MJSA Online Design Challenge 2016: Patricia Daunis-Dunning

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A Long Time Coming

7: Patricia Daunis-Dunning

One thing that struck me upon reading the story of Rebecca and Kate was the fact that they have been together for 40 years. I liked the idea of tying their long history into the piece, and playing with the idea of something that gets even more precious with time. I also wanted to incorporate their lifestyles and interests into the piece. They lived near the ocean, and they enjoyed going hiking in the mountains. It was important to me to capture their obvious love of nature in the piece.

Since the ruby is substantial in size, I didn’t want to make something for the hand—I thought it would be hard to get away from it being formal and in your face. Instead, I felt a necklace would be ideal, encircling Kate just as Rebecca and her son do. To incorporate their love of nature, I used a rock that Rebecca had found on a hike. She liked it because she felt it evoked the ocean and thought I might be able to use it in the piece. Once she showed me ho...