British jewellery designer Paul Spurgeon has presented the results of a special commission to create an Episcopal ring for the first female bishop, Rachel Treweek.
Treweek, the Bishop of Gloucester, approached Spurgeon back in April to create a special ring to celebrate her appointment.
The finished Episcopal ring is highly polished sterling silver with two satin finished 18ct yellow gold contemporary crosses sitting alongside a 12.83ct oval cut amethyst.
Spurgeon also created a matching pectoral cross for Treweek, crafted in sterling silver and set with 21 amethysts.
Treweek initially met Sturgeon through his Cornerstone Project, which aims to empower disadvantaged and marginalised people from Africa, starting in the township of Soweto, South Africa. The Cornerstone workshop in South Africa hopes to employ local people to create and sell jewellery.
He said. “I am honoured to have been asked to design and create a ring for Rachel. She discovered the work I was doing in South Africa, which in its small way helps local people into work and trains them in a profession.”