Jewellery Giveaway Jewellers: Part I
Updated: Sep 27, 2021
In my last Musing, Legacy: UK Black Jewellers Fund, I mentioned an awesome jewellery giveaway of Forty-Nine Jewellers and a gemologist from around the world. Though the giveaway is over, I wanted to show love and appreciation to the community who have supported.
Here's twenty-five of fifty, fabulous jewellers who helped to the Support UK Black Jeweller Hardship Fund:
1. Harriet Morris
Jeweller and cartoonist, Harriet Morris is based at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London. One of 5 jewellers selected for their business incubation course, Setting Out, she studied History of Art at Cambridge University and in August 2019, completed a year of silversmithing study at Bishopsland Educational Trust.
2. Kate Wainwright
Self taught since 2008, Kate Wainwright lives in West Sussex and strongly believes we all have a responsibility for the world we live in and should treat it with respect. She uses only recycled silver and ethically sourced gemstones and her packaging is also recycled, ethically and sustainably sourced as well as biodegradable, as it should be. Her easy going expression of how she aims to be and is sustainable is authentically shared on her online shop.
3. Collette Waudby
In 2014 Collette’s unique signature style was recognised when she was awarded ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’ by The British Jewellers Association, this being the most recent of a number of awards. However her story starts back in 1992. She studied at the Humberside School of Art, before specialising in jewellery. She completed her studies at the world famous Birmingham School of Jewellery were she achieved BA Honours in Silversmithing and Jewellery. She started her business in 1995 shortly after graduating and began working directly with the public on a variety of commissions, simultaneously establishing great relationships with outlets selling contemporary jewellery. Her collections can now be found in over 100 contemporary jewellers, galleries and museums throughout the UK. She has also worked on corporate commissions, gifts and awards.
4. Shona Jewellery
Shona Macaulay Fidgett is based in her hometown of Glasgow in Scotland, where she has set up her workshop in the West End of the city. Since studying Jewellery Design at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and San Diego State University in the United States, Shona has developed her own personal style of bold modern jewellery.
5. Manom Jewellery
Japanese designer, jeweller and craftsman Mayo has grown up in two worlds. The reality we all share, and another that grew in her dreams and imagination. Every Manom design is imagined by Mayo and bought to life in her South London Studio. Originally trained in haute-couture dress making, Mayo began her jewellery making journey when she moved to England in 2007, with her illuminating Moon Hoops seen on both Kate Moss and Fearne Cotton and featured in Vogue and Hello. Her vision and craft encompasses jewellery, prop making, costume design, painting and illustration...tools which allow her to bring a world of imagination to life.
6. Katie Whittaker Design
Katie Whittaker is a handcrafted jewellery designer inspired by ancient history. Supported by the princes trust you can find Katie's designs on Etsy. Based in Norwich, Katie creates sustainable jewels mainly from wood, inspired by artefacts such as the Roman collection of jewellery at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford.
7. Millie Marks Jewellery
Millie has recently finished studying jewellery design at Central Saint Martins, London. Her final collection for her degree explores the idea that we are all creative, whether we believe so or not. Her jewellery pieces combine together in a multitude of ways, giving the customer space to create their own piece to wear. The desire to create jewellery that encourages creativity began from Millie researching how creativity can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Millie has found that creativity is really important for her own wellbeing and wants to explore how she can encourage creativity through jewellery further throughout her career.
8. Elin Horgan
Inspired by abstract art, architecture and the urban environment, Elin makes pieces by hand in her Bristol studio. With a design ethos of ‘beauty in simplicity’, Elin uses geometric shapes and clean lines to give her work an elegant and contemporary feel. Elin works with Ecosilver, 100% recycled silver which we love!
9. Rachel Boston
Rachel graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design before continuing her studies at the Gemological Institute of America in New York, where she received her diploma in Diamond Grading. Her bold aesthetic redefines the traditional world of bridal jewellery. All Rachel Boston jewellery is created in her London workshops, with ethical stones sourced worldwide.
10. Catherine Hartley
Catherine Hartley was born on the west coast of Canada and lived in Vancouver until moving to London in 2016. She studied fine art before training as a goldsmith, receiving a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from VCC in 2012, and has been practicing ever since. She currently works from her South London studio. As a Fairmined Licensee, she works with Fairmined gold and whenever possible Fairmined silver, she is also a also a registered Fairtrade Goldsmith.
11. Anna Wales
Anna Wales creates sophisticated, striking jewellery that comes to life when worn.
Finding inspiration in pattern, shape and form she crafts each piece from countless delicate shapes, each individually hand-forged, which together form flowing, articulated pieces that sit sensually against the skin.Using a skilled arrangement of shining polished metals juxtaposed with oxidised silver and diamonds, along with the ancient technique of Keum-Boo, Anna creates collections full of light and shadow, spark and movement. Each piece radiates a contemporary elegance, exuding a luxurious tactile quality evocative of silk.
12. Naomi Tracz
Naomi Tracz makes elegant and wearable jewellery using silver, gold and semi-precious stones. With a background in fine art and photography she enjoys experimenting with contrasts of light and texture, always striving for simplicity of line and form. She takes her inspiration from the natural world and also her interest in the art and jewellery of the ancient world.
Naomi employs traditional metal working techniques including piercing, etching and Kuem Boo (the ancient Korean art of fusing 24 carat gold foil) as well as working with modern materials such as epoxy resins and acrylics.
13. Scratch London
Scratch was founded by Laura Brown a former Visual Merchandising Designer for Ralph Lauren, Warehouse, Evans and Reiss. Laura is a mostly self taught silversmith with a passion for granulation experimentation. The brand aim has always been to empower regardless of skin colour, shape or size. They manufacture ethically and sustainably. Most of their metals are recycled or made from scrap silver and gold.
14. Baked by Lou
Baked by Lou was founded in 2017 by Lou, who creates curious jewellery and statement homeware from polymer clay and ceramics, inspired by a love of bold shapes, texture and statement prints. Baked by Lou has been a finalist in the following awards with her polymer clay jewellery; Mollie Makes Small Business Category 2018, Liberty Open Call 2018, Etsy Design Awards Signature Style Category 2019. Check out the website, it's fab!
15. Copper Myst
A self confessed hippy, Amy began Copper Myst as a creative means to fund her travelling lifestyle. Creating her own handmade copper jewellery, through Electroforming, Copper Myst has now expanded into a treasure trove of all sorts of spiritual goodies, including, of course, crystals. With Reiki, homeware and healing at it heart, Copper Myst is an around holistic lifestyle jewellery brand.
Wandering Zingara jewellery by Francesca is lovingly hand made taking inspiration from anything Tribal and ethnic and creating pieces to adorn your inner goddess. Her shop is on Etsy and Facebook. She's a babe check out her instagram too, https://www.instagram.com/wandering_zingara/
17. M.E.R Silver
Mathilda Reekie of M.E.R. Silver is a one lady shop, a self-taught ladysmith, originally from Scotland, now based in Bristol. She has been inspired by the support that the hardship fund gained. “It is so beautiful and I plan to continue to help and donate in all the ways I can.’ Handcrafting unique jewellery using recycled silver for 3 years, her Instagram is @m.e.r.silver.
18. Simone Brewster
Simone Brewster is a London based artist, creating large scale statement structural furniture and objet d'art and jewellery. She holds a degree in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and an MA, Design Products from the Royal College of Art. Using this she seamlessly works across scales, from jewellery and furniture, and beyond. Her collections explore ‘intimate architectures’ - creating objects and spaces that utilise architectural principals throughout. Simone's work has been exhibited at the British Embassy during the London 2012 Olympic Games as an example of British Design Talent, The Royal College of Art 175 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, amongst many other domestic and international exhibitions. Brewster is regularly invited as a public speaker on contemporary design and educates on the potential applications of architectural principals across the scale and spectrum of three dimensional design.
19. Lou Magroos
Lou Magroos studied at the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery, and graduated with a First Class Honors Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2008. Since then she has completed various short courses to further my training and I am always learning through practice. The best part of being a silversmith is there is always more to learn, new skills to hone and new techniques to master. She is inspired by 1920’s Art Deco design, Geometric shapes, bold contrasts and sleek silhouettes are often found in my designs.
20. Jordanne Cliffe is a Contemporary Jewellery Designer Maker based in South West London.
Each piece of her jewellery is hand made in sterling silver, using 9 carat Rose Gold for details. Jordanne prides herself on attention to detail, so all pieces are finished to a high standard.
Jordanne also works part time for a social enterprise called Fine Cell Work, where she teaches embroidery and stitching to a small group of men at HMP Wandsworth and through their Open the Gate program with ex-prisoners in the Hub Workshop in Battersea.
21. Bonnie Doonan
Bonnie Doonan founded Studio Adorn in 2017. After travelling around the world, drawing inspiration from India to Australia, she then returned to her roots in Norwich and started making jewellery from her kitchen table. With a background in interior architecture, the combination of her two passions merged to make studio adorn what it is today. After the birth of her daughter Isla in 2017, the business has continued to grow from strength to strength. Winning design awards and being stocked globally, Studio Adorn moved from the kitchen table to its own studio in the heart of Norwich in 2019 with a collective of female creatives. Recently, the Studio Adorn team grew by two more, with Bonnie welcoming her son Sonny and first team member, Morgan.
22. Molly Ginnelly
Working from her studio in Fife, Molly has a keen eye for detail and a desire to achieve balance when it comes to designing and making her work.
Inspired by open structures, trees, leaves and a love for simplistic form, Molly has created a range of contemporary pieces from silver, gold and semiprecious stones. Using fragments of pattern, simple form and subtle finishes Mollys work is contemporary, beautiful and easy to wear.
23.V by Laura Vann
Inspired by jewellery that has survived the test of time, V was created in 2013 by British designer, Laura Vann. Encapsulating an ethos of longevity, V counters fast fashion with enduring Art Deco design. Each piece is made to last both in terms of a timeless aesthetic and sustainable origin; using recycled silver and ensuring ethical production through rigorous SMETA auditing.
Guided by over 20 years of experience from her family’s jewellery business, V has quickly evolved and is stocked by only the finest jewellers and fashion boutiques world-wide including Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and Fortnum & Mason.
24. Jwllry by Jade
Jade's journey began in 2014 with a vision of building a brand creating mindful and practical jewellery. Jade's first role as a workshop technician in 2015, led her to work in a number of bespoke workshops around Hertfordshire. Jwllry by Jade has featured in GLAMOUR magazine and showcased in pop stores and events in West and Central London. Jade's concept of 'easy to wear' jewellery encourages the individual to accessorise with essential, long-lasting pieces. Jade's work has been described as 'raw' and 'unique' as she often shares unedited images from her workshop. Most of the collections are available in 100% recycled Silver and Gold, incorporating ethically sourced Diamonds and Gemstones.
25. LAURA LEE JEWELLERY
Laura Lee’s eclectic mix of luxury jewellery allows the wearer to layer and combine precious metals & gemstones with signature antique coins & custom engravings however they wish - tying together Laura's passion for artefacts and natural materials as well as the very human need to adorn ourselves with precious mementos, that tell our story.
A note all jewellers mentioned in this post, please contact me if any details need changing, thanks x
This Musing was written to celebrate the events, and it is not endorsed or sponsored.
Check out my next to post to see the other 25 brands who gave their jewellery to support the UK Black Jeweller Hardship Fund.