Suffragette Jewellery. Excerpt from Weston Daily Press

Why do we wear jewellery? There is a host of possible reasons; personal adornment, expression of personality, to bring good luck or a declaration of emotional commitment. Amongst these varied reasons, jewellery has also been used throughout the ages to symbolise an allegiance to a political group or social belief. During the Edwardian period, pieces... Read more »
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Eternity Rings; Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’ article

An eternity ring usually consists of a complete ring of small glittering diamonds or other gemstones, often the same size and shape, running all the way around the finger- without beginning or end. Queen Victoria notably chose a very unusual engagement ring- a snake, encircling the finger, eating its own tail. Inspired by Greek mythology... Read more »
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Amethyst and Quartz. Excerpt From ‘Hidden Gems’ feature

For those that have a birthday in this month, you are lucky to have the beautiful purple Amethyst as your birthstone. Amethyst is a clear, purple coloured crystalline version of quartz. It has been revered for thousands of years. Coloured by traces of iron, heating (either naturally during its time in the earth, or more... Read more »
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Wedding Rings. Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’ Feature

Making rings for engagements and weddings form 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. In... Read more »
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Saxon Knot Collection

Erica has spent years recreating various versions of the Saxon Wedmore Ring, during this time she has had many requests for matching items
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Swans. Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’ Feature

Swans have held a fascination for me for as long as I can remember; the Bishop of Bath and Wells’ bell-ringing birds often left me enchanted on many a sleepless night, mentally drafting what was to become my first collection. Appearing to glide effortlessly and elegantly with pleasing form, whilst hiding the reality of their... Read more »
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Gemstones

  Throughout cultures worldwide, mankind has held rare, attractive minerals, rocks and organic materials in reverence for thousands of years, and these objects, often polished and set into jewellery, are known as gemstones. Amber has been fashioned into beads since prehistoric  times. One of the most enjoyable parts of my working day as a fine... Read more »
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Kerensa, Cornish Tin. Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’

Hands up! Who isn’t moved by the stirring pace, flowing dark locks and rippling muscles that greet our screens during Poldark?…. Those horses really are in peak condition… and many rate Ross Poldark too! The filming for the BBC Series is done in a place that is dear to my heart and has had a... Read more »
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