It all started with some lost rings...
Picture this: Jessica has just picked up four stainless steel rings from one of our suppliers in Sheffield and has driven home. However, between picking them up and getting home, the rings have magically disappeared! With weddings just around the corner and no way to replace the missing rings, Jessica went into panic mode, but who was her knight in shining armour? Ollie, of course!
Ollie stepped up to the bar and decided he would have a go at making them for her. Over the course of the next week, he had purchased his own lathe, stayed up through the night and began mastering the art of turning rings. And in that moment Jessica & Ollie's collaboration was born.
Fast forward a few years, here we are with our dedicated Sheffield Steel Rings website and more product lines and options than ever. From bespoke engravings, to being licensed to use the official Made In Sheffield mark, Jessica and Ollie's little business has gone from strength to strength.
In 2020, we have grown to form a small team, which is really exciting news for such a strange year!
Amy H is our Operations Manager and she's here to answer all your questions and emails, managed our website, and also make sure Ollie is in the workshop at the right time to get our amazing customers rings made!
We also have our own in-house Laser Technician, Amy W who has over 10 years experience in laser marking and loves a challenge!
Of course Moss the dog is still our Quality Control Officer and fluffy workshop companion for Ollie.
Jessica studied Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University and had started her business before she had even officially graduated. Starting out with Stainless Steel laser engraved jewellery sold to art galleries and traditional high street jewellers, she then went on to open her own little jewellery boutique. After relocating their business to their home just before their first child Carmen was born, Jessica and Ollie started to work together full time. They now live in a converted church on the edge of the Peak District National Park in Sheffield with their two children Carmen and Robin, collie dog Moss and Silver the cat! Our workshop is a gorgeous garden studio which looks over a forest and this is where our rings are created by Ollie.
You can find Jessica's range of Fine Wedding and Engagement jewellery on her website www.jessicaflinn.co.uk
Ollie studied Furniture Design at Sheffield Hallam, after a short spell in Product design and then Property Development he went on to run his own Furniture Design business for the past 5+ years. His Artisan Maker skills were featured on the BBC series "Money For Nothing" and you may spot him on TV making exciting furniture from up-cycled materials!
He started making rings for Jessica in a crisis and with order quantities increasing, he switched from woodwork to ring making full time in 2019. Now he's Jessica's right hand man, the creator behind our Sheffield Steel Rings, along side designing our products and keeping the business going with help from our team members!
Yes, but did you find those rings?
If you have read this far, you deserve to know that we did (eventually) find the missing rings, about six months later! They were tucked down the back of baby Carmen's changing bag - can we blame baby brain?!