Buying gemstones and beads

Buying gemstones and beads

I am a huge advocate for shopping local and buying from UK businesses, I also prefer to source my gemstones in the flesh so the last year or so I’ve really struggled to find interesting stones, beads in particular. Rock and gem shows which take place all over the...

How I started and grew my business

How I started and grew my business

Five years ago when I sold my first piece of jewellery it never occurred to me that I would soon be a self employed business owner but here I am. This is my journey to date, in brief. I think more than anything it shows that if you really want something (even if you...

How to request a bespoke commission piece

How to request a bespoke commission piece

“If you like my designs but want something a little different made for you please don’t hesitate to get in touch”   I mean this most sincerely as creating a special unique piece of jewellery designed by combining the customers ideas with my own is one of the...

What is Hallmarking?

What is Hallmarking?

First and foremost I must state that I am not an expert and the information here is only based on my own experience. You can find out a lot more about hallmarking on one of the Assay office websites. There are four Assay offices in the UK, London, Birmingham,...

How I make silver chains

How I make silver chains

After making myself that first square links necklace I continued to experiment with other designs and I now make a variety of silver chains, it seems there’s many people out there who also want to wear something bold yet simple. My chain links now come in several...

What is sterling silver?

What is sterling silver?

WHAT IS STERLING SILVER? I hear you ask..... Pure silver is a natural white shiny metal but is very soft and most pieces of jewellery would get dents, dings and scratches very quickly if it was made from pure silver. So most jewellers use sterling silver which is an...

How it all began

How it all began

My first make was a necklace, made of dried honeydew melon seeds that I dyed with food colourings and threaded onto elastic. I believe I was about 7 at the time and had forgotten all about this until many years later I bumped into an old schoolteacher who said that...