03 January 2017
If you’re born in January (like me) you're lucky enough to have garnet as your birthstone. It’s a semi-precious gem and on the Mohs hardness scale it measures 7 - 7 1/2. So unfortunately it's not quite hard enough for everyday wear, but still beautiful and treasured and excellent for occasional or coktail rings!
01 November 2016
December has three stones (just spoilt!) - zircon, turquoise and our favourite, tanzanite!
01 November 2016
November also has two birthstones, (lucky November!) Citrine and Topaz.
01 October 2016
Technically October has two birthstones Opal and Tourmaline but we’ll be mainly focusing on the Tourmaline. Tourmalines are classed as semi-precious and measure 7 ½ on the mohs hardness scale (so not ideal for everyday wear). Tourmalines come in a myriad of different colours and can also be bi-coloured like Watermelon tourmaline (green and pink).
08 September 2016
As many of you know, we aren't currently offering commission work in silver, we just don't have enough man hours (or Chris hours!) in the workshop to do everything we're asked for. But friends and family have been known to get round Jon, especially Kim, his very first girlfriend, literally the girl next door! He recently made her this silver bangle, for her 50th, which Jon says makes him feel old! I think that actually makes him old and I'd like to see him try jumping over the garden wall to Kim now! atb Vicki
31 August 2016
Chris, goldsmith and general raconteur, has been documenting some of the processes from his day to day workshop life. Here is a round up of some of his films, hope you enjoy them.