It’s my favourite time of the year! The cow parsley is in flower and our lanes bubble with its flowery froth. Everything in the springtime is bursting with energy and the promise of warmer and fruitful days ahead gives me a sense of optimism and things to look forward to. Emerald is one of the... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Spirit in Motion’, what do these words conjure up for you? The flight of a swallow returning for summer? A fast-moving ghost? Vodka being spilled in a night club? The words are in fact, the motto of the Paralympic Games. Thanks to an interesting commission I’ve had the chance to explore and learn more about... Read more »
We have a William Morris quote pinned up in our kitchen ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ I really like it, although recently it caused a squabble between my daughters: one had accused the other of not meeting the criteria of either category... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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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