I met two lovely ladies at my Open Studios event in September this year. They came to visit me for a very specific reason – because I’m the spoon lady who transforms antique silverware into wearable heirlooms – so could I make them a set of Promise Rings from their family silver.
They brought some teaspoons to show me and it was a delight to see. Beautiful teaspoons with a very intricate pattern. They weren’t sure if the spoons were sterling silver or not and on close inspection, neither was I. With no identifiable hallmark, it was hard to tell.
The only marks on the spoons were the words ‘Roumanian Silver’. So I did a bit of searching and discovered the pattern is quite well know from the 1800s, but I couldn’t, without sending them off for testing, know for sure if they were solid silver or not. I was happy to work with them and see if I could make them into rings regardless.
They were happy for me to anneal one spoon and see if the metal was workable or not. It was and so I set to work making a pair of promise rings for them. All the spoons in the set had a letter engraved onto the stems – a decorative letter M. So it was decided to make one ring with the M visible and the other with the reverse side of the spoon, which was plainer, but still decorative.
The metal was really hard to work, but I managed to shape them into rings and they turned out beautifully. Once pickled, cleaned, oxidised and polished the true beauty of the design was revealed. The rings were absolutely stunning. What do you think? This is the ring with the letter M engraving.
There are so many intricate details to this design. The double ridge defines the edge of the spoon stem and surrounds a line of raised dots. Then there is a radial pattern at the terminal end with three simple flowers below that. On the ring with the engraved M there is futher embelishment below the letter in the form of three diamonds and then a beautiful simple flower stem finishes of the design.
The two rings work really well together as a set, with one being plainer than the other. One with the M on the outside and one with the M on the inside.
I love working on commissions like this when a customer has such a personal connection with the silver. These promise rings were very special indeed.
If you have family silver gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, why not consider transforming them into wearable heirlooms?
I can work with teaspoons, sugar tongs, cake forks – any types of silverware – simply get in touch to discuss your requirements and we can go over examples and ideas. You could end up with something as beautiful as this…