I am a Derbyshire-based jeweller working with silver, gold and an alloy of silver and copper called Shibuichi. My work is inspired largely by the processes I use to make each piece. I use my background as a chemist to experiment with different reaction types to achieve the effects I want to create. These include reticulation, acid etching, oxidisation and electrolytic gold plating. I use recycled metals and only source precious stones from countries that do not use child labour or impose poor working conditions.
Over the past two years my work has developed to increasingly reflect the global situation and conflict, and the impact of these on mental health. Many such pieces are still in various stages of development and not yet on this site. Please do visit my Instagram page to see work in progress and recently finished pieces.
Shibuichi is a Japanese copper alloy of 25% silver and 75% copper. It’s great to work with because it never reacts the same way to heat twice.
For the light-coloured ring pictured, after soldering the ring shank onto the main disc and then soldering 18ct gold bezel onto the right one for the black spinel stone, the metal had changed colour completely from copper coloured through to black to this lighter interesting colouration.
The darker pieces show how small changes to the process generate quite different colour patterns. Each piece is unique!
I love creating jewellery to my customer’s specification. Contact me if you’d like to discuss an idea or find out more.
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Sustainability & Ethics
All the raw materials for my jewellery are ethically sourced – particularly important for precious stones. I melt down and reuse leftover metals, sometimes using the water casting method to create new organic silver shapes. Non-recyclable elements are kept to a minimum, with a target of zero-waste.
All my work is hand-fabricated and uses no pre-built components. All you see is the end result of taking raw metal + stone + design + soldering, welding, oxidising, hammering, drilling, polishing, more polishing and yet more polishing!