When jewelry designer Becky Kelso first set eyes on those spoon rings—old pieces of flatware hand-wrought into rings—that have become popular in recent years, the Sebastopol, Calif.–based artist thought what many creative folks do: I can make my own.
And when she debuted her 18k gold version, dubbed the Saddle ring by retail clients, she still wanted to incorporate a found element, so she replicated a pretty old pattern that comprises a floral and leaf design. Then, to add more of her own signature, she used German-made Gallery wire—prevalent on the baskets of many of her designs—to create a bezel setting for a diamond. While she also makes a stone-free option for $1,950, Kelso maintains that this one (for $2,265) is more popular at retail.
“It’s one of my heavier rings, and looks nice with or without the stone,” she says. “Both versions look like heirloom pieces.”
Saddle ring in 18k yellow gold with .033 ct. diamond; $2,265