A little bit about Me

 

Re-used old cut diamonds & precious metal

Re-used old cut diamonds & precious metal

 


 

Karen's grandmother's precious rings

Karen’s grandmother’s precious rings

I’m an independent jewellery designer working with gold, silver and precious stones using traditional silversmithing techniques.

Whilst I enjoy working with newly sourced metal and stones, my true passion is working with a piece of jewellery that has meaning, perhaps a piece left by a loved one, taking it and breathing life back into it…

beautiful old cut diamonds removed & the 18ct gold refined into

beautiful old cut diamonds & gold ready to be worked

With any piece I make, the privilege is all mine, for someone to come to me and ask me to make them an engagement band, a wedding ring, remodel a piece of jewellery is such an honour. It’s as if I step outside of my life straight into theirs…

spinning bands & hearts now formed

spinning bands & hearts now formed

I love creativity & take inspiration from every thing I see!  I’m a really random person when it comes to the bare facts. I love to name my pieces, to give them an identity, to tell a story. Sweet Dreams, this was one of the frequent designs that woke me frantically from sleep, clutching for a pen and paper. La Pelosa, an aquamarine ring named after the clearest, crystal blue sea I’ve ever seen.  Little Satsuma, a small but very sweet orange sapphire stacking ring. Something Blue, a modern twist on an engagement ring – set with a striking natural blue diamond – I could go on and on and on…

settings & hearts soldered to the central bands

settings & hearts soldered to the central bands

Every piece is special without a single doubt. Some pieces tug my heart strings more than others. I always cry at sad (and happy) movies and often shed a little tear over a piece of my work. Strangely, given my (fading) red hair it’s rarely to do with temper or anger (though my children and dogs do inherently know when is a good time to ‘not bother’ me and when to ask for those new trainers!)

I was recently contacted to remodel a set of wedding and engagement rings I named ‘Memories’. By some chance, I had worked with the customer some 20 years previously, she hadn’t realised this when she’d approached me regarding the commission. Her commission was tinged with sadness but also great joy – celebrating life and knowing that her son will always be in her heart… A great privilege to be part of this – and for a friendship reunited

I hope you get the same immense pleasure from my pieces that I get from creating them!

 


 

21st & 18th birthday rings using great granny's diamond s & gold

21st & 18th birthday rings using great granny’s diamond’s & gold

If you see anything that takes your fancy & would like to add your own spin – just get in touch…

You can find more of my latest design in my Etsy Shop