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On The Face Of It

When I put a new piece of jewellery into stock I usually just describe the stone as ‘cabochon’ or ‘faceted’ but actually I should get more technical when it comes to the facet cut stones we use because there are so many different types of cut....

Jasper and Jade

Jasper and Jade aren’t named for Jim and Judy’s twins in this instance but are two of the three gems in the directory of gems that begin with J. The third one is Jet which I wrote about a while ago, and I thought I should look at these two as well. Jasper...

Post lockdown update

It’s been a different and quite difficult year – understatement! – but it’s all beginning to come alive again which is so great.  So far it looks as though Goldsmiths’ Fair is going to go ahead, one week later than usual, and we will be...

The Star Of The Show

There’s no telling what will inspire my next article, and this week I was surprised that it was the curtains in my conservatory that did the job!  For no particular reason they made me wonder about stars in jewellery, and most particularly the significance of...

Not Just A Pretty Face…

While it’s true to say that wearing jewellery makes you look and feel wonderful, shows off your wealth, makes a statement about who you are and all that, it hasn’t always just been about decoration. Jewellery, especially in days gone by, often had a much more...

The A-Listers

The other day we brought out a collection of lovely stones that Polly bought at auction, with a view to deciding which we’d use first. They’re lovely pieces but none of them are perfect (which makes them perfect for us, of course) and it got me thinking about...

All glassy eyed

Scrolling through Instagram the other day I saw what I thought was carved glass jewellery. It turns out it’s resin, but it got me thinking and wondering about glass jewellery. When we were children we used to swap sweets for beads in Northern Kenya and only now...

Cuttlefish creation

Since Polly came back to the bench in 2007 after a 30 year hiatus, her work has been, and still is, influenced by the ancient jewellers; mycenaean, Egyptian, Persian and of course Roman.  Recently we’ve been drawn to Roman design quite a lot, in particular...

The Birds And The Beetles

During a session of Magpie Therapy  (i.e. going through my jewellery box on a rainy afternoon)  I found this little pendant that I haven’t seen or thought of for ages.  As far as I know it’s made with a butterfly wing and while I have never seen a butterly...

Grasping the clasp

All jewellery, except rings perhaps, have a functional element along with their obviously aesthetic one; earrings have posts and wires, brooches have pins, and necklaces and bracelets have clasps. There are few things that can be done with ear wires to make them...

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