My work companion wearing a Twinset Rice Pearl Necklace - eight oxidised chain strands with silver and oxidised rice pearls
A blue cabinet of curiosities for September to represent calm, intelligence and trust.
This gorgeous aquamarine and diamonds are at home in their new branch ring setting.
Combining my love of nature and charm bracelets – it’s been so much fun revisiting some of my earlier designs for my website update.
I’ve been experimenting with trying to show more of my pieces being worn. This Bubble Hoop Collar Necklace was a statement piece that I designed for the Goldsmiths Show.
Kiss or cross
I often find that being a small business owner as well as a craftsperson means I don’t get to spend anywhere near as long at my workbench as I’d like to but it’s definitely one of my happy places (well, most of the time).
Pollen earrings in this month’s birthstone sapphire which is thought to bring order and healing to the mind. As well as the infamous sapphire blue (which is also known as Kashmir or bleu de roi) sapphires range from very pale blue right through to a deep royal blue – they can also be found in black, green, orange, pink, violet, white and yellow.
Welcome September. This month’s birthstone is Sapphire, which is known as the stone of wisdom. Sapphires have been long associated with royalty - they are a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgement.
I opened my invoice pad to discover that I was on invoice number 1000 which felt like a big milestone (I’ve had the same pad ever since I opened). The very same day a lady came in and said “you won’t remember me but I remember you from 23 years ago”. I’d made a silver locket to carry her son’s lock of hair after he was killed in an accident at the age of 23. She continued: “I’ve worn it around my neck without taking it off since the day I got it. It has given me so much comfort and so many people have commented on it”. She’d commissioned me to make the locket via the Craft’s Council at the V&A after searching for a locket for months but not finding one she liked. Then she saw my work at the V&A and they told her I could make something special just for her. We met at the museum and designed it together – it was very emotional. When moving house a year ago she’d found the letter I’d written to her and looked me up – she’d come to buy a gift for her youngest son’s new girlfriend. It felt quite unbelievable, totally amazing, tragic, happy and sad all mixed up. What a sale for my 1000 invoice!