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With regular updates about new designs, events, and exhibitions, as well as explanations and musings from the workshop, this page will keep you in touch with all the latest about Jon Dibben.

Garnet for January

Posted by Hannah - 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!

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The Gold Grasspod pendant

Posted by Hannah - 16 December 2016

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Our Christmas Opening hours!

Posted by Hannah - 15 December 2016

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Tanzanite for December

Posted by Hannah - 01 November 2016

December has three stones (just spoilt!) - zircon, turquoise and our favourite, tanzanite!

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Topaz and citrine for November

Posted by Hannah - 01 November 2016

November also has two birthstones, (lucky November!) Citrine and Topaz.

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Tourmaline for October

Posted by Hannah - 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).

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Sapphire for September

Posted by Hannah - 19 September 2016

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Kim's silver bangle

Posted by Hannah - 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

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A Round up of Chris's In the Loupe films

Posted by Hannah - 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.

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Tourmaline Kiss ring

Posted by Hannah - 31 August 2016

I've been finishing off the setting process of this 18ct Fairtrade white gold 'Kiss' ring, with a rather enchanting buff-top blue-green tourmaline. Having pushed the metal edge over the stone, the video shows the bits where I'm filing an even surface around the stone, then cutting a bright edge with a sharp, polished flat scorper. Touching the stone and scratching it is easily done, but generally frowned on. Paul's going to put it somewhere tempting in the window later this morning... ttfn Chris #intheloupe #fairtrade#tourmaline #jondibben

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