I LOVE jewellery. Jewellery is always there. Throughout history jewellery has been used as a means of self identity and expression. There are so many different styles, techniques and materials, I could talk forever!
I started out making jewellery more than 20 years ago. It came about because I was so sick of seeing the same mass produced stuff everywhere – I craved something different. So I took myself to a local bead shop. Purchased way more stuff than I needed, and just got started! My first creations were disasters! They fell apart more often than not, but with time and perseverance I mastered the art of beading! then I started getting requests from friends and family for specific items, to match an outfit, or for a special occasion etc, and my small business was born. I did have a break for a few years, but I missed it so much, I dusted off my supplies and started up again. This coincided with starting my embroidery business, so it tied in nicely.
I have no formal education – I go more for the trial and error approach! I have been lucky enough to attend a few local one-off classes, and have developed further skills over time. I love to work with gemstones primarily – they bring out my inner magpie! But I do also love the simplicity of mixed metal designs. Silver and copper are a joy to work with.
Here is a small gallery of some of my favourite makes. To see my available pieces, please follow the Etsy link above
Hammered Copper Heart Hammered by hand and finished with a blue agate drop
Emerald Bracelet Bar style bracelets are so good for stacking - but look just as good on their own
Just Silver Simple, but so elegant. I wear this every day
Chainmaille is so much fun. They are made of anodised aluminium
Peach Pearl A beautiful peach coin pearl in a sterling silver surround
Rainbow mobius roses linked together to form a bracelet
Rainbow Gems Garnet (Red) Citrine (Orange) Lemon Quartz (Yellow) Peridot (Green) Topaz (Blue) Iolite (Indigo) Amethyst (Purple)
Silver Bee Made in a craft class - sterling silver bee with honeycomb
Rough Diamond chips -Need I say more?
Mokume Gane Simple but stunning earrings
Hammered Silver & Pearl Hammered silver heart, with a dark grey pearl drop
Byzantine Weave My favourite chainmaille weave - shown here in unicorn colours!