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£186 of Unworn Jewellery.......Each!!

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A recent study has shown that each woman in the UK owns, on average, £186 of unworn jewellery, equating to a whopping £6.2 billion!!

Even though 70% of the 2000 women surveyed said that they choose to wear the same pieces every day, 1 in 5 admitted that buying new jewellery was their favourite affordable luxury.

It got me thinking , what are these pieces of jewellery that we don’t wear? Are they family pieces that have been handed down? Pieces that we bought years ago and have simply fallen out of love with? Gifts that we never really liked? Items that are not “in fashion” anymore?

So what should you do with these hidden pieces?

One thing I love about working with precious metals and gemstones is the ability to take unworn, unloved pieces and turn them into something new. There have been a few occasions when clients have asked me to take existing jewellery and create something more to their taste, create a statement piece. This usually means removing gemstones and melting the precious metal, whether it’s gold or silver. Being able to give new life to old pieces is something I love to do so if you have forgotten pieces that you would like to turned into a piece of jewellery that you’ll want to wear regularly then get in touch

Before…….

Before…….

And after! Old Family gold sandwiched between silver to create two rings with a frosted finish

And after! Old Family gold sandwiched between silver to create two rings with a frosted finish


2019.....Resolutions, Goals and Dreams

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At the beginning of every new year, the media always shouts about “Resolutions!”…..”New Year, New You!”……etc etc. Statistics show that nearly 80% fail by the second week of February! Too much pressure and perhaps too big a goal?

I prefer to set smaller goals throughout the year but my main one this year is to consume less and be more mindful of what I do consume and where it comes from. When I say “consume”, I don’t mean food…I mean in physical, material items. In particular, plastics……we’ve heard a lot over the last year or two about single use plastics and the damage they do to the environment.

I want to follow that through to my business as well. One of my suppliers is now using paper bags instead of plastic for many of their products which is fantastic. I’m going to be looking at my own packaging practices and see if there is anything further I can do.

Jewellers are very good at recycling and reusing materials, after all, gold and silver are not cheap! Scrap can be melted down either at a Refiners, where they pay for your scrap material and turn it back into sheet and wire, or many jewellers will melt the precious metal themselves to create something new.

I also don’t want to buy for the sake of buying….I’m as guilty as the next jeweller when it comes to tools but have I already got a tool that can do the job or one that can be adapted? Can I borrow the tool from a jeweller friend or buy it second-hand?

I also want to be mindful of where my materials come from, have they been mined in an ecological and ethical way? Different things but both equally as important.

So, let’s see where this takes me this year. I’m looking forward to 2019 and all the adventures it holds!




Goodbye 2018!

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I can’t believe we’re here….the last day of 2018!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me over the past year. I’ve travelled to different parts of the country and met some wonderful people. I’ve seen some familiar faces and met plenty of new ones too.

I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings and I hope to see you all there!

Jars of Seaglass

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At the end of September, I was exhibiting at the Autumn Show in Malvern. I love this show, as a visitor and an exhibitor….especially the giant vegetable competition!

This year, I had a lot of people commenting on the “Morvoren Dagrow” collection that features seaglass. Each person I spoke to also had a love of these little jewels from the sea and loved to collect them on their trips to the coast. One woman had collected pieces from around the world! I asked each of them the same question…..

“What do you do with the pieces you’ve collected?”

Each and every person gave me exactly the same answer……

“I put it in a box or jar”

My reply was as follows……

Do you have a favourite piece? A piece that means a little more than all the others? You could always send it to me and I can create a beautiful piece of jewellery for you! “

I love creating bespoke pieces of jewellery for people, especially when they feature something from a place they’ve visited. And it doesn’t have to just be a piece of seaglass. Broken pottery, whether smoothed by the ocean waves or from Granny’s favourite teacup…a pebble that caught your eye….these can be turned into a piece of unique jewellery with meaning, my favourite kind of thing to make!

So if you’re someone who has a jar of seaglass or a piece of pottery that you would love to turn into a piece of jewellery for yourself or someone special, something unique, something with meaning, then please get in touch! Head over to the contact page and drop me a line

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