3 Beautiful Bespoke Gifts with Meaning

We know our customers very well – we often work with them at some of the most important and emotional times of their lives – so it’s always a real pleasure to be approached to solve the problem of creating a very special gift for them.

Here are just three of the commissions we’ve completed recently. Combining our customers’ ideas and the fine craftsmanship of our team of artists, we have come up with designs that are beautiful, unique and meaningful.

Q: What Can I Make with My Mother’s Diamonds? One customer recently came to us asking for ideas for how to incorporate the diamonds from his mother’s rings into a gift for his wife.

A: Our team of artists got straight to work on designing this stunning and unique pendant in 18ct white gold. Combining their baby’s tiny miniaturised feet with the exquisite diamonds, we created a lovely piece full of meaning. It encapsulates new life, family love and a legacy passed down from generation to generation.

Silver Mini Baby Feet Pendant With Diamonds

We just love it, and so does one very happy customer: “She loved it so much. Thank you for making it all possible and can’t wait to do another one soon ;-)”

Q: What Can I Make with My Children’s Drawings? Grandma’s 70th birthday was coming up and Felix and Balthasar wanted to draw her some lovely pictures. Dad wanted to find a way to preserve them forever as a gift… How could we help?

Children's Drawings of Fishing A: We suggested getting these utterly delightful and unique artworks hand engraved onto the finest quality handmade silver photo frames:

Hand Engraved Silver Frames
Silver Hand Engraved Frames

All that remained was for Grandma to choose a photo of each of the boys to pop in the frames. “The drawings are so precious, but the frames are so unusual and unique and I’ll be able to enjoy them forever!”

Q: What Can I Make with My Wife’s Wedding Roses? A customer secretly kept and dried a rose head from his wife’s wedding bouquet and was looking for a way use them in a beautiful gift for Christmas.

A: Using dried flowers or petals in jewellery is a well-known way of preserving precious memories, so using that idea we came up with a truly luxurious pendant.

We suspended the gently crushed petals in a resin orb which we set in white gold and finished with a diamond-encrusted bail. The engraving of His and Hers initials either side of a heart added that final personal touch.

Dried Wedding Rose Flower Pendant “The pendant was beautiful and showed great craftsmanship. My wife certainly loved it and has worn it many times already”

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Dad & Baby Holding Hands

Do you remember the first time you ever held your father’s hand?

Well he will certainly remember the first time he held yours. When you were too tiny to remember that you could hold his finger in your tiny hand.

Such a beautiful moment between father and child that marks the beginning of a new life. It is always a joy to capture this precious time that goes by in the blink of an eye.

With Father’s Day approaching, we thought we’d share just a few of the unique moments of fatherhood that we have captured over the years.

Family hands in glass and bronze, dad and baby hands by Wrightson and Platt

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Celebrating Our Brothers and Sisters

In the USA, most states celebrate Siblings Day on 10th April.  While we don’t mark this day in the UK, we think it’s a great idea that should be celebrated all over the world.  After all, we’ve known our siblings all our lives, and they know us better than anyone, so why not stop and appreciate these very special people in our lives.

We wanted to show you some of the beautiful sibling pieces that our families have asked us to make for them.  These sculptures and pieces of jewellery capture the special bonds that exist between brothers and sisters from such a young age. 

Our Five Favourite Sibling Pieces

Siblings Hands Together Sculpture Life Cast By Wrigthtson and Platt in Bronze, and Jewellery in Gold

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Meet the Team: New York Casting Artist

We have a team of casting artists all over the world who are specially trained to capture your beautiful family moments. Our casting artists have the pleasure of meeting families at the most precious of times, as they welcome you to the world of Wrightson and Platt. This month we introduce you to Karin, our New York Casting Artist.

Karin casts baby hands and feet in New York this is our New York Casting Artist Karin, with her children

Name: Karin Kimtis

Joined W&P: 2011

Location: New York City

How Karin became part of the team: We first met Karin when we took casts of her two children back in 2005 and 2007 when they were babies.  When she received her sculptures and saw the quality of W&P’s work, Karin expressed an interest in becoming one of our casting artists. She has now been casting for us in the New York area since 2011 and has cast over 160 babies and children for us, with many customers returning as new members of the family arrive.

What does Karin do as a casting artist? Karin will come to your home in New York, and meet you and your family. She will bring a sample of the pieces we make so that you can take a look at the quality of the pieces we make, and choose the piece you would like from a wide selection of sculptures and jewellery in a range of materials including bronze, silver, gold and glass.

Karin will bring her casting kit to take casts of you and your family’s hands and feet using a harmless organic casting material called alginate. It is like a firm jelly so it is nice and gentle to use. The casting is very quick and once the casts are taken of your family, Karin will then ship them to W&P HQ in London. Once they arrive in London we will make your pieces in our studio and keep you posted about their progress before we package them up beautifully and ship the final pieces back to you to admire and enjoy with your family and friends.

If you are based in New York, you can book a casting appointment with Karin on 877-788-1615. You will be in very safe hands.

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The Portland Hospital Welcomes Visitors to Pregnancy Open Day

Open Day Sunday 22nd of November 2015

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The Portland Hospital is opening its doors to welcome visitors to its Pregnancy Open Day on Sunday 22nd November 2015. The day provides an exclusive opportunity for parents-to-be and medical professionals to visit the UK’s largest private maternity unit.

Guests attending the day will be offered guided tours of the hospital’s world class facilities including state-of-the-art delivery suites, maternity wards and nurseries. Visitors can also take a look at the imaging services to see examples of some amazing 3D/4D ultrasound technology including moving and still images of babies whilst in the womb.

Obstetric Consultants, midwives and breastfeeding specialists are on hand throughout the day to meet visitors and offer one-to-one advice. There is also the opportunity to find out more about the antenatal and postnatal classes and exercise available. Mums-to-be also have the opportunity to take a free ‘Bump Photo’ courtesy of Image Thirst photographers and expectant mothers can walk-away with a special goodie bag with exclusive products from leading suppliers and also includes useful maternity information.

At The Portland’s final Pregnancy Open Day of 2015 will be Paediatric Consultant Dr Olga Kapellou who will be available to answer any questions, from newborns, immunisations, baby checks to the red book.

Natalie Harrington, First-Time Mum-to-Be attended the July Pregnancy Open Day with her partner, ‘We are so pleased we attended the open day. We spoke with a midwife who was informative; she listened to our concerns about pregnancy and birth and alleviated them. Thank you. We look forward to having our baby with you’

The Pregnancy Open Day is complimentary to all expectant mothers and their partners and provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to find out valuable information about pregnancy and birthing options, meet the staff, midwives and Consultants and tour the hospital’s facilities.

For further information please call the Maternity Enquiry Line on 020 7390 6068 or register free online.

If you are unable to attend the open day on Sunday 22nd of November, The Portland Hospital will be announcing the dates of their next series of open days for 2016 shortly.

Please note there are no costs incurred to attend this event and parents-to-be are warmly invited, including those who are not booked to deliver at The Portland Hospital. Visitors need to register in advance for the event.

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Design Your Own Charm Pendant!

We just love what one of our clever customers has come up with – a great way of putting together precious mini feet with fingerprint-engraved charms to complete a truly unique piece of jewellery.

If you already have some of our miniaturised hand or feet jewellery, why not add some fingerprint engraved charms of your own.  It’s very quick and easy!  Watch a little video here, showing you how to take the all-important prints. Then just send them over, choose your pendant shape and size in silver or gold, and we’ll do the rest.

Customise your perfect charm pendant

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A Splash of Colour

Summer is the season of colour and it has arrived in full swing; bright blue skies, refreshing green grass and the sunflowers are in bloom.

In the W&P studio we work with a rainbow of colours all year round and with the launch of our new glass mini panels earlier this year our studio has been more colourful than ever.

Stepping into the workshop there is an array of pieces that are being made in a kaleidoscope of colours:

 Glass Life Cast Sculptures Hands

So whether you want to celebrate your beautiful bump, the tininess of your new-born baby, or the togetherness of your whole family in a luminous coloured sculpture, we offer a unique selection of bright, contemporary designs that are unique to you, and which perfectly capture a special time or tell your very own story.

Glass sculptures Pregnant Belly Torso and Baby Feet Panel By Wrightson and Platt

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Casting with Tamara Beckwith & Baby Vero

By Casting Agent Lou Edward.

One of our favourite things at Wrightson & Platt is picking up the phone and hearing the voice of one of our customers telling us the happy news that they have welcomed another baby into the world – a sibling for the baby we cast for them a year or even a few years ago.

So we were delighted when Tamara Beckwith Veroni called us before Christmas and asked us to visit her again to cast her new baby boy.  And what a lovely casting it was – although he’s only a few months old, Vero kept a close eye on us, sitting still and calmly watching as we cast his feet. And needless to say, the casts came out perfectly, and will look beautiful sitting next to those of his older sister.

Tamara Beckwith Casting of baby Vero with Wrightson and Platt, baby feet casting.

It’s truly wonderful to be asked back to cast a new addition to the family – wonderful because it’s lovely to meet the new baby,  because it’s good to catch up and see our customers again, because we love to see how the older babies have grown (if they’re not at nursery or school!), and because there’s no greater compliment for our expert team.

Customers who come back again and again, and who recommend us to friends and family because they know we excel at what we do, have helped Wrightson & Platt become the company it is today, offering a range of beautiful pieces to celebrate those most precious things, our children and our families.  So thank you Tamara and Vero – there’s no higher recommendation for us than being asked back.

Tamara Beckwith Casting of baby Vero with Wrightson and Platt, baby feet casting. Mother and Baby.
Tamara with baby Vero
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Mothers are amazing, they truly are

A new addition to the family is always an exciting and emotional time.

Recently my nephew Henry was born – a gorgeous little boy. I spent three days looking after my niece and nephew aged eight and four, while they waited very eagerly for their mother and little baby brother to come home from the hospital. We had a wonderful few days, spending our time playing with toys, running around playing magic scarf (a game newly invented by the children) and reading books – the usual auntie and uncle pleasures. However we also had other tasks; looking after the house, feeding, washing, trips to school. I have new-found respect for all the parents out there. It really is a 24 hour job!

                         Baby Henry

When my sister came home with Henry, weighing a tiny 5lb, she was exhausted. But as soon as she saw her children she glowed. The first time her new family was all together. She swept her children into her arms – they were ecstatic to see her and their new brother. Within moments she was listening to the children’s stories, all while holding her new born baby and explaining to them that little Henry might keep them awake at night.

As a little sister I have always looked up to my big sister. But in those three days, I got a glimpse of her daily life and can truly say I now look at my sister in a new light – what an amazing mother!

Well I just can’t wait until we are casting Henry’s tiny little hands and feet… a perk of the job!

For every mother you know; sister, daughter, friend and of course your own mother, let them know how wonderful they are this Mother’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

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