For those of us who are on a budget, what are some cost-saving tips for designing a ring? Are there any materials or cuts that are more affordable than others?
“We work with all budgets, and a lot of interesting materials. If you’re looking to save some dollars, maybe consider using an alternative stone to a classic white brilliant diamond.”- Katherine
There are so many beautiful coloured gemstones out there that can add more character to the ring - sapphires, rubies, emeralds, salt and pepper diamonds, moissanites. etc are all super beautiful and will last a lifetime. We have an incredible resource and supply of gemstones at our fingertips and are here to help you find the perfect match for your ring.
Are you a one-woman show? What are some of your biggest challenges with Foe and Dear? I was a one woman show for a long time - grew the company from hobby to full-time career (it’s kind of a dream). Now, we are a small team of women who work our little buns off to create wonderful jewelry for wonderful people.
Some of the biggest challenges… Figuring out what direction to grow, how to grow, always trying to fit in time to learn new things (CAD design is on the to-do), and leaving work at work.
At first Aaron and I were a little nervous to work with someone remotely-it requires a lot of communication and trust! Do you run into this with other clients? How do you usually address these concerns? Of course, communication is very important! We’ve made many pieces for wonderful people, such as yourselves, that live outside of Vancouver. The process we’ve created is to keep our clients as involved in the process as possible, and we are always available to address any concerns. Everything is done online, so even if you’re a busy bee and we are in the same city, you don’t necessarily need to come to the studio. We create online moodboards for inspiration, showcasing stone options and videos, and designs. But if there are concerns, we always want to know so we can better our process and keep evolving.
Foe and Dear has such a beautiful aesthetic. What inspires you? Art, architecture, design and mostly nature. Nature provides us with great resources - gold is from the earth, as well as the most beautiful gemstones. However, raw materials only become practical and appealing after a craftsman makes something beautiful out of it. We utilize raw materials and creates dream-like and meaningful pieces for our clients. Our pieces are both aesthetic and functional, and always tie back to the raw beauty of nature.