Shortlisted as a Finalist for the National Association of Jeweller’s ‘Designer of the Year 2019’ Award

Erica has recently been shortlisted as a finalist for the National Association of Jeweller’s ‘Designer of the Year’ Awards. The NAJ team were looking for evidence of innovation, achievement, teamwork, leadership and contribution to wider society. Simon Forrester, Chief Executive of The National Association of Jewellers, described the entries as “competitive” across the board, and... Read more »
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Gemstones and Light Effect – Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’ feature.

Throughout history, gems have been coveted and fashioned to maximise their natural beauty and attractiveness. Every type of gemstone has different physical properties, and this leads to their individual qualities. Some gems rely almost entirely on a wondrous colour. Green jade, for example, bright-blue lapis lazuli and sky-blue turquoise are opaque gems that are simply... Read more »
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Autumn: Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’ feature

These words from the poem ‘Maple and Sumach’ by C Day Lewis inspired me to make a autumnal necklace of ruby, rich 22 ct gold and deep pink spinel. As a child I used to be fascinated by the sumach tree we had in our garden. The colours of its leaves in the autumn were... Read more »
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Suffragette Jewellery. Excerpt from ‘Hidden Gems’ feature

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’ feature

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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