Bristol and Cirencester-based bespoke fine jewellery retailer Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery is celebrating one of its most unusual commissions to date – a unique 22ct yellow gold “key ring” requested by the team behind the new ITVX television series, The Winter King.
When the series began filming in Wales and the West Country in 2022, Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery was approached to craft a striking “key ring” in gold, which would prominently feature on the little finger of leading actor Eddie Marsan. Early indications suggest this unusually shaped signet-style ring plays an important role in the storytelling.
In a nod to history and ancient metalsmithing techniques, the ring was cast to have a slightly textured and organic finish. To achieve the production company’s desired look, Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery’s master goldsmith Tom Wightman created the piece personally from more than 60g of gold. The ring was sandbox cast in-house in two parts to achieve the 5th century look, requiring just over 12 hours to complete.
Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery chief executive Mark Smith said: “It is always exciting to receive a bespoke jewellery commission from a TV production company, especially one that is creating a TV series about ancient British legends on local soil! We are thrilled to represent Bristol by creating this unique 22ct ring, which I hope will unlock some treasures on the television show when it airs later this month.”
Set in the 5th century, The Winter King is based on the Warlord Chronicles series of books by Bernard Cornwell, which draw inspiration from Arthurian myths and legends. The series will star Iain De Caestecker (The Control Room, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Arthur Pendragon, alongside Eddie Marsan (The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, Deceit) as High King Uther and will premiere in the UK on December 21.