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I studied Sustainable Design and Practice at The University of Derby, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2004. Since then I have worked as a jeweller, maker, designer and artist in a variety of roles. I work from my home studio in Sherwood, Nottingham designing, making and creating. I work part-time at the moment due to the demands of my 3 year old daughter, Matilda.
My jewellery is made using materials which are reclaimed, reused, reinvented and recycled. These base … read more
Amanda Li Hope finds inspiration for her jewellery from the form, beauty, and detail found in the built environment. Trained as an architect in New York City and London, her designs explore simple yet elegant geometries. All her pieces are made out of sterling silver, gold, and hand selected gemstones.
Ghanaian-born, London raised Amma Gyan, designs and hand crafts leather jewellery and accessories that combine the cosmopolitan life of the west with the vibrancy of Africa. Each piece is designed to be elegant and tactile with careful consideration to comfort. The moulded range have the visual impact of metal with the lightweight feel of leather. The essence of ‘me’ is to encourage the wearer to create their own look, find their own style, and make each piece unique to the them.
wear me, be you.
Amy Lee Hubbard’s small company called Facet Nation makes handmade jewellery in sterling silver with rough gemstones, resin and etching. Commissions happily taken.
Angela is a feltmaker and fibre artist. She makes unique and individualistic felted wool & silk wraps, clothing, jewellery, bags and homewares using the finest materials and utmost care. She creates exciting textural pieces, all one of a kind. Her chunky jewellery is striking; her shawls are stunning, and her felted vessels & cushions add an unusual touch to your home. She frequently does commissions – so you can build up a design together from scratch – perhaps a shawl to match an outfit for a special occasion, or a unique gift for a loved one.
My inspiration for my creative practice is fueled by a passion and a desire to explore the environment around us, looking for the fleeting ephemeral traces of our footprints in society. Influences derive from time and memory, objects silently disappearing into their surroundings, revealing the beauty of surface decay.
I use old and discarded objects and obscure and decayed architecture as a starting point. I then combine and assemble the found objects along with distressed … read more
I design and make contemporary fine and costume jewellery using precious metals and recycled materials. I’m currently combining silver with fused plastic bags to make a range of jewellery based on flowers.
Based in Buckinghamshire, I have been designing and making jewellery for over 9 years.
I make all my jewellery by hand, working mainly in silver, gold, and semi-precious stones, and love creating beautiful, contemporary, wearable pieces.
My designs have an organic, tactile feel, and share a sense of delicacy and movement. I gain inspiration from many different sources including light, texture, and natural and fluid forms.
Anne Morgan is an established contemporary jeweller who was recently commissioned to design and make the crown for the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012. Anne has been well supported by the Arts Council of Wales with two Project Grants. Based in South Wales, she is the current chair of ACJ (Association for Contemporary Jewellery) Wales. A member of Makers Guild in Wales since 1998, she exhibits her work through their gallery, Craft in the Bay.
Anne enjoys silver’s potential for … read more
I make intricate, delicate jewellery in silver and gold from necklaces and bracelets to earrings, cufflinks and rings. I also make tiny silver books with messages inside, little boxes to hide your secrets in, and small decorative bowls.
I create textures and forms in the metal using a technique called chasing. I am fascinated by the way the lines I chase onto one side of the metal can be altered and transformed by working from the back to form emerging three dimensional shapes.
I am influenced by the structure and texture of natural forms, such as shells, seed pods, leaves and rippled sand, and I like my jewellery to incorporate sound and movement.
I fabricate my Sterling Silver jewellery using traditional metalworking techniques such as piercing, forming, forging and soldering. I often add milled or acid etched texture or contrasting metal and use patination to highlight detail.
Some pieces may feature a cast element, these elements I cast myself from my hand carved master.
I draw inspiration from poems, stories and journeys through the imagination which can lead to quirky figurative pieces which I produce in limited designs. I sometimes use a text alongside a piece to provide humour or explanation about the design.
Annika draws strongly on her Scandinavian roots for inspiration. A modern Stockholm based apprenticeship, followed by a BA Hons in 3D design and silversmithing at Sheffield, has moulded Annika’s distinctive style.
After working in the London jewellery trade Annika started her own business in 1997 and has won many awards including Highly Commended in the Goldsmiths Design awards, Highly Commended from The World Gold Council, 1st place Male Jewellery and 3rd place Parure Categories of the UK Perles De Tahiti Competition, and design awards from The Worshipful Company of Cutlers and The Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Annika’s work is defined by angled contrasts and its solid weight, with an emphasis on high quality workmanship.
Work is manufactured in sterling silver, 18 carat gold and platinum. Diamonds used are conflict free and G VVS1 quality.
I am a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and am currently based at home in Fife.
Inspired by the beauty of the contrast between solid objects and fragile elements, I create intriguing items of jewellery. Influenced by familiar shapes, lines and patterns, my work draws from the everyday sources of textiles, architecture, antiques and curios. By translating feelings such as fragility, through the manipulation of materials, I can begin to explore an intangible relationship; engaging the viewer with the jewellery.
Working in precious metals, and incorporating non-precious materials such as paper and porcelain. My collections contain designs of solid forms which are complementary to the body, whilst capturing a sense of playful ornate detailing.
My work is inspired by the architecture of Indian monuments and palaces. The geometry used in the formation of the structural arches of these monuments, the intricate details of the ceilings, and the decorative panels in the windows and screens, all form a rich heritage for my work.
The jewellery has the essence of the geometry, repetition and pattern, evolving in pieces that have a distinct style, are tactile, three dimensional and have a touch of the luxurious.
Originally from New Zealand, I now live in London, UK. I gain inspiration from things around me, often from overseas holidays and you’ll also often see my New Zealand heritage shining through with spirals (Koru’s) and other motifs. I create unique jewellery designs handcrafted with silver and with a mixture of polished and textured finishes to give each piece interest. I also love to add some colour in with semi-precious gemstones to create another level to my work. Every piece is one of a kind and I love working with customers to incorporate their ideas and style within the piece. My designs are perfect to enjoy wearing every day, or to dress up outfits for special occasions.
I make a range of silver jewellery from my workshop in my gallery (ACS Jewellery Studio) in Edinburgh. I have been teaching others how to make jewellery for Art Clay Scotland for six years now and have just recently turned my attention to my own line of jewellery. I have gained all my skills on the job, which has taken many many years. My jewellery is influenced by nature and is wearable and affordable, although I also make more high end one-off pieces.
Georgette Annobi from beadmewell, based in London, is a maker of semi-precious beaded jewellery.
The idea behind Beads By Alison is to create bespoke & unique pieces of jewellery that work with your style.
My designs are inspired by the colours & shapes of the antique, semi-precious and glass beads I like to work with, I’m particularily fasinated with the way in which the light causes the suspended beads to glow. Each piece is handmade & designed by me with a little help/hinderance from my assistant Fat Cat Peaches.
Every design is unique, I also offer a custom service making pieces which fit exactly to your needs what ever they may be.
I create contemporary, handmade jewellery using precious metals and gemstones. My inspiration is found in the intriguing shapes, forms and textures of the natural environment around me. The smoothness of a sea-tumbled pebble, the curious shapes of late summer seedpods, the textures and patterns of bark - these are all typical of the things that catch my eye and find their way into my designs. Wild Acre jewellery is therefore defined by the British landscape and the beautiful … read more
After graduating from University College Falmouth in Contemporary Craft (2008) specialising in glass I worked in a glass blowing studio in New Zealand for one year. It was here that my interest in bone carving was first sparked. I instantly fell in love with the intricate, beautiful jewellery made from bone and wanted to have a go myself. I did and have not put down my tools since.
I feel most inspired when out in nature, this connection with nature rejuvenates me, inspires me and makes me happy. The materials I work with resonate with me in the same way.
Bone has great creative and tactile potential, it is soft and warm to the touch. When worn against the skin over time bone picks up your natural oils and self polishes.
My jewellery and ceramics celebrate my love of found objects, memory and residue, and tell stories of the memories I have growing up in Somerset, as well as the people and things that I loved: my Grandmother, her button box, her Victorian house, full of interesting objects, summer meadows, birds and butterflies, dandelion clocks, daisy chains, glass bottles, old spoons and keys, my dolls house tea sets and nursery rhymes all were collected and treasured.
These are the objects … read more
I’ve spent the last seven years learning and perfecting my craft, and spent the last four of those at The School of Jewellery In Birmingham. I love to work in precious metals but silver is my favourite. I have an extensive range of tools and enjoy using these to create designs.
I also run workshops from my home in Shropshire to suit all levels. They range from a taster session of 2 hours, where a student can learn very basic jewellery making skills, right up to an advanced level that will enable the student to design and make a piece of jewellery using a number of technical skills. All tools are provided. Metal is bought on the day by the student which is charged on the daily rate, according to a registered bullion dealer. For a whole day course, lunch is provided, and the prices start at £20.00 and go up to £75.00 depending what level the student wishes to achieve.
I specialise in fine jewellery making, mostly bespoke and also have a range of jewellery designs for sale in silver and gold, incorporating precious, semi precious gems and diamonds.
I trained as an apprentice diamond mounter and studied design at Sir John Cass in Aldgate.
I like to use colour in my designs, by way of combining different metals, and also using the broad palette of colourful gemstones - often all in one piece!
After gaining a degree in Fashion Design, I originally started learning traditional metal smithing techniques, and making silver jewellery as a hobby. After many requests to make things for other people, I set up my business, originally at workbench in the corner of my kitchen.
I now work from a studio in my London garden; with chickens one side, and a vegetable patch the other. I love to escape to the studio and get busy, as I genuinely love designing and making things.
I am … read more
Inspiration comes from the natural world, a love of pattern, colour and drawing. Carla strives to make special pieces that are also comfortable and easy to wear for every day colour.
Colourful resin is layered then combined with oxidsed silver to create tactile, often asymmetric jewellery.
Each piece is handmade by Carla in her Edinburgh workshop.
I graduated in 2006 from Brighton University with a First Class in Wood, Metal, Ceramics, & Plastics. Since then I have developed my work producing collection’s and limited edition ranges of wearable but unique handmade pieces.
I use many materials but predominately work in nylon monofilament, each piece is individually constructed and dyed, making every piece unique.
I find inspiration from everyday observations that other people often pass by, moss on the garden wall, UHT milk pots, and fungi growing on cheese. I am obsessed with multiples, and I am very much inspired by colour, flora and fauna, science and its order and structures. I always look for new materials, and different ways to manipulate them. My work is tactile and I encourage the wearer to change and manipulate the pieces, once handed over is out of my control. I like that the work keeps evolving without me.
I make contemporary Jewellery from Silver and Reclaimed, Laser cut leather.
All of my pieces are individually designed and laser-cut, then paired and stitched with hand pierced or cast silver, which makes each of them unique.
Whilst at college I discovered my passion for microscopic images of cells and structures found within the human body.
Since graduating in 2009 with a Distinction in Jewellery and Applied Arts, I have developed my designs into very unique and wearable … read more
I am a jewellery designer/maker using traditional techniques. I use precious metals, stones and titanium, am based in Birmingham and sell at retail fairs.
Caroline designs, makes and finishes all her own pieces, working mainly in silver and gold, using gemstones to add colour and richness. Inspired by the natural world, she makes individual and timeless pieces to be treasured. Her jewellery has won awards from Goldsmiths Hall and been featured in Harpers and Queen Magazine.
Caroline accepts personal or corporate commissions. She is also a member of the Sussex Guild.
Caroline teaches jewellery-making in Sussex and is available for … read more
Charmian works with gold in a way that celebrates its softness and its warm, rich colour. She often combines silver with gold, even using silver alone or in combination with stones and beads. She selects these stones for their shapes and colours rather than for their technical perfection.
Charmian’s jewellery is made to be worn daily, to be cherished and, with the passage of time, to become integral to the personality of its owner.
I make sculpted wire work jewellery integrating semi-precious stones. I use an ancient technique of wire work which doesn’t involve glue or soldering.
My pieces are inspired by nature as well as the individual shape and feel of the stones I use.
Prices range from £30 to £300 and each piece is unique.
I design and make graphic contemporary jewellery. Much of my jewellery is inspired by the behaviour of birds - my pet hens and others.
I have work from two collections on madebyhandonline: one is based on quick sketches of moving birds, the other was inspired by all the nesting activity that went on in my garden during the spring.
Both these collections are made in sterling silver, sometimes oxidised to a graphic grey and sometimes plated in 18 carat gold. I do work in solid 18 … read more
My jewellery is inspired by music and musical instruments, simple yet wearable with many of my pieces having a playful kinetic element to them.
I work mainly in silver or gold, and use freshwater pearls and semi precious stones within my collections, the result is jewellery which is bold, delicate and minimal.
I am based in London and make precious metal and diamond and semi-precious jewellery.
I design and make silver and mixed media jewellery, my work progresses and evolves over time whilst I’m making in my studio.
I graduated university in 2005 and since then have been building my business through craft fairs, exhibitions in galleries and selling through gallery shops and online. I work from my studio at home in west London, it’s really a large cupboard rather than a room, but it means I can work around my young family.
Most of my jewellery is made with silver … read more
Claire Troughton makes gorgeous handmade jewellery celebrating the tiny creatures and sculptural plants of the great British countryside. Collections are made in gold and silver, featuring dragonflies, butterflies, ladybirds, flowers and leaves, adorning bracelets, bangles, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings.
Claire Troughton started making her beautiful jewellery collections in 1996 after graduating from the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art in 1995 with a BA(hons) in jewellery design. Every single piece is designed and handmade in Claire’s workshop in Chester, England. We really hope you will love wearing our jewellery as much as we love making it. Commissions accepted.
I design and make jewellery in my tiny studio in Colwinston, South Wales.
Working predominantly in silver, printed papers and resin, every piece of jewellery is individually hand crafted and therefore unique.
Sterling silver is formed using traditional silversmithing techniques. Paper is refound, drawn, or block printed on before being set into the silver jewellery using embedding resin.
Inspiration for my work is drawn from illustrations, lino prints and the many doodles and … read more
Handwriting forms the starting point in my work. Postcards featuring handwritten messages from unknown characters are sourced to begin my process; I also forage for old stamps and linen maps that have become separated from their original families ties and could otherwise be discarded as worthless.
Interesting sections are extracted from the found ephemera and combined with new handmade metalwork inspired by markings in our urban environment. The fragmented handwriting appears as … read more
I am a mix media jeweller. I studied at North Wales School of Art and Design, Wrexham, where I completed a three-year applied arts course specialising in jewellery Metal work. I use a combination of wood, resin and silver, taking inspiration from the effects the sea has on objects and their surfaces over time.
I cast the found flotsam and jetsam that I find along the Welsh coast into resin, combining it with wood and silver to create wearable objects.
I welcome commissions so … read more
The jewellery I create, in my studio in York, merges traditional silversmithing techniques with contemporary applied art ideas, resulting in unique one off innovative pieces, with style and function.
British gardens, hedgerows and Victorian botanical prints inspire the core of my work. I lovingly hand craft each item in aluminium with fresh vintage colours being applied. Hand made fine chain mail in gold, silver and titanium is created in the form of Collars and Scarves embracing … read more
Since 2003, fine beading has sent me on a fabulous journey, developing colour, form and texture in my work. I continue to explore ways to combine my metal work skills with traditional beading techniques, to create contemporary and unique designs. My jewellery is made up of bold 3D forms both geometric and organic, beaded in a myriad of colours.I use mainly 1mm glass beads to create large, textured forms and display them on silver findings. I like to work on bespoke commissions alongside selling my work privately and through crafts shows and exhibitions. I am a member of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen and Beadworkers Guild.
Debbie’s bold and innovative jewellery designs often combine metal and polymers to create colourful and stylish one-off pieces. She is intrigued by the relationship of colour and texture, and what can be achieved to create shape and form through modelling and a few simple tools. She is a passionate advocate of these dynamic and innovative products and teaches one to one and small groups from her studio in North West London for both beginners and advanced students.
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We are a leather and knot craft company specialising in using traditional designs and incorporating them into modern and unique items such as jewellery, stationary and bags. We use techniques such as braiding, plaiting, weaving, silver work and hand stitching working with only leather and natural materials. We strongly support Eco Friendly production.
I take a fresh approach to the design and making of silver jewellery, using inspirations such as flight in nature. I aim to design pieces that embody different perspectives, so each piece can be worn in several different ways. I have built a collection of high quality and detailed work over a number of years - my main technique is piercing, and I have used lace to emboss silver, making each piece original.
Eve Griffiths from Elle and Belle oxox makes handmade frame necklaces: “Each frame used in my necklaces have had layers of glitter, colour, gems and love poured into them to create my unique mini works of crafty art. I started making my necklaces when looking through magazines and I kept finding patterns and images that caught my eye. I wanted to use them in a way they could be displayed all the time and then I found a website that had blank miniature jewellery frames on sale. I layered the images i had in the frames with my own designs, glitter and gems and sealed and protected it all with a layer of clear resin. My designs are all unique and lovingly created every layer of the way.”
I make silver and gold jewellery with some semi-precious stones using traditional metal working techniques. My inspirations come from a variety of sources including antique tea servers and the seaside!
My work has always combined my love for mixing stitch, clay and found objects. I experiment using traditional methods in contemporary ways by beaching, inking, burning and trapping materials to build up interesting layers of tactile surface.
My colour palette developed from my annual trips to a fisherman’s village in Portugal, there I escape into a world of flaky paint and sea washed stone walls. I am inspired by weathered objects and places with a sense of story that to me are … read more
2008 Middlesex University graduate, Emma Palmer has adapted the vintage lace making technique of tatting for her ‘Cluster’ and ‘Flutter’ collections, which feature stretches of delicate loops of lace with chains of antique-style oxidised or matte silver to create a strikingly elegant range. She enjoys using this classic textile method to build unique, stunningly intricate and complex structures to create innovative modern jewellery in her Taunton based studio, staying true … read more
My work is inspired by contemporary Japanese architecture that is modernist and geometric in style. Fusing 3d computer technology with traditional gold-smithing skills enables me to produce geometric shapes that are hand-finished to create a range of contemporary geometric jewellery. Each piece encapsulates the simplicity of the line.
Prior to my jewellery career I previously worked for 15 years in Human Resources for a major publishing company. Wanting to make use of my … read more
My work is made in silver, a material that I love to use. It can be formed, polished or patterned in so many ways and complements the colours and textures next to it.
I make silver jewellery in its polished state or oxidised to create a deeply luscious dark finish and often combined with pearls. In addition to jewellery I also make silver Christmas decorations and tableware.
I am a designer/maker working from my garden studio in the Wirral.
My design process is often inspired by the forms found in nature but it could also be the lines and angles found in buildings or even a recollection or sensory memory.
Objects often change during the making and they start to speak for themselves, but the end result must always be that they are functional, as well as beautiful on the body.
Clean, simple and conceptual is my style – in muted tones but often … read more
Catherine is a designer maker from Devon who creates handmade silver jewellery which incorporates brass, copper and bead work.
A fascination of birds inspires a lot of her work - drawings of birds watched from her Dartmoor studio and on travels further afield are incorporated into the designs for each piece. She tries to create designs which are delicate and include movement to evoke some of the qualities of the birds which she studies.
Catherine is largely self taught and developed her style working with bird imagery, contrasts between Silver and Brass, engraving and oxidation techniques.
I’m a ceramic designer, I make slip cast earthenware vessels and bowls. These are all handmade using moulds I have also made. These are decorated with transfers with patterns that I have designed myself from my own drawings. These are inspired by fairy tales and the surreal. I studied at Hereford College of Arts, graduating in Summer 2010.
I also make ceramic jewellery pieces, which are all handmade and have my transfers on them.
Price range: £10 - £130
Handmade contemporary one-off designer jewellery in golds, diamonds, precious and unusual gems and baroque pearls.
Fiona Hamilton Walker is a Bristol-based jeweller working with sterling silver, copper, bronze and semi-precious stones.
She studied at Queens Road College of Art in Bristol where she learnt several different types of jewellery technique, but was especially drawn to texture and shape. Her collection includes beautiful textured cufflinks, striking copper embellished necklaces and bracelets and delicate silver earrings.
I work from my home in Bethesda, North Wales surrounded by my collection of art created by friends and family, vintage treasures and charity shop finds. These are all a great source of inspiration within my jewellery making.
I have always had a fascination with colour and wanted somehow to bring it into my work. I became very conscious of the amount of colour in packaging that we simply discard and throw away, in particular the rich jewel like colours in some plastic bottles and confectionery wrappers.
Having a keen interest in re-using and recycling, I decided to utilise these materials and have since been developing my jewellery from recycled plastics, foils, semi precious stones, reclaimed beads and silver.
I have been making jewellery since leaving college in 1991 and my work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries around the UK.
Helen has been designing award winning jewellery since she created ‘Helen Brice Designs’ in 2000, and has recently relocated her home and business to Devon.
Bridging the gap between classical and contemporary jewellery, warm precious metals in unusual finishes are combined with the beautiful tones of natural gemstones. Drawing inspiration from architectural and organic forms with naturally occurring textures & patterns such as crystal structures, Helen has created a timeless … read more
Salisbury based jeweller Helen Noakes is widely recognised in the jewellery community for her beautifully executed work in resin and silver.
Following a chance discovery of a single set of miniatures and a book on resin, Helen quickly developed an obsession with combining the two into her varied and stunning collection.
Now selling across the country and featuring in several books Helen incorporates everything from penguins to nuns to circus performers. The most important thing … read more
I design and make understated, contemporary silver jewellery. Size ranges from tiny ear studs to bold necklaces and bangles.
I studied Jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic and apprenticed with Wendy Ramshaw in the 80’s.
Ideas for my work currently come from my love of 60’s graphic design, floral patterns and repeat pattern in textile design.
I’m meticulous about detail and finish and pieces I make are extremely precise. Everything is handmade and finished by me at my workbench. … read more
I make ceramic and mixed media jewellery and novelties using handmade egyptian paste and other ceramic beads in a variety of finishes including raku and lustre. I also enjoy making chainmaille pieces and incorporating semi-precious stones, silver clay and polymer clay accents into my ceramic necklaces, bracelets and earrings.