Saturday, 29 October 2011


This week a customer commissioned her heart's desire in the form of this bold daisy brooch which has a striking yellow centre. In the flesh (or the metal more appropriately), at the size of an old penny, the piece is stunning. The oxidised silver shines through, highlighting the beautiful amber stone.

I also made a version of the daisy on a pendant for the shop- both can be seen below:

The next customer wanting a special commission was a lady priest-in-training. I love making these pretty pendants, and the crucifix the customer requested was finished with a chunky silver set carrying a sparkly three point diamond on a 'barley corn' chain.

Part of the pack...
A quirkier piece is next in line with a commission made especially for a wolf lover. This stylised pendant is made up by layering silver and would be perfect to layer with animal or silhouette prints. Finished off with an oxidised silver snake chain it could definitely initiate a wolf lover into the pack!

One last thing before I forget! I hear you all asking when Honeybourne Jewellery is getting into the full Christmas swing? Well, with these new pieces for Winter, the search for seasonal luxe is certainly in motion. Take a peek and start making your wish lists!

These pictures by Annie Leonard show off the new colours for winter. The collection was created in silver and granulation with gold leaf, and we can't wait for what christmas will bring!

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

October diary

Hello fabulous customers and jewellery lovers, Raff and I are working flat out for the Dazzle shows in London and Manchester so I'm just writing this post to show you the commissions that have got me excited this month...let's get down to business!

(Dazzle, began in 1981 and 'there are currently four events per year showing a wide variety of hand crafted work. Prices range from the modest to the luxurious.' Dazzle's most recent venture is an online selling website, featuring a wide selection of Dazzle jewellers. To find out more about Dazzle visit:

I first took in an old engagement ring along with the customer's old eternity ring. With these I made the customer a silver mock-up following her initial design consultation.

 The final piece (below) can be seen in silver- so sparkly the magpies would be proud!

This piece is made entirely from recycled gold and diamond- I hammered an old wedding ring into shape and the diamond was cleaned after being removed from an old setting. The new setting was made using an old shank, and the pod was crafted using everything else!

Next I had the delightful task of making a gift for a bride and groom. The customer adored the doorplates (see exhibition post in August) but wanted a more personal gift. The result was a box framed solid silver scene entitled 'Love Birds'. The scene incorporates personalised text with the names of the bride and groom next to the wedding date. I enjoyed making it so much that I made another for the shop!

Simple, beautiful wedding bands that guide the eye around the silky form of an infinite entity. In 18ct yellow gold and 9ct white gold. 

A gift for a surfer. Seeing as my husband seems to collect surfboards these days, I had a lot of points of reference in the hallway to choose from! I chose a single fin and made the customer's initials to look like the maker's logo on the back of the board. Finished in oxidised silver.

Last, a surprise engagement ring. The customer helped to design this one-off piece in 9ct yellow gold, white gold setting the diamond, pink sapphires and rubies...guess what? She said yes! Well done him, it takes a brave man to take the plunge, and an even braver man to design the ring! Perfection.

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Honeybourne News- 17th September 2011

First up, a commission for a lovely mum and her two daughters, they brought in an old ring which had just three of its diamonds left (the others lost). The first daughter helped me to design this band (shown bottom) in 9ct white gold and constructed with an organic aesthetic. The other daughter and their mum are planning their trip to Honeybourne Jewellery watch this space!

 'Money clips' are back by popular demand! These giant paper clip style money clips are handmade in solid silver and can be stamped with your initials. These charming pieces would be a great male gift idea!

'Pieces of Eight' earrings to match a pendant the customer had bought from me previously at The Loved Ones exhibition. Solid silver stamped coins on heavy hammered pebble shaped earrings.

 A solid silver tie pin for a ski lover's 60th birthday- Bon Anniversaire!

This charm necklace was a real joy to work on, a lovely commission ordered for a sister who loves snowboarding, champagne and Harry Potter! Each delicate charm represents one of her interests:

On the back of the handmade chain there are four colours to represent the colours of the family birthstones.

This next commission is not only intriguing for its cute daisy design, but the matching silver and 18ct gold ring and pendant are on their way to Utah, USA! 

Silver with Blue Topaz and Aquamarine for a mum, each stone represents a member of their family.

The stacking rings ordered inspired me to make some examples for the shop in silver. I used solid opals, a really beautiful stone full of colour and designed to be worn on their own or as a group. 

Everything heart related seems to fly out of the shop at the moment so I've created some slightly different designs with a romantic flutter this week:

Happy shopping! Love Sophie 

Saturday, 3 September 2011

September update

Hello once again, lovely readers! 
September on the delightful Isle of Wight has fast approached and there's still as much activity as ever as we await the leaves to brown and the warm autumn enamels to make an appearance. Here at the boutique the summer has been a great success, thriving from the afterglow of The Loved Ones exhibition and enjoying the vibrancy of other arts events in the town throughout July and August. So now, enough with the scene setting- it's time for some Jewellery talk!

Male baby christening presents are a real tough one for me. Our silver bookmarks are a great offering but after putting the Honeybourne thinking cap on I suggested this cute idea. I used one of my solid silver keys which included the baby's initials stamped on the front and back, with a silver 'gift tag' attached, which encompassed the date of the christening day. Small, simple, and beautiful- just like the babe!

I've been working on a variety of gold and diamond wedding and engaement rings for the shop. This piece has three seperate rings in 9ct yellow gold (bands) with 9ct white gold (settings). The diamonds used in the design are three different sizes.

Another one off piece for the shop, which as it happens has been sold already, a record of just two days in the cabinet! This pendant is made from hammered silver with fresh water pearl surrounded by solid 9ct gold hammered beads. Don't worry that this one has already flown of the shelf, as there are lots more one off pieces on the bench ready soon...

This next gem is a customer commission, unfortunately I forgot to take a before shot (very unusual for me!) but the customer brought in two rings for me to work with. The first was an old chunky wedding band, I used half of this and re-worked it into a finer wedding band. The other half of the customer's ring was used for the shank of the ring. The second ring the customer provided was an uninspiring design that encompassed three beautiful diamonds which are central in the pods and settings, which are also entirely made from the old rings!

Here we have a mock up in silver and citrine for a customer who is bringing in eight (yes,eight!) inherited diamonds for me to work with. She wanted a cluster feel but with a more contemporary design- watch this space for the final piece!

A strand and pod ring set with the customer's birthstone, Ruby. 

A lovely young couple ordered wedding bands this week and as they wanted different coloured golds, I put a slice from each other's bands into their partner's. A sweet romantic notion in solid 9ct yellow and white gold. 

So that's all the makes for this week, but I've also noticed some lovely reviews for our ever popular bookmarks that we sell on '' are some examples:

"Engraved item was sent out same day as order ... amazing service and lovely product"

"This made a beautiful gift. It is nice and thin but still sturdy, so practical as well as special!"

 And five stars for us!
(20 customer reviews)"
See more and buy your own here.

Now one last thing, just a note to say that I think fab photographer Christopher Jones deserves some recognition as he took some lovely photos of the Loved Ones exhibition. Chris is a a self taught artist and photographer living in Ventnor, who's main artery and impetus has been a innate curiosity for the unseen. He has a solo exhibition at the wonderful Rope Store gallery at the Quay Arts in Newport, Isle of Wight on the
13th September throught to the 7th November 2011- so go and check it out! More details about Chris and the exhibition, his work and influences can be found here on his blog. Below are a couple of the pictures from the exhibition by Chris, click here to read his review and view all the images.

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