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 »
Looking at the prices and availability of precious metal at the moment is like looking at an erratic yo-yo. The jewellery trade is awash with webinars, Zoom meetings and speculation about trying to predict the way that gold and other precious metal prices are going to go and how this will affect our products when... Read more »
How welcome is the sight of a crystal clear blue sky after the stormy and dull weather we’ve had a recently? Or the vibrant changing hue of unspoilt sea against sunny clifs and shore line. It lifts our spirits, brightens the day both literally and emotionally. For me, anyway, it makes my day take on... Read more »
Leonardo De’ Caprio has been spotted wearing a buddhist one, Tamara Ecclestone had a diamond one stolen and Wonder Woman has a magnificent oversized golden pair…bangles and bracelets have so many different variations it’s hard to know where to start. The first bangles fashioned were probably the ‘Torc’ style – examples are known to date... Read more »
My mother pulled out a small dark blue pendant box with a golden hinge. ‘I’ve kept the first pieces of jewellery you ever made!’, she said, as she handed me the box. I was 17 and had just enthusiastically announced my intended career path of training as a jeweller. I opened the box excitedly, not... Read more »
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Erica Sharpe Fine Jewellery! Thank you for the continued support and trade over the last year. We are closed from 21st December, re-opening on 8th January and looking forward to some exciting new projects including launching our new website! We would like to... Read more »
Running a jewellery workshop and shop at this time of year is…well… full-on! From September onwards, the jewellery trade hurtles at an ever-quickening pace to get work created, displayed, altered and distributed in time for the big day. To add to the stress there’s the inevitable postal strike, winter illness, bad weather, bad temper and... 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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