A Unique Gift for a Special Occasion
Original Handmade Jewellery featuring beautiful beads & semi-precious stones from all over the world.
Each necklace and Bracelet is made by hand in the UK especially for you.
The special beads range from Venetian style & Crystal to Bohemian lampwork. Many of these handmade beads are trailed, foiled or decorated with goldstone relief.
Designer made Beaded Necklaces,Bracelets and Brooches
Semi-precious stones include Amethyst, Moonstone, Freshwater Pearls, Tiger eye, Rose Quartz, Garnet, Red Jasper & many others.
As each piece is designed & handmade individually they may vary slightly from the pictures. All are presented in a pretty fabric bag tied with ribbon and make a perfect gift or an indulgent treat.
Unusual Fashion Jewellery
'Mixed Stones' 'Onyx & Amethyst' 'Gypsy'
You can now buy my brooches - just click on the 'handmade brooches' on the left and see the choice of bronze or silver plated pins.
Take a look at my new brooches inspired by characters in the series of books 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins; each presented with its' own little story & presented in a beautiful little round box with a special design on the lid.
Brooches inspired by the 'Hunger Games'
A new series of very special Bracelets made from semi-precious stones and presented in little round boxes with a unique description for each month.
These will make a really unusual Birthday gift or memento of the Month.
Weddings & Special Occasions
I have now introduced a very special handmade 'Treasure Box' which is a small trunk - ideal for keeping all your mementos' together & safe.
I will decoupage the box to your own requirements, either using your own pictures & memorabilia, or using a theme.
This can make the most perfect Wedding present.
The box has a hinged lid, carry handles & brass lock & fittings; it makes a very unusual & unique bespoke gift.
The Handmade Jewellery can be made in the colour & style of your choice - perhaps a Necklace or Bracelet to match an outfit or even a matching boxed set.
As every piece is Handmade I am always willing to take special commissions or alter a necklace or bracelet to your own requirements.
Each individual piece of jewellery is completely made by hand, the necklaces and bracelets are threaded on quality 'tiger tail' or the strongest waxed thread and finished with a silver or gold plated clasp. they make an unusual gift or an indulgent treat; for a really unusual present I can make you a special handmade necklace or bracelet to your own requirements.
Handmade Jewellery from the Heart of the Peak District
For every item of Handmade Jewellery I use semi-precious stones and glass beads from various parts of the world. These include freshwater Pearls, Amethyst, Tiger Eye, Rose Quartz, Red Jasper and many other stones.
The styles of the beads are Venetian, Bohemian lamp work, foiled, trailed,
lustred, fire polished, mosaic, clusters of Indian silver bells, balls of filigree and other varieties, some decorated by hand using strands of molten glass and goldstone.
All the necklaces and bracelets are made carefully using either quality tiger tail or the strongest waxed thread and finished with a silver or gold plated clasp or screw fitting.
I am constantly striving to find the best components at the most competitive prices & occasionally manage to reduce my prices a little
A Brief History of Beads
The word ‘bead’ or ‘bede’ is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘biddan’ meaning to pray.
Since the earliest times, beads have been used for prayer, adornment and as a form of currency, or to show wealth – hence the name ‘trade beads’. African trade beads are now collected both for their beauty and historical value.
Glass beads are believed to have first appeared around 3000BC and by the time of the Roman Empire, were to be found throughout Europe and the far East.
The Romans perfected certain styles of beads which became highly prized. These were later refined during the Middle Ages by the Venetians who were leaders in the world of glass production. By the 19th Century a huge trade was taking place between Europe, Russia and North America with Africa. Thousands of tons of Venetian, Dutch and Bohemian glass beads were being exchanged for gold, ivory and even slaves.
Today the largest producers of glass beads are India, Czechoslovakia and Japan, though they are still made in Venice on the island of Murano.
TRADE In exchange for gold, ivory, palm oil, land and slaves
PRAYER Rosaries are strings of beads for counting prayers used by Roman Catholics, Hindus’ and Buddhists’.
WEALTH & STATUS Beads were worn to show wealth, especially in some African tribes, who also used them for dowries and to show marital status etc.
ADORNMENT From around the time of the 16th Century beads have been used in various styles of jewellery.
Every piece of jewellery is handmade by the designer in the UK
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