After been stored in my parents' basement for five years this cupboard has finally found a home at the back of the shop! I bought it in an action at Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells for the shop but when I came to fit out the shop it felt like there was too much brown wood. My plan is to have fun decorating it each month to tie in with the monthly birthstone colour so here it is decked out in aquamarine for March!
I’m so excited to share this. These new rings go with my new Pollen Charm Collection of necklaces and I love the fact that there’s so much potential for different options - different metals, different stones, different sizes of stones, different combinations. They can be totally personal. You can wear one or stack then up. A friend had to listen to my logistical woes about how I make so many options available on my website! I’ve kept it simple for now so they are now online if you’d like to take a look! The lens in this post was a gift from the wonderful Milly Swire Bespoke Jewellery.
Having a jewellery shop and workshop in Tunbridge Wells rather than working in a closed-off studio or from home has challenged my creativity in ways I wasn’t expecting. I’ve always enjoyed making commissions, but in the past these would often be similar to my own work. However, now I get to meet lots of my customers face to face and as a result I find I’m creating more and more designs to meet a customer’s individual brief or to complement or re-work an existing piece of their jewellery. A customer recently brought in this aquamarine and diamond eternity band to make special branch ring. I’ve put together a piece for my blog about up-cycling or reworking jewellery - you can take a look via the link in my bio.
I often think the backs of bracelets are neglected - as a bracelet turns and moves on your wrist it’s often the back of the design you see. With my turtle design I created a pattern on both sides to reflect the beauty of both sides of a turtles shell. Do stop by if you are in Tunbridge Wells and looking for a Mother’s Day gift - my shop is in the lower Pantiles.
I’ve always loved turtles and was lucky enough to swim with them on my honeymoon in the Caribbean. As you may know I often take my inspiration from nature and the almost geometric pattern of a turtle shell is my starting point.
Woman at work
Inspired by the wonderfully bobbly texture of octopus tentacles 🐙
Introducing my new pollen earrings. They are a really wearable, popular size and the first time I’ve made earrings where the stones are the main event.
Waving hello to March. This month’s birthstone is aquamarine - it’s believed to help calm waves and keep sailors safe. It’s name comes from the Latin for seawater. Aquamarine is said to give the wearer protection against foes and quicken their intellect. 🚣♀️
I couldn’t resist posting this too. Here’s the baroque necklace to complete the story told in the last two posts.