Monday, 11 March 2013

Magical Folk Secrets.....

Honeybourne Jewellery is TEN years old this spring!! And to celebrate, I've been busy designing and making a collection of ten limited edition charms inspired by all things folk. These are the first glimpses of the secret line up.....

Aubrey's Cottage

 I've accidentally made our dream house! If only I could work out how to make this in grown-up size. Loved making the open windows and fascia boards! Oxidised solid silver made using only wire, sheet and granulation.

Fly agaric Mushroom

Formed solid silver with frond detail. I'm planning on setting some beautiful precious stones in place of the spots to add a little colour and sparkle.

I've already pinched this group purely to road test them of course!

My son Rex inspired me to create a modern interpretation of the Victorian locket. I've always loved the Japanese packaging book; "How to Wrap Five Eggs" in which they detail how the Japanese still use natural materials in their simple yet beautiful design to package objects. 
Stamped on to the outside of the box are Rex's initials and date of birth. The inside 'draw' compartment, is made using a simple 'origami' type construction, which encases a lock of Rex's hair. Both pieces are bound together with fine silver wire, made to look like twine.
Will post as soon as they are available to buy in our boutique...



Monday, 4 March 2013

Busy Winter Bees!

We've been holed up in our studio all comfy & cozy (thanks to our brand new kiln belting out the heat!) working on some beautiful pieces........

T'is the season of romance!
 I've been working on a record number of wedding and engagement ring commissions this past couple of months... Here are some of our faves..

Work in progress.. 

This silver and 18ct gold ring set with Emeralds is phase no.1. The client and I have worked closely together to create her dream combined wedding and engagement rings. The lovely lady in question brought in some inherited diamonds which I will use in the final piece.... Watch this space for the final phase!

 Gold pod engagement ring.. 

A lovely young couple wanted a nature inspired Honeybourne design ring to suit their natural coloured diamond. This final piece was made in solid 9ct white gold which complimented the tones of the diamond beautifully.

More silver mock-ups..

Having re-searched our Blog, a couple combined two designs that had caught their eye. They wanted the engagement and wedding bands to look like one piece. Above and below show similar ideas but in different weighted metals for them to choose from. The final piece will incorporate their own inherited diamond.

Vintage Honeybourne...
I was asked to re-make this Honeybourne classic in oxidised silver with 18ct gold granualtion. It's been a while since I've made anything from this collection but it inspired me to delve in to the vault further and I've been re-discovering and re-working some treasures which will be available in the shop shortly.  

Talking of classics, this 18ct white gold with diamond Strand engagement ring and wedding band were brought in for re-sizing. They brought back all sorts of memories as they were one of my first big commissions way back in my Theodosia days (around 10 years ago phew!).  

 White Opal ring

Bought as a gift, a lady wanted this beautiful opal set in to a chunky band. I was able to use an old 9ct gold ring of hers to create the setting. We chose this design as she wanted to add more additions to the ring, creating a stacking effect at a later date.

That's all for now, many more to come!!