You may well have heard about the Cheddar Brooch now on display at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. This rare Anglo-Saxon silver disc brooch dates from 800- 900 AD and is certainly a show-stopper. It was found in a field near Cheddar by metal detectorist Iain Sansome. Although it was covered in mud, Iain... Read more »
Over the course of the summer I had the pleasure of working with many lovely couples to create jewellery to celebrate land-mark points in their relationships. It was unusual to have such a cluster of work that covers all the ongoing stages of one theme. First, an engagement ring. That was an absolute beauty,... Read more »
At the end of May, I took up a challenge, responding to an invitation from The Wells and Mendip Museum to local people to ‘Get to know your museum’, asking the question, ‘Have you ever walked past the museum on Cathedral Green and wondered what’s inside?’ …. How could I resist! With the opportunity to... Read more »
What is a Crystal? The word ‘crystal’ derives from the Ancient Greek word krustallos, meaning both “ice” and “rock crystal“. Rock crystal is a clear, pure version of quartz and commonly used in jewellery as a gem. Quartz is the most common crystal on earth and appears in many forms. As well as rock crystal we... Read more »
Introduction Cameos have been created for thousands of years. The cameos in jewellery that most of us have seen are carved sea-shells. They feature a figure, portrait or scene that is usually white on the upper surface, and is carved and sculpted in three dimensions towards a different coloured background layer. Shells are ideal because... Read more »
A (very) brief history of Diamonds Diamonds were first discovered in India and were treasured just as they were, uncut and loose. In the 11th century, diamonds began to appear in jewellery pieces, which were also uncut and just as they appeared from the earth. In the 1500’s, it was discovered that the diamond... Read more »
The surface of things makes a big difference to how we perceive them. Textures and finishes enhance aesthetic appeal and can pick out details. As far as jewellery is concerned, the surface texture or finish of a piece can be the make or break of a design and jewellers use a plethora of (often quite... Read more »
Creating the ‘Searching for You’ collection Carving the wax To begin ‘Search for You’, I had the main theme of a leaping hare which I used to become the focal point for all the pieces – rings, necklaces, cufflinks, pendants and bangles. I needed a ‘repeatable’ leaping hare figure and decided to create this... Read more »
Ruby is a beautiful gemstone known for its vibrant red colour and exceptional beauty. It is the birthstone for July and also the gem that represents the 40th wedding anniversary. I am always excited to receive a commission for a ruby wedding anniversary. One exciting commission I did recently was a new ruby ring, with the... Read more »
Twinkle Twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are? Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky… What fascination a clear night sky can bring us! From time immemorial, mankind has wondered at the stars. We have given them meanings ranging from the power to depict our personal characteristics depending... Read more »
Pioneering the field of ethical jewellery production, Erica was one of the first jewellers in the world licensed to trade in Fairtrade gold.
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