What materials do you use to make your Jewellery?
I have made a conscious decision to only use solid Gold and Silver metals for environmental reasons. This is because solid metals can always be reused and recycled. Where possible, I use recycled materials in my work. I also use conflict free gemstones that are apart of the Kimberly process. The Kimberley Process (KP) is a commitment to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain. Today, participants actively prevent 99.8% of the worldwide trade.
Can a piece be made with White gold?
When using white gold most of the time it is plated in Rhodium. To my knowledge, this Plating process involves the use of cyanide or other toxic chemicals. Although these can be neutralized, in practice there is still a considerable negative environmental impact. As it has no long-lasting value to the appearance of jewellery, plating is essentially superfluous. To produce and use chemicals for such a purpose seems futile considering the negative impact it has on the environment . In my opinion, natural materials age far better than those which have been covered up and altered by man. To Rhodium plate gold means regular visits to the jewellers to have the piece re-plated, this is recommended every 1-2 years and for jewellery pieces that are worn often every 3 months to a year.
Do you do commissions?
As most of the Jewellery I make is made to order, this process takes all of my time in the studio so unfortunately I don’t have enough time to do specific commissions.
Can you make a piece of jewellery from my own seaglass collection?
I sure can! preferably a nice flat, thin piece would be easier for me to work with and shape. It doesn’t have to be a particular size as most pieces I can use. I use small pieces and shape them or cut shapes from a bigger piece. The reason I ask for thin pieces is because my prices include the labor it takes to shape the seaglass, if the piece is thicker it takes me longer to sand and therefore I’d have to charge a little extra. I also find the colour of the seaglass can change more when using thicker pieces, the more that’s sanded away the lighter it becomes so sometimes a nice deep colour can be lost.
What is my ring size and how can I measure it?
In the UK ring sizes are measured alphabetically from A-Z. I normally send a free ring sizer once a ring order has been placed to help you find your correct ring size. If you no longer need the ring sizer you can post it back to me in a envelope to reuse.
A few tips on getting the size right...
• Finger sizes can change through the day. I recommend taking a few measurements during the day to find the most comfortable fit overall.
• When two sizes seem to fit always go with the larger one.
Some of us have bigger, more prominent knuckles than others, and men tend to have bigger knuckles than women. It helps to measure the base of your finger (at the palm end) and the knuckle separately, then pick a suitable size somewhere in between the two.
I like a ring on your site but it’s not my size, can it be altered?
I can resize any of the rings that are made from just solid metals, however, if it includes seaglass I would be able to make the ring slightly bigger but not smaller as this process will damage the seaglass.
Will my jewellery tarnish?
While tarnishing is a natural process that cannot be prevented, it can be slowed down, but you will still need to clean the tarnished layer at some point. This is why I provide a complimentary cleaning cloth with some my pieces. Please see my jewellery care page for more info on how to prevent and clean tarnish.
Tarnishing can be accelerated by contact with tap water (because it contains chlorine), hand sanitizer, a number of foods (e.g., salad dressings), your perfume and hair spray, and even wool.