Restore, Recycle, Revamp – A new lease of life for your jewellery

Turquoise and Pyrite Necklace

“Restore, Recycle, Revamp – don’t throw away those broken necklaces or bracelets!”

Most of us at some time or other have broken a favourite piece of jewellery or it’s broken while wearing it.  Sometimes the beads in the necklace or bracelet have, for no obvious reason, just decided to set themselves free and all the beads and other bits and pieces have scattered around you all over the place.

Necklaces and bracelets break for a variety of reasons, but it’s usually that some, or perhaps only one of the beads (especially glass and crystal ones) have a rough edge inside and has slowly been rubbing away at the cord, thread or wire they are strung on, resulting in the cascade of beads and things all over the floor and down our tops, which is then followed by the embarrassing scramble to pick up all the pieces!

I only use a high quality bead stringing wire for my strung necklaces and bracelets, which has an average 18kg or 40lbs breaking strain and so hopefully that will never happen to one of my designs!  However nothing is 100% guaranteed not to break,  so I do recommend having necklaces and bracelets re-strung every year if it’s a piece that you wear regularly, or every couple of years if it’s worn only occasionally.   (Please contact me if you have anything you would like re-strung).

Many of my clients have come to me with similar stories, perhaps  they have a favourite necklace which they bought years ago, maybe costume jewellery which was inexpensive, or something with sentimental value, but still stunning to look at and lovely to wear and the necklace broke, and because they loved it so much they kept all the beads and bits and pieces in a box, not really knowing what to do it, and because as it wasn’t a very expensive piece of jewellery, and not made with precious metals or gemstones, then thought it unlikely that a high street jeweller would be able to fix it.  I have fixed up many of these over the years, and most of them had lots of beads and bit and pieces missing which I have managed to revamp by incorporating beads and gemstones from my supply.

Some of my clients have presented me with bits of broken jewellery from several pieces they have broken and kept hold of – “what can you do with that?” they have asked. Well I do enjoy a challenge!  I have been able to put life back into their old pieces and created sets of matching earrings, bracelets and necklaces from several tired or broken pieces of jewellery.

When my Grandma died several years ago, I inherited an old cardboard box containing her jewellery.  As a child she would sit with me and let me go through her jewellery boxes and play with it.  I loved it, and being allowed to dress up and wear her beads and pearls is a treasured memory of my holiday times with my Grandma. All of the jewellery in the box was inexpensive costume jewellery (sadly no diamonds or real pearls!), lots of it was broken and in pieces but she’d obviously loved it, she always wore beads and she never threw anything away!

That box of her old jewellery gave me ideas and the inspiration to start making my own designs from old and broken pieces of jewellery, and I’m sure Grandma would be pleased to know that I’ve brought back to life and wear bits of her stuff, that she probably bought in Woolworths in the 1950s.

From recycling my Grandma’s old jewellery I became interested in vintage jewellery. I now buy many vintage beads, pendants, charms and pieces of chain. I love to re-work these old pieces and mix them with new components and gemstone beads and the contemporary look mixed with the vintage element has proved to be a success as the pieces are one-off and unique.

So don’t throw your broken jewellery away, if it was something you love then perhaps I can bring it back to life for you. Restore, Recycle, Revamp, and “waste not want not” as my Grandma used to say.

Picture: Turquoise necklace made from one of my Gran’s old broken clip-on earrings.  I used the earring as a pendant and strung Turquoise and Pyrite beads around it.

Rock crystal - Quartz

Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April

Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April, Kathryn Cooper Jewellery.

Getting crystal clear on why you need quartz in your jewellery collection

Diamond and quartz crystal – Birthstones for April: April has two birthstones, diamond and quartz crystal – for this blog I’m going to focus on the quartz, as it’s so popular and comes in so many varieties that I’m sure most of you will already have some in your collection. I know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’m going to make the case for quartz too!

Quartz is a power stone, and is called the ‘universal crystal’ because of its many uses. So I think if you were only allowed one gemstone ever, this would be the one to have, because there’s so many things that it can do, heal, protect against, strengthen, enhance…you get the idea.

The quartz family is the largest in the gemstone world, and as such, there are stones that some confuse as being separate gems in their own right, but they are in fact, still officially classed as being quartz. amethyst, citrine and onyx are typical examples of this.

The name comes from the Greek, ‘krystallos’, meaning ice. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that quartz was in fact ice that had been made by the gods because it couldn’t melt.

Quartz crystals are said to receive, activate, store, transmit and amplify energy, and because of this, they enhance the qualities of other gemstones, which is why they are often paired together with other stones when making jewellery.

It’s a happy-go-lucky stone – it promotes hope, happiness and optimism and brings harmony to the soul. It’s also said to enhance the flow of positive thoughts and feelings and believed to clear blockages, and balance spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s like the Mr Happy of the gemstone world!

In terms of health properties, quartz is like Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, it’s a master healer that can be used for any and all conditions. Specifically, it’s a great stimulant of the immune system, and it cleanses and enhances all organs. In addition, it’s believed to ease arthritis and bone injuries and is also used to treat chronic fatigue, depression and intestinal troubles.

So there you have it! It really is the bread and butter of the gemstone world. Not only that, it’s gorgeous to boot! There’s lots to choose from on my site, and for an extra special option, I have some pieces made with rainbow quartz, which looks like oil on water, a beautiful shimmering effect.

Oh, and there’s plenty of pieces with Swarovski crystals incorporated too, so a bit like diamonds as an alternative birthstone option, who needs an excuse to wear a bit of sparkly bling on a daily basis!

And as always, if you don’t see anything you like, please get in touch for a bespoke option, I have some lovely quartz pieces in my collection.

Click here for Quartz jewellery.

Quartz Crystal & Black Onyx Sterling Silver Necklace

Quartz Crystal & Black Onyx Sterling Silver Necklace

 

Rainbow Quartz, Black Onyx & Sterling Silver Bracelet

Rainbow Quartz, Black Onyx & Sterling Silver Bracelet

 

Aquamarine Silver Necklace

Aquamarine, Birthstone for March

Aquamarine Gemstone Properties

Aquamarine Birthstone for March

Marina, Aqua Marina…

Aquamarine, Birthstone for March: Aquamarine, the gemstone of the sea – its name derives from the Latin ‘aquamarinus’ meaning ‘water of the sea’, due to its beautiful pale blue colour of the ocean. It’s the blue variety of Beryl (the green version is emerald), and can vary in all different shades of blue, as does the sea. It truly is one the most alluring gemstones, and women have been clamouring to have it in their jewellery collection for centuries.

It’s believed to be the treasure of the mermaids (no wonder the love interest in Stingray was called Aqua Marina…) and is generally associated with all aspects of the sea. Sailors used to carry it as they believed it protected them against all the dangers of the sea, as well as alleviating against symptoms of seasickness. It’s generally a good stone for all travellers to have with them.

The properties of the sea are also reflected in the properties of aquamarine. Think about the waves lulling, the ebb and flow of the tide, and you won’t be surprised to learn that aquamarine calms, soothes, cleanses, and inspires trust, truth and letting go. Also as the tides are affected by the moon, so too is the gemstone, and its power increases with the rise of the moon.

It’s a stone which is often given as a token of love and affection as it is said to increase commitment and fidelity, so could even be the ‘blue’ as part of a ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ at a wedding, as it’s said to guarantee a long and happy marriage.

Aquamarine is associated with the throat chakra, so will relieve nerve pain, glandular problems, toothaches and disorders of the neck, jaw and throat. Not only that, for all my fellow entrepreneurs, this is a great one for you. Because of its association with the throat, it helps to overcome any fear of speaking, so make sure you have some with you if you have an important presentation to give.

It’s a stone of self-realisation, allowing us to see within ourselves, come to terms with our emotions, and opening communication (that throat chakra again!), so it’s a good one to have with you if you’re looking to heal, are grieving or coming to terms with a situation. It helps to manage change and uncertainty by bringing in those relaxing properties, helping you to deal with any negative feelings or emotional baggage. So a great one for spring cleaning your emotions.

I’ve got a few creations for you to look throug,  click here if you want to have some aquamarine in your life, alternatively, please do get in contact if you’d like me to make something specific as I have some lovely gem stones in stock just waiting to be made into something fabulous!

And for anyone that may already have some aquamarine, try to keep it out of the sun when you’re not wearing it, as too much sunlight will cause the colour to pale, which would be such a shame, so look after it!

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MOTHERS DAY JEWELLERY

Give Her Jewellery for Mother’s Day!

 “Your mother – the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

Give Her Jewellery for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is the day where children say thank you for everything their mum has done for them (although really, you shouldn’t just wait for Mother’s Day to say thank you to your mum, she’s awesome, tell her that every day!)

The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to ancient Greece in honour of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In the 17th century, we celebrated Mothering Sunday on the 4th Sunday of Lent to honour mothers. On this day, servants were given the day off and encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake called the mothering cake, was often taken home together with a posy of flowers. Now, Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 100 countries (albeit on different days of the year).

As Mother’s Day is soon upon us, you may be wondering what you can possibly buy for your mum to truly represent your gratitude for the sacrifices she’s made for you, and to show her how much you love her. Well, a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates just doesn’t cut it on this occasion, how about something that lasts a lifetime, and is personal to your mum?

Yep, you’ve guessed it, a piece of bespoke jewellery really would hit the mark! Something you’ve created yourself with your mum in mind. I can’t imagine a single mum that wouldn’t be thrilled with that. So, if you’re thinking about designing a bracelet or necklace, or are looking for a ready-made piece which best tells her you love her, I’ve selected a few gemstones below which I feel best represent motherly love:
Rose quartz – a gentle and loving stone.
Turquoise – for keeping me safe and protecting me from any harm.
Moonstone – for encouraging me to believe in myself and my own judgement.
Coral – for the essence of life you gave me, and for teaching me how to live it.
Ruby – symbolising the divine love you have for me, and for helping me to see the true nature of love.

Hopefully, that’s some good ideas to help you choose that special piece of jewellery for Mother’s Day (now I’ve convinced you that it’s a good idea, and face it, you were looking for something that wasn’t flowers and chocolate, right?) If you’d like any advice or want to discuss some thoughts with me, then you can get in contact with me here; I’m more than happy to help you create the perfect present.

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Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for February

Amethyst is the birthstone for February (and the gemstone for the sixth wedding anniversary.)

If you’re a February baby, then you’re not only born into the month of love, but you’ve got one of the most popular and highly valued stones of the quartz group to your name.

Its name comes from the Greek ‘methustos’ meaning intoxicated (!), which is why it is known as the ‘sobriety stone’ as it was believed that it would prevent drunkenness (all those people that gave up alcohol for January, this one was a good one to help you stay away from the wine!), as well as any other addictions or obsessions, so a good one to slay those demons (and keep me away from that chocolate cake).

The amethyst is a beautiful transparent purple quartz, although the colours do range from a pale lilac to a deep purple. If you’re in possession of a reddish purple hue, then you’re in luck, as this shade is the most valuable. You can also find green amethysts, also known as Prasiolite. These little beauties have the same properties as purple amethyst, with the addition that they increase a sense of compassion and self-love. So perfect to treat yourself to, and I do have some stunning green ones available for commission pieces, so contact me if you would like something bespoke.

One of the reasons why amethyst is so popular is that it covers all bases where gemstones are concerned. It’s a stone with one of the widest range of powers, so you can’t go far wrong with this one. It’s known as a stone of the mind and creates clarity of thought; Leonardo Da Vinci was a fan, he thought it could dispel evil thoughts and increase intelligence (it obviously worked for him).

In addition, it’s a meditative and calming stone, providing balance, patience and peace. I’ve read that it has a gently sedative energy, which is a great way to describe its powers to provide contentment and emotional stability. So it can also be used at times of stress or grief, as it will help to heal.

It is thought to increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds, so along with my turquoise, I’m going to have it to hand when I choose my Lottery numbers!

So, if you’re going to get only one gemstone, then I would recommend this is the one to get. Not only is it really pretty, its all-purpose properties make it very desirable. So head on over to my shop, I’ve added some new amethyst creations for you to have a browse. If you can’t see anything you like, let me know, and we can come up with something together.  Click here for Amethyst Jewellery

Amethyst, February Birthstone:

 

Garnet Pyrope

Garnet, January’s Birthstone

Garnet, January’s Birthstone

 

You’d think that garnet, January’s birthstone would be something white or colourless, to reflect the wintery, snowy weather, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Those with a New Year birthday are blessed with garnet as their stone; its name is derived from the Latin ‘granatum’, meaning pomegranate, because the stone represents the deep red seeds of the fruit.

It’s one of my favourites, which is just as well, as it’s also my birthstone. Although most commonly seen in red, garnet does in fact refer to a group of minerals that exist in a rainbow of colours – from black and blue to the rarer green and colourless variations.

In ancient and medieval times, garnets were worn to enhance strength, endurance and vigour, which is why warriors wore them during conflicts, both to encourage victory and protect against injuries.

As you can imagine, the vibrant red of the garnet had a strong link to blood, so the properties of the garnet include remedies for haemorrhages, regulation of the heart and other blood disorders.

By that nature, red garnet also represents love (why isn’t this February’s birthstone?!) loyalty, devotion and trust. In fact, it’s summed up perfectly by this verse that I found:

“Her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

Representing love and friendship, but also sexual and sensual energy, it’s kind of the ancient version of Viagra (!), but more than that, it inspires faithfulness, monogamy and commitment (it really should be February’s birthstone!)

So, not only a gift for a January birthday, but in general, perfect for a friend or lover, its message says far more than words could ever. It’s also a lovely present for someone that’s going to pastures new, perhaps to university, moving to a new city or a new job, it is also believed to help encourage friendships too.

I was surprised to read that garnet is believed to be extremely beneficial to those in business. If you wear garnet, the properties of the stone cause people to be attracted to you (singletons, take note…) which can be really useful for drawing in customers, especially if your business is one which is people-oriented, and definitely one for those who frequent the networking circuit! Also, taking into account the strength giving properties I mentioned earlier, one to help when overcoming the trials and tribulations of working life.

So all in all, it’s a pretty good stone to have as part of your jewellery collection, passion, energy, love and friendship, what’s not to like about it? Its beautiful deep colour will instantly attract attention and can really bring a necklace, bracelet or ring to life.

I’ve got some lovely pieces in my collection and some are online for you to browse through, but as always, get in touch if you’ve got your own idea in mind. And although it’s January’s birthstone, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, with all those associations with love and friendship, what could be more perfect for a gift for your loved one?       Click here for Garnet Jewellery 

Garnet, January's Birthstone

Garnet, January’s Birthstone

Rose Quartz Heart Earrings

Gemstones of Love for Valentine’s Day

Gemstones of Love for Valentine’s Day

Garnet, moonstone and rose quartz are definitely a girl’s best friend when it comes to jewellery (and a Valentine’s gift)

This blog is directed towards those men that are beginning to get in a bit of a panic – the Christmas cards have long been replaced by the bright red hearts of Valentine’s Day, and you know that it’s only a matter of days before you have to surprise your other half with something special.

Now, I’m going to give you all a bit of a tip – you don’t have to resort to flowers and chocolate; I’ll teach you how to get brownie points by picking a gift that has meaning behind it, and looks like you’ve been researching for hours.

Imagine the scenario – you give your beloved a piece of jewellery made just for her – you’ve chosen the stones because of their romantic significance, and you can tell her all about what they mean. If that was me, I think I’d fall off the chair I would be so impressed! (and even better, it won’t cost you thousands).

So, gentlemen, here’s your whistlestop tour of gemstones that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, take note!

Garnet – you can read January’s blog post  for an in-depth look into the properties of garnet, but in a nutshell, red garnet represents love, loyalty, devotion and trust. Having it near you will inspire faithfulness, monogamy and commitment. But it’ll also get the fires going, with its links to sexual and sensual energy, one spicy Valentine’s night in store!

Moonstone – is the stone of love, eroticism and also fertility, and is associated with the goddess of the moon, Diana. If you give your lover a piece of jewellery with moonstone in it at the time of a full moon, then you will always be passionate with each other. Plus it can help to reunite lovers who have quarrelled (so perfect if you’ve been in the doghouse for not doing the washing up…)

Rose quartz – the stone of unconditional love. The stone that represents the love in a marriage (use it to propose?). It has a calming influence and makes things right when it comes to matters of love, so you’ll feel more at peace with your love if you wear this gemstone. It’s a stone which makes you feel and look younger, and will do the same for your relationship.

Lapis Lazuli – the Romans believed that lapis lazuli was a powerful aphrodisiac. It is associated with spiritual love, and known for enhancing love and fidelity within a marriage. It’s also the stone of royalty, so how better to tell her that she’s like a princess to you?!

Sapphire – traditionally blue, but sapphires come in a range of colours from
colourless and black, pink and purple, orange, yellow and green. Pink sapphires are most associated with love, they are believed to stimulate emotions and encourage love. It helps with release from the past and acceptance, and also strengthens the heart.

So, there you have it. Plenty of choice and information at your fingertips to make this year’s Valentine’s present a lot more interesting.

I’ve got some ready-made items in my stock, some of which have been posted online if you want to have a browse, but if you want to go the whole hog, I can make something which is individual to you, so perhaps a combination of one or all of the gemstones above (kind of an insurance if you’ve got more than one gemstone in there, right?!)

Do get in contact soon, and hopefully, I’ll give you a present to remember!

Lapis Lazuli Sterling Silver Earrings

Lapis Lazuli Heart,  Sterling Silver Earrings, to buy click here

An award and stuck for words, another first for me!

KITA 2015

An award and stuck for words, another first for me!

This year’s Kent Independent Traders Awards took place last week, and much to my surprise I won Creative (non-digital) Business of the Year, and I’m thrilled!

I was in one of the most popular categories, which had over 50 entries, and there were 8 finalists, some of whom were my very good friends and fellow Metis Women – I honestly didn’t think I had a chance!

Thank you so much to the lovely and extremely talented artist, CJ Munn from Rockabelly Lifecasts and Master and Munn) for my nomination, (who also was a winner in the Customer Service category).
I don’t think I’ve come down from my cloud nine yet!

Overall, it was a fantastic night, and I was even more thrilled to see so many of my designs in the room (including the host Hilary Steel, editor of Kent Women in Business magazine), it made it even more special.

I was presented the award by the fabulous Deborah Turner of You Image Consultancy, whose lovely bracelet got stuck to my dress as she hugged me when I got up onto the stage! I wasn’t really trying to nick her jewellery!

I’ve never been stuck for words before, I was in shock, standing on a stage in front of about 150 people clutching my award and I had no idea what to say – of course I hadn’t prepared a winner speech. I still can’t remember what I said, it was a few garbled “thank yous” and that was it! I remember last year, when I was runner-up for this same award, I had lots of ideas in my head of what to say if I had won, but this time, shock took over and my head was blank – and maybe the Champagne and Zinfandel Rose might have played a part in it too!

This award is the icing on the cake, topping off a really fantastic and exciting year for me. The past few months I’ve been going through a bit of a re-brand, and I’ve got a brand spanking new website to match Kathryn Cooper Jewellery,  which I am delighted with. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to have a look around.

I’ve also been working in the background on a fantastic collaboration with a company called The Able Label www.theablelabel.com which provides quality, stylish clothes with adapted designs and hidden extras to make self-dressing easier for those that don’t find it easy. A fantastic place for people to go that want to look great, and not have to worry about how to dress or undress themselves. And what does every woman need with a stylish outfit? Some stunning accessories, of course!  More on this in my next blog after the launch next week. Watch this space for the big reveal!

Now the nights are beginning to draw in too, and Christmas isn’t too far away, so the orders are beginning to roll in. I’m already taking orders for Christmas, so if you do have something in mind that you’d like designing to go with your Christmas party outfit, or for a gift for a friend or family member, please don’t wait, I don’t want you to be disappointed.

I’m also taking bookings for private jewellery parties in the run up to Christmas. Parties are a great way to do your Christmas shopping in the comfort of your own home (or workplace) and with your friend and family. I am also offering a £40 hostess voucher if you book and host a party before the end of November (as well as the usual hostess commission and discounts). Please contact me  ASAP to make a booking and take advantage of this offer.

I just want to end by saying thank you to every one of my customers, I really wouldn’t have won this award without you all, you make it such a pleasure, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t keep creating for you all!

Keep an eye out for my next blog with the launch of my new range!
Thanks
Kathryn x

Kathryn can CJ Munn, KITA Winners 2015

Kathryn Cooper  and  CJ Munn, KITA Winners 2015

Statement Jewellery Oscars

Oscars and The Theory of Every Ring – how to create that celebrity look with statement jewellery

 

Oscars and The Theory of Every Ring – how to create that celebrity look with statement jewellery

Oscars jewellery: Sunday saw the biggest event in the Hollywood calendar – the Oscars. Months and months of preparation go into dress designing, shoes, hair and make-up, not to mention the thousands of carats of jewellery on show. Fashionistas all over the world scrutinise and pick apart each celebrity’s outfit, and this year was no exception.

For those of us that don’t have the luxury of having free designer dresses and jewellery practically thrown at us, how can we create that glamourous celebrity look for the upcoming awards season?

One big trend that was evident on the red carpet this year was statement jewellery. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at Cate Blanchett’s outfit for an example of how a necklace can really take an outfit from ‘meh’ to absolutely celebrity, jaw-dropping amazingly beautiful. Its gorgeous colour really stands out, and of course, turquoise is a gemstone of luck and success, maybe that’s why she wore it!

Although, not everyone got it right. Scarlett Johansson wore a beautiful outfit, but her statement necklace was just too much, it didn’t need to be that extravagant. So, it can be difficult to get that balance, even celebrities with stylists get it wrong.

Which is why I work together with my clients to create bespoke pieces to complement their outfit and make them feel a million dollars for any special event they attend.

Take a look at the selection below for some statement pieces I’ve created for some award-winning Kent business women over the past year. And I’m delighted to also include (with their permission) their thoughts about the way the jewellery made them feel on the night.

“I’d bought from Kathryn before, but wanted something that I knew would go perfectly with my awards outfit and fit my personality. Kathryn asked me about my outfit, measured me up, talked to me about colours, styles and materials…however, what she created for me far surpassed my brief and I was complimented on it all night. It isn’t just a beautiful piece of jewellery that anyone could have – it’s mine, designed and created with me in mind and that makes me feel very special and super glamourous. If someone asked me why they would commission Kathryn to create jewellery for them, I’d say go for it – it’s luxurious fantasy living at a very affordable price!”

Ali Hollands, Inspired to Change Hypnotherapy Maidstone. http://www.inspiredtochange.biz/nearest-hypnotherapist/hypnotherapy-maidstone/

Amethyst-Bracelet-

Bracelet for Ali, 2014

 “At last year’s KWIB (Kent Women in Business) Awards, I wore a beautiful turquoise and gold necklace and earrings made especially for me by Kathryn Cooper. The dress I had chosen was a strapless caramel coloured floor-length satin gown – fairly plain but quite elegant. In my line of work, I live in overalls and paint-splashed jeans and wanted the chance to feel really feminine and glamourous. The jewellery that Kathryn made for me worked so perfectly with my outfit – the turquoise providing a lovely strong contrast to the muted colours of the dress, and the gold giving it that extra luxurious pop that made me feel so special.

The style of the necklace reminded me of something and Egyptian Queen would have worn, and I love the way my earrings swish and swing about, drawing attention to my neck when my hair is worn in an up-do. I don’t know if I’d have thought of pairing these colours with my dress had it not been for Kathryn’s expert advice and I love this set so much I’m intending to wear the earrings and necklace again this year to the awards night with a completely different dress.

I must admit, I don’t wait for glam occasions to wear the earrings though as they even make me feel glam when I’m wearing jeans and plain old shirt. It’s a little bit of luxury in my otherwise messy, dusty life!”

CJ Munn, Masters & Munn www.mastersandmunn.co.uk

CJ

“Going to an awards ceremony is quite an occasion, especially when it’s black tie and ball gowns. Finding the right dress and shoes and hand bag are a major issue, exciting for sure but to be frank without the right jewellery I feel half done. At the 2014 KITA (Kent Independent Traders) awards last year I had a lovely slate grey dress with silver beaded detail, I turned to Kathryn Cooper for my finishing touch and she created for me a stunning set of Ametrine earrings and necklace that when I put them on made me feel fabulous, the set finished my out fit off beautifully and I got several lovely admiring comments.”

Deborah Mulvany, Shaping Wellness www.shapingwellness.com

Ametrine & Silver Necklace

Deborah’s necklace, 2014

Now, for those of you that are reading this in Kent, I’m sure you’ll be aware that the Kent Women in Business Awards shortlist has just been announced, http://kwibawards.co.uk/2015-finalists/ so I know that many nominees (including myself!) will be digging out their best frocks (or heading to Bluewater), so I’m on standby to offer a bespoke jewellery designing service that will make you feel like an Oscar winner on the red carpet. So get that dress bought and I’ll design the bling to match, but don’t leave it too late!

Kent Independent Traders Awards 2014

The jewel in the crown – a Kent Independent Trader award!

KITA-2014-RUNNERUP-SMALLThe jewel in the crown – a Kent Independent Trader award!

I’m delighted to have been named as runner-up Creative Business of the Year at this year’s Kent Independent Traders awards.

This year’s awards were the most hotly contested yet, and I was thrilled even to have made it to the final, as there were over 40 entries in just my category alone, it was one of the most popular.

So, surrounded by glitz and sparkle (and I’m not just talking about my customised designs that were adorning several leading Kent businesswomen on the night!) I nervously waited for the names to be read out – little did I expect I would be named as runner-up! Thank you so much to the amazing Caroline Love for my nomination, I couldn’t have done it without your support, and to the fantastic panel of judges who voted for me.

It’s a great way to mark my best year yet since Kathryn Cooper Jewellery began, there’s exciting times in store, so watch this space!

First up is a brand new website, which is currently in development, and I’m really excited about unveiling new features, photos, offerings, products etc. There’s so much hard work being done behind the scenes, we’re nearly there, and I can’t wait until it’s live!

Our address will be slightly different so keep an eye out for the big reveal, find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KathrynCooperJewellery, or follow me on Twitter @kathjcooper to keep up to date on when we’re fully loaded and ready to go!

I’ve also been heavily involved with Metis Women, a wonderful collaboration group which supports Kent business women in growing their businesses. I am part of the team which runs the Maidstone group, and for anyone that is looking for a network which is incredibly friendly, supportive and there to provide advice as well as the chance to meet some inspiring women, then I urge you to get yourself along to a meeting. Visit www.metiswomen.co.uk for more information – I hope to see you there.

So it’s all systems go at KC HQ, and now we’re into October, the Christmas orders are beginning to roll in. Don’t delay in getting your order in, I get booked up extremely quickly, so if you’ve got your eye on a certain design, drop me a line, and I can get your bespoke creation underway in plenty of time.