Making rings for engagements and weddings forms a major part of the working life of a jeweller. It is a privilege to be involved in the process of marking such a big event in a couple’s lives and every piece I make for a wedding or betrothal is as individual as the couple themselves. So... Read more »
In the world of jewellery, texture and pattern is a way of creating contrast, interest and description. It also comes and goes in fashion and trends. How many of us can remember the popular wedding rings or watch bracelets of the 1970s that were heavy yellow gold with a rough bark texture? Or 1980s bands... Read more »
From the moment she could walk, my daughter was drawn to the sea. First in and last out, wearing a head-dress of seaweed and waving banners of kelp, she would spend hours in the water and along the shoreline. Appropriately, she was born in March which has the birthstone Aquamarine. The pale blue or blue-green... Read more »
It is compelling to me as a creative person to make something from natural raw materials and inspired by the landscape and environment in which they formed. It brings me a sense of completeness. Adding a human element to natural materials in the form of skills and imagination transforms these materials into something deeply meaningful. Recently,... Read more »
One of man’s oldest gemstones, pearl, is uniquely plucked from the sea rather than dug from the earth. Formed from the bruising of and reaction to an irritant, a pearl is formed within an oyster’s shell to protect their fragile and vulnerable bodies from permanent damage. An oyster coats any intruding grain of sand or... Read more »
It might be no surprise to learn that January’s birthstone is a gem that is known by several names that make reference to its warmth, glow and fiery appearance. Garnet is a fascinating and varied gemstone, well suited to cheer and inspire all those born in this month. The type of garnet we most recognise,... Read more »
Many of us respond to small symbols of good luck that affirm that we are loved and cherished, especially in the current climate. Jewellery can be all about providing exactly this. The heart symbol is a frequent and familiar icon of love in our western culture, and is used often in jewellery. Often a gift... Read more »
October brings us vibrant natural autumn colours, and those with a birthday in this month are lucky to have the equally beautiful opal as their birthstone. As well as visual splendour, the world of Opal is also steeped in superstition, which is believed to come from the 1829 novel ‘Anne of Geierstein’ by Sir Walter... Read more »
While weddings have more or less ground to a halt due to the COVID pandemic, those who are already married are still celebrating their anniversaries and I have been delighted to have worked on some lovely commissions over the summer to make pieces that help commemorate these special dates. One such commission was the restoration... Read more »
When I moved my workshop to Wedmore, I began to hear tales of a rather special ring that had been discovered in the village. Dating from Saxon times, this knot ring of copper alloy wire had surfaced whilst the vegetable bed was getting an annual turn-over. But for a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ it... 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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