The Colour Blue: Sapphires, Aquamarines and Tanzanites

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In the second in my series on coloured stones I’m going to look at blue gems. Sapphire is the birth stone for September so it seems appropriate to gaze into the depths of blue-hued stones this month.

The sapphire is the leading stone among blue gems, Read more…

The Colour Red: Rubies, Tourmalines & Spinels

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In a new series of blogs I’m going to discuss coloured stone choices – focusing on different colours; red, green, blue and the remaining tonal rainbow. The sheer variety of coloured stones on the market can be disorientating but setting your mind towards a certain hue or style can make selecting something perfect for you much easier.

As the Ruby is the birthstone for July I thought it appropriate to begin the series with red stones: Read more…

Remodelling Jewellery

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Remodelling old or inherited jewellery is a common practice for me. Each piece that comes into the workshop brings with it a different story and a wealth of personal significance.

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Guardian Timepiece: Making a Clock, Part One

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In 2011 The Birmingham Assay Office made the historic decision to leave its Victorian home and move, for the first time in 135 years, to a purpose-built building.  Founded by Matthew Boulton in 1773 this venerable institution needed a home that was more suited to its modern, high tech activities as a state of the art testing lab. Read more…

Contemporary Silver Jug: ARC 4

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The ARC series pursues the principal of the ‘vanishing line’ and here I have pushed that idea to an elegant extreme. A tapering, hot forged handle appears to float alongside the body of the jug, adding a wonderful sense of drama to the piece as the point of the handle extends past the top of the jug and out, over the pouring lip. Read more…

Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring

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Over the years I have undertaken commissions to recycle diamonds into new jewellery, keeping the family connection while housing the stone in a piece that fits the character of its new owner.

My clients came to me with a large 1.85ct diamond set into a very typical, Victorian bar brooch which wasn’t my clients style. Read more…

Raise a Toast – Festive Silverware

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This time of year we’re all toasting the season and what better way to stave off those winter chills than with a little tipple in a silver vessel?  Warm whisky tones contrast beautifully with silver in a tot and champagne sparkles in silver and crystal.

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