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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 Jet set

The word jet used to conjure up images of clouds flying by below and a gut full of excitement, but not so these days. These days the jet I’m thinking about is black and shiny and used in jewellery. I didn’t know anything about it and wonder whether I can tell you...

From pearls to St. Pancras

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a Mother of Pearl fish like this swimming around in my various boxes; I didn’t know what it was or where it came from and then when I came across it the other day I decided to try and find out. It turns out it’s a...

About agate – who knew!

When PGG started in 2007 we used, out of necessity, a lot of stones that Polly had in stock already from long ago, or we bought quite inexpensive stones to start off with till we saw how it went.  Among these were some flat faceted beads of banded agate and I confess...

Hi ho, Silver!

  Back in the day as a fledgling magpie I wore lots of silver, and now as a full grown magpie I have managed to up my game to lots of gold (very lucky me!) but it must be said that I do still love silver, and not just in jewellery but as a metal from which so...

How little I know – about Peridot

Ever since I was a fledgling magpie I’ve loved lime green as a colour. In fact I had the walls in my first solo bedroom painted lime green and I must have been about 8, so it’s been my thing for a very long time!  No surprise then that every time I go into...

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