Eleven years ago I moved my workshop from Wells to the pretty village of Wedmore. Days were (and still are) punctuated by interesting and supportive chats with people from the area. Topics range from the Great Barn Fire of ’96 to the finalists of the Turnip Prize. Amongst these pearls of local information, I quickly… Read more »
Spring is well and truly here, along with one of my (apparently) most irritating characteristics – being inspired! I’m a constant source of frustration to my companions when out and about, forever stopping to take a photograph, make a quick sketch or simply getting totally involved in some marvel of nature unfolding in front of… Read more »
Re-cycling Hidden Gems How many of us have a collection of single earrings, broken necklaces, unfashionable bracelets and ancestors’ wedding rings in the back of the ‘itsy-bitsy drawer’? Despite being a jeweller all my life, and making sure my earring backs are only capable of being undone with the force of an elephant and a… Read more »
Erica Sharpe Fine Jewellery will be closing it’s doors for the Easter break from Good Friday – 14th April and reopening on Tuesday 18th April. Happy Easter and have a wonderful bank holiday!
Precious Metals; Gold My connection with raw materials I have always felt a deep resonance with, and attraction to my raw materials. I spend hours working and shaping these bright, malleable and versatile precious metals – there seem endless possibilities in achieving form, structure, surface texture and use. How wonderful it is to start with… Read more »
Pantone’s colour of the year, precious gemstones to keep you in touch with nature and carved Emeralds; Happy New Year!
Within the last few years I have been lucky enough to witness the blossoming of Fairtrade gold in the jewellery industry. For Fairtrade fortnight last year I began a new jewellery collection entirely made in Fairtrade silver: The Honey Makers, a collection which features our hard-working friends the honey bee. Hand crafted in Fairtrade silver… Read more »
A New Year has begun and with it a plethora of predictions. My eye is drawn to the opinion, in The Telegraph ‘Luxury’ section that pink jewels will be big for 2016. Pantone, the arbiters of correct colour combinations, decrees this year’s colours are Serendipity, an ethereal blue, and Rose Quartz. Pink gemstones have always… Read more »
Their unique optical properties and rarity make them an exceptional choice for meaningful jewellery and I find them fascinating to work with.