“I am incredibly excited to be returning to Arts & Science and Japan after an enforced absence. During the last three years while travelling has been difficult, I have had to be more resourceful in acquiring jewels. Some things that used to be readily available are increasingly difficult to find now. This has made me focus on what I really want to use in my jewellery. Luckily, I have been working with many of my gem dealers for twenty or more years and continue to find beautiful stones.
In this diverse collection you will see coloured diamonds including a light brown marquise cut diamond in a 22 carat gold ring, a beautiful brown diamond pear shape and a group of spectacular natural-coloured diamonds in an eternity ring. I have also made a group of geometrical baguette and carre cut diamonds as pendants and a ring. Coloured stones include spinels, pink tourmalines, yellow sapphires, tsavorite garnets and rubies
I have been working with the lost wax process to create rings cast in 22 carat gold and platinum in simple organic shapes inspired by signet rings. In this collection you will see examples set with a ruby, a pink tourmaline cabochon and diamonds. I like this method which does not involve any solder joins and is effectively a continuous piece of gold with no beginning or end.
My love of antique diamonds continues unabated. I have been working with dealers all over the world to acquire the most interesting pieces. Here you will find examples of rose cut diamonds and old cut diamonds. I especially like the antique rose cut diamonds set in 22 carat gold earrings that have the asymmetrical look of stones cut by hand and eye only. Double rose cut diamonds are domed on both sides and there is a pendant set with one of these.
It will be a great pleasure for me to see old friends and clients at Arts and Science again.”
— William Welstead