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Beautiful bridal jewellery

Latest handmade bridal jewellery now in my shop.  As always, if you’d like more than one piece I can make more, and other colours are available if needed. I can also make matching necklace/ earring/ bracelet sets custom to suit you, and custom make pierced earrings into clip ons. I ship worldwide 🙂

 

Beautiful pastel lilac purple multi 5 row bib necklace, made from sparkling opaque glass crystal beads wedding bridal prom jewelry

Beautiful pastel lilac purple multi 5 row bib necklace, handmade from sparkling opaque glass crystal beads, in silver tone metal. Buy Now.

 

 

Clear crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with ruby red glass teardrops wedding bridal prom jewelry

Clear crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with ruby red glass teardrops. Other colours are available, please contact me for details 🙂 Buy Now

Crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with cobalt blue glass teardrops wedding bridal prom jewelry

Crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with cobalt blue glass teardrops. Other colours are available, please contact me for details 🙂 Buy Now

 Unique handmade bridal collar necklace, detailed with sparkling glass aurora borealis AB crystals wedding bridal prom jewellery

Stunning handmade bridal collar necklace, detailed with sparkling glass aurora borealis AB crystals. Buy Now.

Gorgeous handmade glass pearl & crystal aurora borealis teardrop pendant necklace wedding bridal prom jewellery

Timeless handmade glass pearl & crystal aurora borealis teardrop pendant necklace, in silver tone metal. Buy Now

Stunning handmade crystal clear aurora borealis AB teardrop collar necklace, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewelry

Exquiste handmade crystal clear aurora borealis AB teardrop collar necklace, in silver tone metal. Buy Now.

BIG statement earrings, detailed with beautiful glossy sapphire-blue glass teardrops, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewelry

These are BIG statement earrings, detailed with beautiful glossy sapphire-blue glass teardrops, in silver tone metal. Buy Now

Peach freshwater cultured pearl rose quartz pink gold tone copper wirework necklace bead wedding bridal prom jewellery

I also make a very popular range of handmade freshwater cultured pearl and gemstone jewellery, in silver tone/ rose gold tone/ copper / bronze and gold plated metals. This necklace is one of my best sellers – peach cultured pearls and rose quartz beads, on copper wire work. Buy Now

Handmade cream pink freshwater cultured pearl bracelet, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewelry

Handmade cream pink freshwater cultured pearl bracelet, in silver tone metal. Buy Now

Adorable handmade white glass pearl drape necklace, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewellery

Adorable handmade white glass pearl drape necklace, in silver tone metal. More colours and extra amounts available if needed  Buy Now

Cream white glass pearl teardrop crystal AB silver tone earrings wedding bridal prom jewelry

White glass pearl teardrop beads are difficult to source, but I’ve managed to finally find a good supplier who make wonderful quality ones. These classic drop earrings are detailed with crystal aurora borealis beads for an extra subtle sparkle. Buy Now

Art Deco inspired handmade earrings, detailed white glass pearl teardrops, with crystal and French Jet beads wedding bridal prom jewelry

Art Deco inspired handmade earrings, detailed white glass pearl teardrops, with crystal and French Jet accents. Buy Now

 

The timeless classic - clear glass crystal Czech glass drop bead earrings, in silver tone metal. I also have gold/ rose/ copper and bronze metals if you prefer, and all earrings can be made into clip ons bridal wedding jewellery

The timeless classic – clear glass crystal Czech glass drop bead earrings, in silver tone metal. I also have gold/ rose/ copper and bronze metals if you prefer, and all earrings can be made into clip ons. Buy Now

 

Thank you so much to all my customers worldwide – United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Chile, Japan, Norway, Spain, Australia,  and Germany! I hope you like these new pieces ~ any requests most welcome, and if you would like to adapt or custom any jewellery in the shop to suit you better, please do get in contact 🙂

Flower Power Jewellery

Beautiful, timeless – the art of flowers in jewellery.

These beautiful faceted glass beads were made in China, and feature black and agoldstone effect centre colours, with pink flower detail inside of the bead.

These beautiful faceted glass beads were made in China, and feature black and agoldstone effect centre colours, with pink flower detail inside of the bead.

Stunning gold plated brooch, featuring carved pink coral gemstone flowers and green jade leaves.

Stunning gold plated brooch, featuring carved pink coral gemstone flowers and green jade leaves. These types of coral and jade brooches usually come in a variety of posy designs, though occasionally I’ve come across butterflies and fruit brooches too.

Vintage 1950s turquoise gold tone costume jewellery brooch

Vintage 1950s faux turquoise and gold tone elegant brooch. The imitation turquoise stones are probably made from Czechoslovakian glass, who supplied a lot of the glass stones seen in vintage costume jewellery.

 

Flower red blue cloisonne enamel gold tone clamper bangle jewelry

Gorgeous cloisonne enamel flower clamper bangle. Cloisonne costume jewellery is a personal favourite of mine; I adore the sheer variety of styles beautiful detail in every piece made.

 

 

Vintage circa 1950s reverse carved Lucite brooch, depicting pink flower and with unusual gold tone leaf detail. Making reverse carving Lucite jewellery and objects was a popular hobby around the 1940s and 50s – Morning Glory Antiques has a great article and info on this.

Vintage Eloxal gold tone snake chain statement necklace 1980s fashion jewellery

Vintage 1980s Eloxal lightweight metal snake chain necklace, with flower pendant detail. No clasp is needed, as the flower pendant moves up and down to create a length that suits you.

Adorable vintage Edelweiss flower earrings, made from carved white plastic and painted in the centre stamens with grey and yellow cold-paint enamel.

Adorable vintage Edelweiss flower earrings, made from cream white carved plastic and painted in the centre with cold-paint enamel.

Art deco stunning repousse 3-D flower and leaf statement cuff bangle, in brass metal jewelry

Art deco stunning repousse 3-D flower and leaf statement cuff bangle, in brass metal.

Adorable vintage white shimmering plastic bead 2 row necklace costume jewelry, with flower and leaf bead caps. Made in Japan, circa 1960s.

Adorable vintage white shimmering plastic bead 2 row necklace, with flower and leaf bead caps. Made in Japan, circa 1960s.

 

Vintage circa 1960s orchid flower brooch, with stunning orange, yellow and green cold painted enamel jewellery

Vintage circa 1960s orchid flower brooch, with stunning orange, yellow and green cold painted enamel.

Cute teapot pendant charm necklace, with glass flower centre

Cute teapot pendant charm necklace, with glass flower centre

Autumn / Fall 2016 jewellery picks and colours ..

The nights are getting darker and the leaves are beginning to gently fall from the trees – autumn is approaching fast!  Here are my picks from my shop for gorgeous autumn colours jewellery ..

 

dark red 2 row multi strand opaque glass crystal necklace handmade fashion jewellery

These rich red beads faceted beads are made from opaque glass, and hand woven onto silver ton metal. Buy here.

 

emerald green long statement chunky green glass crystal bead necklace handmade fashion jewellery

Beautiful jewel deep green necklace, very long, and made with BIG solid crystal glass sparkling beads. Pure statement glamour! Buy here.

 

amber topaz brown crystal glass czech bead faceted long chain tassle drop earrings silver tone handmade fashion jewellery

I used to only make these glass earring chain drop design in Ruby Red, but got so many requests I now do various colours. If you can’t see your favourite shade, simply email me and I’ll make some up for you 🙂 Buy here.

 

two tone dark pale light blue opaque crystal glass bead long flapper silver tone necklace handmade fashion jewellery

The perfect transition necklace for summer to autumn, handmade with a mix of dramatic dark and light pale blue glass crystal beads. Buy here.

 

bronze brown freshwater cultured pearl bracelet silver tone handmade fashion jewellery

I was really pleased to be able to source a number of these beautiful chunky bronze freshwater cultured pearls. They look fab set with silver tone metal, as in this handmade bracelet. Buy here.

 

handmade copper celtic pattern knotwork chain necklace handmade fashion jewellery

One of my shops all time best sellers is the copper Celtic pattern range of jewellery, including this striking elegant necklace. Buy here.

 

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Cute lampwork glass animal charm pendants and earrings ..

I love sparkles and crystals and all things glamorous, but often I just want to wear cute things too. In my shop, there’s a growing range of adorable animal, insect and bird costume jewellery and I’ve got a real soft spot for it! 🙂

pig pendant lampwork glass bead cute necklace animal farm charm silver tone jewelry

pink pig lampwork glass earrings unique cute charm silver tone jewellery

ABOVE: Some of my all time best sellers – pig earrings and pig pendant necklace. These beauties are made from glass, and unfortunately they no longer seem to be made! I’ve not got many left in stock, and am desperately trying to find if another supplier has them. Buy here.

 

lampwork bead penguin bird pendant charm silver tone necklace unique cute jewellery

Adorable black and white penguin, complete with an orange glass bobble hat I made for it! (the ‘bobble’ is a sparkling Austrian crystal). Buy here.

 

bumblebee Austrian crystal pendant enamel charm necklace unique cute jewellery

There’s been a real buzzz (sorry!) about these bumblebee earrings and pendant silver tone necklace, made from black and white enamel topped with sparkling Austrian crystals. Buy here.

enamel bee glass bumblebee crystal yellow charm earrings unique cute silver tone jewellery

pug dog Austrian glass crystal yellow and brown bead pendant necklace unique cute silver tone jewellery

Adorable pug charm pendant necklace, complete with brown and beige Austrian crystal details. Buy here.

 

dolphin crystal blue pendant necklace sea nautical unique cute silver tone jewellery

Jumping dolphin silver tone charm pendant necklace, with tiny sparkling sea blue crystal glass detail. Buy here.

 

dove bird crystal pendant necklace unique cute silver tone charm jewellery

Super cute flying bird silver tone charm necklace, with tiny sparkling sky blue Austrian glass crystal. Buy here.

 

uranium glass crystal frog pendant necklace unique cute silver tone charm jewellery

This adorable little green crystal glass frog pendant has a little secret ….

 

uranium glass crystal frog pendant necklace unique cute silver tone charm jewellery

It’s belly is made glows under Ultra Violet light! (for ages I had a bag of vintage 1950s uranium glass beads that I didn’t know what to do with, and when I found this frog charm, I knew they had to go together!). Buy here.

 

ladybird insect glass lampwork earrings crystal unique cute antique bronze charm handmade jewellery

Gorgeous red ladybird glass charm earrings, complete with with green glass crystal detail. Buy here.

 

ladybird insect glass lampwork leaf earrings crystal bracelet cute antique bronze charm handmade jewellery

I love these glass ladybirds so much I can’t stop making jewellery out of them! The leaves are also glass, and the clasp is strong magnetic (with safety chain). Buy here.

 

ladybird insect glass lampwork pendant necklace crystal unique cute antique bronze charm handmade jewellery

You can never have enough cute jewellery 🙂

 

UPDATE: I also now have in stock pandas, mice, sheep and chickens!

Arm candy

Gorgeous bracelets and bangles overload …..

lucite harlequin plastic cuff bangle jewelry

One of my very own – an stunning ultra chunky Lucite bangle which had gorgeous pearlized confetti Lucite pieces encapsulated within. I picked it up in a thrift shop, and have no idea who made it. Anyone any ideas?

 

 

vintage harlequin rhombus mop shell mother of pearl panel stretch bracelet (1)

Made from a mix of Mother Of Pearl inlay and hard plastic, this vintage harlequin bracelet dates circa 1980s.

antique vintage persian painted mop pearl panel repair bracelet (5)

Often called Persian Storybook bracelets, these very old antique beauties have individual pictures painted directly onto the exquisite Mother Of Pearl panels. Each painting was done by hand, and then the panels linked together using wire. They date from around the early 20th Century, and vary in quality from quite crude to outstandingly detailed. PURCHASE TIPS: Study the pictures carefully, as the enamel work is very prone to wearing off, and this affects value. Also, the wire work can snap with age (as seen in the photo), so make sure everything is intact (or nicely haggle down the price if you are able to fix it yourself)

vintage 40s 50s deco 60s glass rhinestone paste loop glass bracelet (2)

Real art deco costume jewellery is actually quite rare – a lot of what is advertised as deco actually dates circa 1960s to 1970s (when there was a big deco revival going on). This beauty dates from that later period, and has a gorgeous and very unusual deco inspired loop design – it’s one of the best 1970s deco revival pieces I’ve seen.

vintage bird cloisonne enamel clamper bracelet jewellery

Forecasting future costume jewellery collectables is hard, but I honestly hope that cloisonne jewellery from the 1990s onwards becomes a must have in 30 years time. Why? The workmanship on these pieces is stunning, the colours and textures exquisite, and the subjects are so varied (eg, birds, animals, fish, flowers, insects, even unicorns!). I LOVE cloisonne enamel jewellery, and this bangle has to be one of my favourites 🙂

vintage mop lucite bracelet signed germany

Eloxil is a type of very lightweight, almost featherlight pot metal, and was a popularly used in 1960s and 1970s jewellery as it contained alloys which didn’t tarnish nor rust. West German jewellery makers of the 1960s and 70s were experts in using it to its best effect, as seen in this gorgeous German  vintage bracelet – the panels are Lucite (with a mother of pearl effect), while the sparkling stones aren’t actual marcasites – they are molded Eloxil onto the Eloxil panels.

vintage reloved corsage pearl bead multi bracelet diamante brooch glass bridal jewellery

One from my shop, I handmade this bridal bracelet using a mix of 1950s glass pearls and modern crystals. The focal is pure vintage 1960s, making this bracelet one of a kind. I wish I could find more of those vintage focals as they are sooo beautiful!

 

 

 

Favourite coloured enamel Siam silver jewellery

Adding an earlier post on vintage Siam Silver jewellery from Thailand, here are my favourite coloured enamel pieces that I’ve been lucky enough to own ..

Vintage orange, blue, green, black and turquoise enamel Siam silver bracelet jewelry

Vintage multi-coloured orange, blue, green, black and turquoise enamel Siam silver bracelet. While black niellowork seems to be the most sought after type of Siam silver, there is a growing niche market for more colourful pieces too, which (judging by the clasp settings and signatures on the jewellery) are generally from a later period.

Vintage red enamel Siam Silver fan and heart brooch jewelry

Vintage red enamel Siam Silver fan and heart brooch

Vintage turquoise blue Siam silver large leaf brooch jewelry

Vintage turquoise blue enamel Siam silver large leaf brooch. While the more common black niellowork enamel is smooth and flat, by contrast a lot of the colourful enamel has a textured background, to give more depth to the piece.

Vintage turquoise blue Siam silver enamel panel bracelet jewelry

Vintage turquoise blue Siam silver enamel panel bracelet. Again, note the hand carved textured background.

Vintage turquoise blue Siam silver enamel flower brooch jewellery

Vintage turquoise blue Siam silver enamel flower brooch. Not long after this photo was taken the enamel work cracked and began to fall out, which is sadly something which Siam coloured enamel work occasionally suffers from (especially this tone of turquoise-blue for some reason!). If you plan on starting a collection, make sure you can see the enamel work clearly before buying – missing or damaged areas are not desirable, and can render your piece almost worthless.

Unusual red and royal blue vintage Siam silver enamel brooch jewerly

A rare two tone red and royal blue vintage Siam silver enamel brooch

Vintage white enamel Siam silver brooch jewelry, showing a beautifully detailed Mekkalah, Goddess of Lightening.

Vintage white enamel Siam silver brooch, showing a beautifully detailed depiction of the South Asian Goddess of Lightening, Mekkalah.

Vintage white enamel Siam silver brooch, showing Hanuman and Matcha from the Ramakien (Thai Ramayana)

Vintage white enamel Siam silver brooch, which depicts Hanuman and Matcha from the Ramakien (the Thailand version of the great Hindu epic the Ramayana)

Vintage white enamel ship Siam silver brooch jewellery

Vintage white enamel ship Siam silver brooch. White enamel is the most durable of the coloured enamels (in my opinion even more so than black niello work), and never seems to crack or even scratch.

Ten jewellery stones that are totally cool (and not a diamond in sight!)

Bored of bling?

Fed up with playing it safe?

If it’s amazing character and a touch of the unusual you’re after in your jewellery, then check out these eye-catching stones  ..

 

Vintage Scottish agate and silver brooch with citrine gemstone jewellery deco

Citrine  is the official name bestowed upon orange to yellow colour quartz gemstone. When it’s this size, and bursts with this much fire, it blows other gems out of the water.

 

9k yellow gold blue topaz trilogy ring jewellery 9ct

If you want big statement rocks that ooze quality, but are also on budget, then topaz is your best friend! With its huge variety of colours and almost pure water like clarity (even in big stones – few inclusions with this baby!), topaz is the perfect go-to all rounder gemstone.

art deco foil backed glass opal pink paste ring vintage jewellery

Is it an opal? Is it a rare rock crystal? Nope, this beauty dates from the 1930s,  is made from good old glass.

vintage 60s butterfly wing earrings jewellery morpho

Though not everyone’s cup of tea, butterfly wing jewellery is made from yep, you’ve guessed it .. the real butterfly wings of the Morpho butterfly.  Before recoiling horror too much, the butterflies involved passed away naturally before being collected up and used to create stunning jewelry. There are surprising conservation aspects to this type of jewelry too – areas of South American rainforests have been saved and even re-planted for the sole purpose of encouraging the breeding of Morphos butterflies for jewellery.

Art Deco carved agate hardstone cameo ring in 9ct gold vintage jewellery

Cameos are one of the oldest forms of jewellery in the world. Get a good quality one, and it’ll be a talking point (and heirloom) for years to come.

Antique Victorian Pietra Dura micro mosaic brooch jewelry

Pietra Dura jewellery involves placing carefully selected thin slivers of real gemstone such as Malachite and Lapis Lazuli, and setting it into carved out onyx to create stunning pictures. Most examples date from the 1800s, like this exquisite Pietra Dura brooch, which originates from Italy, circa 1870s.

vintage art deco pools of light rock quartz crystal onyx gemstone undrilled bead necklace silver jewelry

Pools of Light necklaces are made from undrilled and highly polished natural water-clear rock crystal orbs wrapped in patterned sterling silver, and are sought after around the world, both by jewellery collectors and crystal healers. When one these beauties catches the light, you’ll know about it! The necklace shown has the added bonus of being made with an unusual mix of clear rock crystal and black onyx gemstone-  some crystal healers believe onyx enhances the effect of any gemstone it is placed with.

18ct gold alexandrite russian gemstone colour change jewellery 18k

Often called the stone of true gem connoisseurs, Alexandrite has a stunning quality which means it changes colour (from emerald green to ruby red) in different light conditions.  It is also very rare, and was the favourite gemstone of Russian aristocracy.

vintage blue john quartz silver drop earrings jewellery

Did you know that England has it’s very of internationally sought after gemstone? Deep in the hills of Derbyshire is a gemstone called ‘Blue John’, noted for it’s beautiful blue-purple colour and vivid golden veining.

Victorian Scottish Agate plaid pebble brooch, vintage antique jewellery

With its infinite variety of colours and one of a kind range of patterns, the humble yet beautiful agate is found all around the world. This antique Victorian brooch was made in Scotland circa 1870s, and displays the types of agate found around the Scottish coast – agate experts are able to immediately identify the exact part of Scotland each slice came from!

 

Further reading:

More info about butterfly farming and conservation:

Papillon Belle

Meet Me On The Bright Side

A blog post I wrote about about butterfly jewellery can be found here

 

The Blue John from Derbyshire, England:

Blue John on Wikipedia  – great article

Blue John mine tours can be found here and here

Here’s a past blog post I wrote about Blue John.