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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...

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...

Business as usual in all its new guises!

We have recently been informed that the Desire at Chelsea show in February 2021 has, like all our shows last year, been cancelled.  Certainly this is a blow to us because not only do we absolutely love going to the shows and seeing all our clients, meeting new ones...

Just my style

Whether you’re designing a meal, a tower block, or a ring, your inspiration has to come from somewhere and finding the source of this inspiration is really interesting. Take this little vine ring, for example.  All the way back in 1978 Polly was making beautiful...

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...

And on a more personal note….

Instead of posting a blog this week I thought it would be a nice idea to send out a more personal letter to let you know what we’ve been up to at Polly Gasston Goldsmith during lockdown, and what we’ve been doing to make ourselves available to you in these very...

Remember the wonderful Wolf Hall?

Do you remember when BBC 2 aired the mini-series, Wolf Hall?  I thought it was brilliant and the costumes and interiors were completely evocative of the period and just how I imagined they would be. Of course I spent a good deal of time looking at the jewellery too...

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