Something old, Something new

Wed 30 Jan 2013

Something old, Something new

The love and strength of marriage felt imbued in the engagement ring given to Margot Pickering by her late husband. So when she lost a diamond she was distraught and vowed never to wear the ring again.

But the arrival of her first granddaughter and a redesign service gave her engagement ring a new look and jewellery which may be worn to a wedding in the future.

The ring had been bought in Norwich in 1959 and Mrs Pickering of Ashill rarely removed it – even having the band replaced three times due to the gold wearing away.But she lost a diamond cutting holly for Christmas decorations.“I was extremely upset and took the ring off, keeping it in a drawer from then on,” she says.


Then granddaughter Matilda was born in June 2012.

“After six grandsons I have my first granddaughter, and I wanted something special and unique to give her. I decided it was the perfect time to give my engagement ring a new lease of life. The ring held a lot of sentimental value so I wanted it to be passed down in the family.”

Mrs Pickering discovered the bespoke resdesign service at Francis Wain in Dereham.

Beth Jex of Francis Wain says: “When I saw the beautiful stones set in Mrs Pickering's ring and heard the news of the arrival of her first granddaughter I was keen to create a piece of jewellery that retained the sentiment and memories of the original ring''

“When designing the pendant we ensured the original gold from the shank was melted down and used, the platinum settings for the stones restored and a piece of the design from the ring incorporated in the finished piece. We hope that we have created a piece of jewellery that Mrs Pickering’s granddaughter will cherish for years to come – just as her grandmother did,”says Beth.


Margot plans to present the pendant to Matilda at her christening in February 2013.

“I have quickly tried it on her to see what it looks like and it’s a beautiful piece which looks lovely,” she says.Who knows, perhaps Matilda will wear it to her own wedding in years to come''


Article from BRIDE magazine. Written by Jo Malone

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