I recently decided to re-carve my little teacup charm from scratch. I carved my original a good few years ago and, being a wax-carving novice at the time, I made the setting edge too chunky. This meant that setting the little smoky quartz gemstone tea has always been a bit of a mission.
This time I used Wolf gold wax, which you can carve fine detail into beautifully without compromising the strength of the wax. → Read more
I was lucky enough to get a very special Christmas present this year. As we’ve had a somewhat trying few months, the boy wanted to treat me to something I’d really love and, as he often complains it’s impossible to buy jewellery for a jeweller, he was delighted when he found out I’d been coveting one of Maria Tash’s beautiful diamond piercings.
Now that Maria Tash has a permanent piercing studio in Liberty, which is one of my very favourite buildings in London, it’s all too easy to pop in and admire the glorious sparkles. The piercing studio is located within the gorgeous jewellery hall at Liberty, but all of the glitter and luxury doesn’t come at the expense of hygiene. Behind the scenes, the piercing rooms are as surgically clean and sterile as any professional piercing establishment. → Read more
Well it’s been a funny old year, hasn’t it? The world has gone bananas and I have no idea what awaits us on the other side.
On a personal level, the past year has been chaotic, stressful and exciting in equal measures. Our lovely wreck of a house has finally had some significant work done on it, which was marvellous, although I would very much not recommend project managing a construction project, starting a new part-time job and dealing with the run up to Christmas order madness all at the same time! I had to turn down a lot of custom orders that I would have liked to do, just because I didn’t have enough hours in the day. → Read more