience with casting, general hand-making skills and of course, some trial and error.
Not long after Amanda saw the underground poster, she received an email from Jessica, an NHS crisis management professional. Jessica had seen the Concentric Ring on the Goldsmith’s Fair poster, the day she had been told that her husband Nick had been tragically diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer: she was “moved to tears by the image and the fear of losing him.” Jessica asked Amanda if she could, in the future, combine her wedding ring, Nick’s wedding ring and her mother’s, so that she could keep their memories close to her.”