Kiersten Holden-Ada didn’t plan on getting back into jewellery. The creator behind Fervour’s Own Jewellery—a collection of strong-lined, organically shaped, substantial pieces—studied the craft at NSCAD. “Towards the end of my degree, I started to burn out and needed to step back from that, so put my jewellery tools away for years and years. After seven years, I was having my first child and didn’t have any solid work and was contemplating next steps and thought hey, maybe I should dig out those tools again as a way to have some creative work alongside having small kids.”
Early on a weekend morning, Holden-Ada is speaking by phone, sipping coffee after having already been in the studio for hours: “My process usually comes through working with materials themselves, letting ideas emerge, playing, working, experimenting, sometimes sketching.”
With their work resting in the space between opposites—smooth yet textured, weighty but airy—their pieces stand as a reminder that wedding jewellery can exist outside the binary, for all genders to adorn themselves.
It makes sense, then, that those looking for an alternative to the femme-feeling, classic diamond engagement band turns to Fervour’s Own for custom rings, for a wearable, unique option infused with personal style.
“People come to me often with other jewellery that they’ve inherited or been gifted, that has a story but it doesn’t suit them, asking if I can repurpose the materials, melt down the gold, and create a ring that would better suit them and carry forth that story. I had one project where I was melting down the client’s grandmother’s gold teeth to make their wedding rings.
“My combining of things that would often be considered opposites—say, rough texture with smooth texture—that also came out of my personal exploration with gender and blurring binaries,” says Holden-Ada. “Part of this work comes from me making things I would relate to, but part of it is coming from what I’m hearing and sensing and feeling from my community: We don’t need more gendered work in the world.”