How do I Choose a Pearl?

February 24, 2021
What an excellent question and of course an excellent choice of a gem! You might be approaching this question with some prerequisites in mind or you may just want some general information. I will focus on South Sea pearls for this blog, with a small section on freshwater pea...
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How extraordinary and beautiful are seashells?! They are jewels from the ocean, so many different shapes and colours with varying textures found littered along a shoreline, like a necklace around the sea. Collecting pretty shells for decorative use is a pastime that has been...
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Gold

February 19, 2019
Before the earth began, there was gold. A collision of neutron stars, a force of energy beyond our imagining is believed by some to have been the process which created gold. The formation of our earth was without a doubt a complex event. And so to try and explain how gold wa...
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The Value of Jewellery

October 31, 2018
It is true, although it is hard for me to say it, there are some people who don’t see the point of jewellery – imagine that! Obviously I disagree with this so I will put forward, what I hope to be, three compelling points for the case of jewellery: 1. Connection to famil...
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Cameo Jewellery

January 12, 2018

Did someone say, 'Cameo'?

When the word cameo is mentioned, many people conjure up an image of their grandmother or an older lady wearing one in the form of a brooch, the cameo usually being the side profile of a pretty woman, with soft ringlet hair and frequently set in a surround of ornate yellow g...
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Competition Design

September 3, 2017
Not so long ago, I went with my husband to one of his work functions. A professor engaged me in conversation.  He was intrigued to learn that I was a goldsmith and he proceeded to quiz me on the subject. His final question was, “Are you any good?” I don’t mind a ...
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The Pearl

'A thing of breathtaking beauty', a currency of old, more valuable than a city, a symbol of status and from the words of Pliny, the world’s ‘most exquisite and beautiful.’...
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Design

A design idea is often sparked for me after seeing something. What that something is, could be anything! The anything then mulls around in my mind morphing into various designs. For this particular piece of jewellery the something sparked from seeing a beautiful carpet...
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Pearls, Power, Wars - Part 4

February 8, 2017

Pearls in Ancient China

It's hard to imagine, but pearls have been a part of Chinese culture for as long as four thousand years....
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The Romans and Pearls

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." ' I hereby decree pearls to be Rome's most precious commodity!' ...
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