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Texture Tuesday - Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe

Motivation Monday - at first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again

Jewellery inspiration - unusual stone settings

I am pretty addicted to pinterest and love that we have so much access to inspiration as jewellers there. I have recently been drawn to unusual stone settings and I find it useful to consider how the jeweller has done it as it gives me a jumping off point for ideas. Here are a few innovative designs that I love.

Turquoise necklace by Cobalt blue


I love the work of byDaphne Krinos who regularly uses stones in innovative ways. This piece is a round brooch on 18 carat gold


Swarovski crystalactite ring from Maison Margiela

Thomas Giesen - acrylic ring with amethyst ball


Labradorite pendant by Anna Vosburg


Glauco Cambi bracelet with magnetic closure


Odyssey orbital ring earrings by Silversong jewelry


25% off jewellery classes at the London Jewellery School

The London Jewellery School very rarely does discounted tuition so take advantage of this offer of 25% off day and taster classes booked between now and midnight on Tuesday 20th October 2015. You can get discount on any class you book, it doesn't have to be happening before that date. LJS have dates throughout 2015 and 2016. To obtain the discount use the code 20 09 15 01 when booking.
There are so many great classes you can do from metal clay to resin, perspex to technical drawing. Have a look and see, what do you want to add to your jewellery making skills?
If you'd like to see when I am due to teach at LJS you can view my teaching calendar here (this is subject to change but is what I am currently scheduled to teach)

Affordable beading class enrolling now (London)

I invite you to join my Beautiful Beading class at the Mary Ward Centre, Holborn, London on Mondays 3-5.30pm. During the class, which is suitable for beginners and improvers, you will learn how to make


earrings, including shaping your own earring wiresbracelets - using different materials and multi-stranded braceletsnecklaceslariatsWe will also look at design and inspiration and you will have the opportunity to work on your own projects with my support.
The Mary Ward Centre is a lovely place to learn and classes are very affordable for those on a budget. The course fee includes tuition and findings (wire, stringing materials, use of tools etc). It also includes beads for the first few weeks of class. You will then be advised about the projects and be able to purchase your own beads in your own choice of colours.
The class started this week with an induction but you can join on Monday 28th September and you won't have missed any techniques.

Texture Tuesday - peacock feathers

Motivation Monday - edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It's your masterpiece after all

Jewellery inspiration - beautiful earrings without a piercing

A few weeks ago I was teaching the Beginners Beading class at the London Jewellery School. On that class you learn techniques to make earrings, two types of necklace and two types of bracelet. During this particular class one student asked if she could make clip on earrings as her ears weren’t pierced. It is an unusual request as most people who attend the class have pierced ears but it got me to thinking about earring designs without piercings. We tend to think of the Pat Butcher style earring but there are some fashionable alternatives out there.

Hook style This style of earring has a wire hook that goes around the top of the ear to secure the earring and tends to have dangles

I love this dangle feather earring cuff from Anni Jurgenson


This edgy spike design is from Elite Fashion club


A modern take on classic pearls and gold metal from Crunchy Fashion


Ear cuff This ear saver is from Chapman jewelry


Pave cz set ear cuff by i Precious


Texture Tuesday - Florence cathedral doorway

Motivation Monday - a strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink

Jewellery designs for your feet

I've been looking at trends in jewellery design recently and have turned my attention to jewellery for the feet! I particularly like the trend for bejewelling shoes and boots.

Barefoot sandals Barefoot sandals tend to be made from cord and beads and decorate the ankle and go around at least one toe. They have become popular for beach weddings

These from swap top shoes can be worn with bare feet or with shoes


This boho design is available from GP Yoga


A crochet version of the barefoot sandal from Lasunka


Anklets Anklets or ankle bracelets are great to draw attention to lovely shoes and complement them


Anklets work by Ashley Olsen, Zoe Saldana, Shailene Woodley and Rihanna (courtesy of She Finds)

Gold anklet from JCO Jewellery


Beaded anklet, part of a range from Xtra Virgin on etsy

Texture Tuesday - Peterborough cathedral ceiling

Motivation Monday - when you can't decide .. choose the bigger life

I was listening to Gretchen Rubin's fantastic podcast Happier last week (episode 27) and was struck by this advice about decision making. When you are trying to decide on a course of action and are finding it difficult, choose the bigger life. She spoke about it in terms of deciding whether to get a dog or not. Choosing the bigger life for you could mean getting the dog because having a dog can mean more happiness and more activity. Alternatively it could mean not getting a dog because you'd have more freedom to travel, less ties to home. So the right decision for you becomes clearer. I love this idea. Whatever the decision you want to make, choose the bigger life.

A visit to Rochester cathedral

It was a bank holiday in England last weekend and we decided to do what we normally like to do for fun - visit a cathedral! Our favourites are the Gothic cathedrals but we are actually running out of those to visit in the UK now! Rochester isn't too far from us on the train so we decided to see what it was like. It wasn't a lovely day but we had some bright spells to enjoy the cathedral from the outside too. My partner is a photographer so I get to look at the lovely architechture and art while he takes the photos! Perfect.

Trends in jewellery design - body jewellery

I have been writing some regular blog posts for the London Jewellery School on trends in jewellery design and have turned my attention to body jewellery.
Body chains

Worn quite regularly by Rihanna (I found lots of images of her wearing this type of chain), these are chains that are worn in some way over the torso. She tends to wear them over bare skin, a little more difficult in a British climate! However, they can also be worn over clothing.




This piece is only £10 from River Island and shows how this trend has become mainstream




I really rather love this Menat broad body chain from designer Danielle Singer who has a large range of these types of jewellery



This chain armlet is from a lovely range by Ninnos

Wrist pieces
This type of jewellery has a number of names! It is known as a finger bracelet, slave bracelet and ring to wrist cuff (and no doubt many other names!).  It tends to loop around at least one finger and the wrist

Here you can see Anne Hathaway wearing an example from this trend b…