Musical inspiration

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Jennifer and her daughter Benita approached me when they wanted to commission a one-off pendant as a 21st birthday gift for Jennifer’s Goddaughter Joanna. They liked the idea of using a local craftsperson and enjoyed the process of designing something unique from scratch. Benita had drawn up some ideas based on Joanna’s love of music and combined gemstones into her designs … Read More

Marc’s Bespoke Mixed Metal Wedding Ring

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Here’s a ring I’m really excited to be able to share with you – my own husband’s mixed metal wedding ring. Like a lot of men, Marc had never worn a ring before so was quite daunted with the prospect of whittling through the infinite options available to design his perfect wedding ring. However, being engaged to a jewellery designer … Read More

Re-stringing service

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Have you ever had a necklace that got tangled or snapped that you wish you could re-string? Philippa had this exact problem with a Baroque coin pearl and garnet necklace she had made for her mother several years ago. It was much loved but had broken through general wear and tear. The tigertail (wire/string) she had used was very fine and not … Read More

The History of Gemstone Jewellery

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Gemstones have had a mysterious hold on mankind for as long as humans have been on the planet. Before written language or even the spoken word, there was jewellery. British archaeologist Archibald Campbell Carlyle said of primitive man, “the first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration.” But jewellery is more than a mere ornament, a flash of cash … Read More

Charlotte’s 21st Birthday Ring

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Charlotte’s Mum, Anna, asked me to re-design her engagement ring for her daughter’ 21st birthday. The original ring held a single pearl in the centre of a bypass band in 9ct yellow gold. The pearl had long gone missing so she wanted to replace it with a bezel set moonstone and add some diamonds either side of it. I drew up a … Read More

What does bespoke actually mean?

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Bespoke is a word often bandied around by companies, but what does it actually mean? The word has an interesting history as discussed in this article. Initially, the word bespoke was “a past participle of the verb ‘to bespeak’ which meant ‘to exclaim or call out’, then it changed to describe ‘to discuss, decide upon’ and lastly became ‘discussed in … Read More

Diamond Education: The 4 C’s

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When choosing a diamond, the first things you will need to decide upon are the shape and your budget. If you’re opting for a white diamond, there are four things a good jeweller will discuss with you when giving you your stone options, collectively known as the Four C’s. But before we go into these four characteristics, you’ll need to … Read More

Diamond Shapes

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When it comes to choosing a diamond for a piece of jewellery, the first decision you’ll need to make is its shape. The shape of a diamond means more than simply the outline shape of the stone. Each cut has a totally different number, shape and positioning of facets. These variations can have a real impact on sparkle and how … Read More