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Fourteen Fascinating Pearl Facts You Need To Know

Pearls have a very long history in jewellery, they have been prized for their natural beauty for millennia. They are now mostly a product of intensive farming. There are two ways of looking at this; either their value is on the wane, or more people can afford them in their jewellery. Here are fourteen curious pearl facts you might not know. Pearl History Pearls were initially hand fished by divers with no more equipment than…

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What are the Golden Stones For a Golden Summer? A Brief look at Heliodor and Golden Topaz.

Golden Topaz Cocktail Ring

I’m finally off on holiday this week so as this blog post goes up I will be off in my campervan to sunny (or at least I hope it will be sunny) Yorkshire to go mountain biking in Dalby Forrest. The thought of holidays and all the unusual amounts of sunshine we have been having in the UK has got me thinking about golden stones. Heliodor is such an evocative name for a gem, so…

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The Friday Jewellery Sale: Doing Things Differently, Keeping it Fresh.

I’m doing things differently with the Friday Jewellery Sale, keeping my webshop fresh so you can visit weekly and fall in love with new jewellery. The change is on my website and in the way I work. Everything I make is one-off, so the week’s new pieces go up for sale on Fridays. All available on a first come first served basis. How does it work? Read on! …Or click here to see jewellery available…

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How Trusting in Time and Your Creative Process Allows Transformation and Creative Flow To Happen.

So much of daily life pulls us along at a breakneck pace, the clamour for our attention is relentless. Creativity is one area where putting on the brakes and slowing right down is the only way to get lasting results. When you use your creativity at work or in your hobbies, the same process will be acting on you as it does on me. Last week I wrote about my research into the master goldsmiths…

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The Celtic Torc Is The Beautiful Magic of Iron Age Treasure

The Celtic Torc is the crown jewel of the Iron Age world. This guide covers everything you need to know, what they were, who wore them, why, and how to make them. I’ve assembled what I’ve learnt so far in this post. Iron Age treasure hordes exert a powerful pull on me as a jeweller. The survival of 2000-year-old personal objects in almost perfect condition is an incredible thing and reminds me the impulse to…

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How One of the World’s Most Curious Jewellery Adventurers Threw Open Her Treasure Chest and Showed Me Her Most Spectacular Pieces.

It is a short walk from St John’s Wood Tube station to Tuan Lee’s London flat. You walk past the famous crossing on Abbey Road where an endless stream of Beatles pilgrims and tourists re-create that shot from that album cover while a resigned white van driver or two looks on. When I arrive, the concierge calls up ahead of me, and I am met at the door by a friendly and already chatty Tuan.…

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When You Anchor your Style with Jewellery Selecting the Perfect Snap Outfit Becomes Significantly Easier, 8 Tips for Getting it Right.

You open your wardrobe before an exciting upcoming event, you need a sharp outfit, but you’ve not got much time to get it right. You discover that although you have plenty of clothes you have nothing to wear. A common problem but one that can be solved by merely turning your approach to selection back to front. Rather than choosing your outfit first then selecting jewellery to match that, do it the other way round…

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Why that ring turns your finger green and what you can do to fix it.

You’ve got one of these, I know I have tucked away in a jewellery box. A ring you loved, bought while you were having fun and the sun was shining, on a whim because you liked it but when you tried to wear the ring, it just turned your finger green, so disappointing! What can you do? Well, there’s a simple reason why it happens and a simple way to solve the problem. Why Your…

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When I Listen To Matt Bellamy’s Swirling Guitar Playing My Forged Silver Jewellery Takes On It’s Metaphysical Shape.

I’m answering a question asked by a customer today: “I was wondering if you listen to music when you shape the silver, or just follow your drawing’s vibes? I got wondering, if there was a metaphysical and energetic influence of the music on the shape the silver takes, because of the physical sound wave of music, I am very curious to know if it might, or not. I like the idea of it, the jewel…

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“A Bracelet of Bright Hair About the Bone”: How Engaging With the Jewellery of the Past Allows You to Sculpt Your Identity in the Present.

Next time you go to a museum look at the jewellery. Not just at the beauty, craftsmanship or sparkle of the materials but at the space around it. That place where the body fits, the hole in the centre of a ring, the pin that goes through an ear, a clasp that secures around a neck. Then imagine who once wore that piece of jewellery. The once proximity of these objects to their wearers can…

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