Ensuring your jewellery is safe from the insurer- don’t be underinsured

Ensuring your jewellery is safe from the insurer

Jewellery insurance: December and January are the months where the incidences of burglary are the highest. Burglars are no fools and they know that there’s a lot more gifts and gadgets in houses over the Christmas period.
While they’re there, they’ll also probably have a rifle through your jewellery box, and see what they can pilfer. Distressing though it may be, I’m sure, like me, you’ll be reassured that you’ve got relevant contents insurance in place. Although you may never be able to replace some sentimental items, you’ll at least be compensated in terms of monetary value.

Or will you? I recently read a really distressing article about how a couple had their insurance claim rejected, because they hadn’t taken into account the rise in gold prices. Their jewellery had risen so much in value from the time they had bought them, and so they hadn’t declared them as single high priced items. When the insurer saw pictures of the items, they were worth so much more than they were declared for, that the insurer was well within its rights to not only reject the claim, but cancel the whole policy due to underinsurance.

So the couple lost out, not only on the jewellery, but all the other items that were stolen. They also found it difficult to get another insurance policy, because they’d had insurance declined.

A valuable lesson to learn. It’s worth looking at all the jewellery that you own, or may have inherited and perhaps getting a valuation to determine their value at today’s prices. Most jewellers can do this for a fee, but it’s worth its weight in gold (pardon the pun!). Your contents policy documents will state the value at which an item should be listed separately, it’s usually around £1,000-£2,000.

Then, please, please update the insurer, so that you don’t end up in the same situation as this poor couple. If in doubt, tell them about anything you’re unsure of, it’s better to be too cautious. It’s also worth checking as some insurers automatically raise your contents level for the Christmas period to take into account the additional gifts and items that are in your house.

While you’re at it, you should also photograph each piece of jewellery, and particularly any discerning features such as scratches or engravings to help the police identify it, as there’s always a chance it could be recovered.

So this Christmas, don’t get caught out. If the worst should happen and you’re the victim of an awful burglary (or even fire, flood damage, whatever the disaster), then at least you really will have peace of mind that everything is ok with your insurance.

Turquoise – December’s Birthstone

Turquoise, the Birthstones For December

Turquoise, the Birthstones For December


Turquoise – December’s Birthstone

Not only is Turquoise the traditional birthstone for December, but it is also regarded as a lucky gemstone and a stone of prosperity. It is also believed that if Turquoise is given as a gift it bestows wealth and happiness upon its receiver, and brings happiness and good fortune – therefore making it an ideal Christmas present!

Unfortunately I can’t guarantee any of the claims of the properties of gemstones, but there surely must be something in it, given that every culture has its beliefs surrounding the supernatural properties of gemstones, some going back thousands of years.

Gem scholars are of the opinion that the tradition of “birthstones” came from the Breastplate of Aaron which is mentioned in the Old Testament book of Exodus.  This is believed to have been a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones, each representing the twelve tribes of Israel, and which also corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.  Turquoise is said to be the last of the twelve gemstones set in the ceremonial breastplate of Aaron.

Turquoise is thought to be one of the oldest known minerals and was one of the first gems to be mined. It is said to have been mined more than 6000 years ago in Sinai.

Turquoise and marcasite necklace

Throughout history Turquoise has been thought to protect the wearer from evil and bad fortune, guarding against violence and accidents – and was also a valuable amulet for travellers

It is still considered to be a stone of prosperity and some believe that Turquoise brings the wearer good fortune and a prosperous life, inspires cheer, wellbeing and spiritual harmony.  Healers believe that Turquoise attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone. It is said to be a cure for many ailments and is thought to guard against all diseases.

So with all its claims who could resist?!  Not only does it have many traditions and folklore attached to it but it also a beautiful gemstone.  And Turquoise is considered primarily to be a stone of friendship and loyalty, so yes, it makes an ideal Christmas (or birthday) present for a loved one!

For more detailed gemstone information, please go to my Gemstone Information pages.

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Opal - October's Birthstone

Opal and Tourmaline – October’s birthstones

Tourmaline - October's birthstoneOpal and Tourmaline – October’s birthstones

Those born this month are lucky to have two birthstones, opal and tourmaline.

Opal, as the name suggests inspires hope. It’s known as the eye stone, possibly because it is so pleasing to the eye, its beautiful rainbow colours reflecting in the light. But not all opal has the rainbow coloured “flash of colour”, the common opal is quite opaque and milky, but still a beautiful gemstone.

It’s considered a stone of protection, and believed to deflect negative thoughts and energies. It is used to bring on a sense of calm, ease stress and depression. But it goes further than that, it’s thought to be a seductive stone, associated with love, passion and desire. You won’t be surprised to hear that it is used to aid conception, and once that goal is complete, is a great aid to pregnant women worried about their pregnancy or childbirth, it is believed to help alleviate fears associated with that, and once the baby arrives too. For that reason, it’s a great present for expectant or new mothers.

When it comes to the body, opal is associated with the eyes but also with hair, skin and nails. Healers believe that it helps to alleviate water retention and to get rid of infections, purify the blood and reduce fever. It is also thought to help with any issues to do with pregnancy and childbirth, unsurprisingly, and also ease pains associated with PMS or menopause.

Tourmaline too, is a protection stone, ancient magicians used it to protect them against demons. It’s quite similar too in that it dispels negative energy and turns them into positive vibes.

Tourmaline occurs in almost any colour. Multi-coloured specimens are common, and some resemble watermelons with two to five colours, a pink centre surrounded by green being the most sought after.

Tourmaline is also used in electrical circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies.  This is because it is so durable.

It basically seems like a stone to absorb a load of rubbish, fears, people that cause you problems, pollutants, etc. and makes it all better. Sounds amazing!  But not only that, it clears the head to focus on positive thinking and action, to give you direction.

Because of the getting rid of rubbish bit, it’s often used to help with diseases associated with bowels (literally getting rid of the bad stuff!) and colon.

It’s also linked to the reflex points of the lower back, legs, ankles and feet and used to provide pain relief for torn muscles, arthritis and numbness.

So I would say that if you were born in October, you’ve pretty much got a lot of bases covered with these two stones, and combining the two together in a piece of jewellery will look just wonderful.

Please take a look at what I’ve got available currently in my shop, and if you do want something designed that contains both stones, then please do get in contact.

Also just a reminder that it’s getting ever closer to Christmas too, so don’t leave it too long if you would like something designed, I don’t want you to be disappointed!

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Vermeil & Turquoise necklace -Kathryn Cooper Jeweller

Vermeil Gold – what on earth is it?

Vermeil Gold – what on earth is it?

What is Vermeil gold? Of course you’ve heard of gold jewellery, and even gold-plated, but have you heard of vermeil gold?

Vermeil gold (pronounced ‘ver-may’) is a French term, and it refers to items of jewellery made of sterling silver and heavily plated with gold. It has, therefore, the appearance of gold, but is a lot cheaper than solid gold.

However, it doesn’t mean that it’s a lesser quality alternative. The silver that is used is usually 925 sterling silver, or almost pure silver. The gold is usually at least 18 carats, right up to 24 carats. It also has a lot more gold than other gold plated pieces, and has to be a certain thickness to be named vermeil and pieces usually carry the 925 stamp, which is it the mark of sterling silver.

Because of the fact that vermeil is made of entirely precious metals, unlike some other plated jewellery, it’s more valuable. And because of the amount of high quality gold in it, it should maintain the look of yellow gold for a long time. So from first glance, it looks like gold jewellery, and it can be polished up to a really good shine, or if left to slightly to tarnish can take on the appearance of vintage jewellery.

How should you look after vermeil jewellery?

Vermeil jewellery will tarnish over time, just as any jewellery will. Although it’s made up of precious metals it is less prone to tarnishing, but other factors such as air pollution, use of lotions and perfumes and even chlorine when swimming will also affect how much jewellery tarnishes. NEVER wear jewellery while in swimming pools – chlorine is a bleach that can break down the metal (not good for “shoulders” holding your precious stones in place!) and can leave a black tarnish on the pieces which can be very difficult to remove.

To try and reduce the amount of tarnishing then I advise keeping your jewellery clean and storing it somewhere safe, air tight if possible. (I usually use a Tupperware box or a seal-tight plastic bag).

But if your vermeil jewellery does tarnish, then don’t panic. It’s really easy to remove. Just give it a gentle polish with a lint-free cloth, and that should do it, or invest in a jewellery polishing cloth as they will definitely do the trick. NEVER use toothpaste or baking soda on jewellery, as it scratches the metal.

Vermeil jewellery is being used more often, although the process is many years old, having been first used in France in the 18th century. As gold prices rise, it’s becoming the next best thing to solid gold, and no longer seen as a cheap option, but a high quality alternative found in designer jewellery shops all over the world.

Head on over to my shop to take a look at some of the vermeil gold pieces I have on offer. I have many pieces that are not uploaded onto the website, or I can also create bespoke pieces if you have something in mind, just get in touch, and we can work on a design together.

Also, if you want any more advice on cleaning your vermeil gold pieces, then I can take a look at your jewellery to help get it clean and sparkling again!

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Vermeil and Jade necklace


Sapphire: September's Birthstone

Sapphire – September’s Birthstone

Sapphire – September’s Birthstone.

The gem of all gems – the heavenly blue sapphire

The sapphire – well what can I say! It’s considered to be the gem of royalty (think of Diana, and now Kate’s engagement ring) associated with anything sacred and divine. It’s a stone which is mentioned throughout history associated with nobility and religion, for example, Christians used sapphire in ecclesiastical rings and it was cherished by kings for its power to protect.

When you think of sapphire, you think of its beautiful indigo blue colour, but you can also get black, green, orange, pink, violet, white and yellow sapphires too? They each have their own properties, but for the sake of this blog, I’m going to concentrate on the blue sapphire – after all, the word sapphire comes from the Latin sapphirus which means ‘blue stone’, you can’t get clearer than that!

Sapphire is said to help the wearer to embrace order, structure and self-discipline and is ideal for helping accomplish goals. That’s definitely one I need in my life!

Generally, it’s thought of as a stone of wisdom and learning, giving strength and focus, bringing order and healing.

It is believed that its focusing properties allow for the release of negative thoughts, helping to balance the body. It’s great during times of change to help channel your thoughts and see clearly where you have got to go, and how you’re going to get there.

It’s a stone of love (see engagement ring point above!) as it’s a sign of commitment and fidelity. It’s a sign of attachment, and binds people to one another, especially if they have matching stones. A great gift for marrying couples.

In terms of health properties, it’s pretty awesome. It’s associated with the eyes, so thought to help improve eyesight and eye infections. Kind of linked, it also helps to improve sleeping so you can get more shut eye!
In addition, if you have a headache, nosebleed, fever, earache or vertigo, sapphire is supposed to be your answer.

It’s also used when it comes to problems associated with speech and communication, and is thought to help with symptoms associated to dementia and other degenerative diseases.

When it comes to emotional issues, because of its order and strengthening properties, it is believe to aid with helping depression, neuroses and even psychosis. It is thought to give the wearer confidence and help with self-belief issues, overcoming shyness and help with social situations.

It truly is a beautiful stone, one of the most recognised gemstones, and those with their birthdays in September are very lucky! (of course, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear sapphire just because it isn’t your birthstone!)
I’ve made some beautiful creations using sapphires, and they are available to buy, please look in the shop to see what’s there. I have some in stock that may not be loaded onto the site and some not yet made into jewellery, so
I can create a piece just for you, or for a loved one

Please get in touch if you’d like some sapphire in your life!

Kathryn. X

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Peridot- birthstone for August

Peridot – August’s Birthstone

Peridot – August’s Birthstone

Peridot gemstones were historically called Olivine (and sometimes poor man’s emerald) because of its beautiful lime green colour. Dependent on the level of iron, the colour can actually range from light yellow green through to darker olive green.

As well as being August’s birthstone (and the 16th anniversary stone), it’s primarily known as a stone of prosperity and happiness; how anyone can’t feel happy and richer for wearing a piece of jewellery with this beautiful stone in, I don’t know!

Because of its association with happiness, it’s a perfect stone to help against depression, as it’s believed to counter any negative emotions. It is thought to help with the release of any emotional baggage, getting rid of any guilt and obsessions, bringing inner peace and restoring the balance. It is also believed to soothe nervousness, heal emotional and physical pain and lighten suffering.

Its calming influence also means that it’s really beneficial for anyone that has an anger problem, it is said to help dissolve tensions, again, bringing balance. And is also believed to alleviate jealousy, resentment and spite.

Once all the negativity has been got rid of, then it’s time to move forward. It’s great at boosting confidence and self-esteem, stimulating energies, promoting vitality, invigorating and restoring allowing the wearer to enjoy life, love, and the universe.

It’s basically the biggest pick-me-upper you could imagine!

Peridot is a spiritual stone, which is believed to help you to open your mind to a new level of awareness and understand what your destiny and purpose is. (I’d love it to tell me what my destiny is!)

Interestingly, peridot is good for treating phobias; it’s like your own little nightlight, as it particularly helps those with fears of the dark.

The colour of a gemstone is directly related to parts of the body that it can be of aid to. Because of its yellowish green colour, peridot is said to cure diseases of the liver and aids digestion. It helps problems with the kidneys, bladder, gall bladder, and the stomach. Peridot is also thought to heal such illnesses as ulcers, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also useful in helping to heal insect bites.

Peridot is like a healing tonic – it is said to regenerate tissue, strengthen the metabolism and benefit the skin, and aid the heart, lungs, and spleen.

Some believe that if placed on the abdomen, it aids labour by strengthening the muscle contractions while lessening the pain (fabulous baby shower present!). Peridot is also helpful in treating skin diseases and difficulties associated with the adrenal glands. As if that wasn’t enough, it is also used to treat fevers.

So, if you are feeling a bit blue, then go green! It’s a really positive stone that really just makes things feel a lot better. And that counts for a lot.
Visit my shop to see what designs I currently have on offer, and as always, if you’d like something individually designed, then I can make that too. I have some lovely peridot in my collection which may not be on the website.

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July birthstone - ruby

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby! July’s Birthstone

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby! July’s Birthstone

“The gleaming Ruby should adorn
All those who in July are born.
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lovers’ doubts and anxiety.”

Kind of sums it up really!

Ruby is called the king of the gemstones, its deep hue of red is one of the most valuable gemstones, due to its rarity. Its brilliant colour and magnificent brilliance is perfect for adorning royal families all over the globe.

Of course, it goes without saying that the red of the ruby is associated with fire and blood, it’s the gemstone of passion, and love.

Not a subtle stone this one!

They are believed to promote a clear mind, increase concentration and motivation (note to self, wear rubies on Mondays), bring power and self-confidence, which in turn can allow the wearer to prosper and achieve great things.

Rubies are said to stimulate the heart, heightening sensual feelings, increasing desire and sexual energy, but also in relationships it signifies a passionate, faithful commitment, which is why it’s a great option to give a bride (and a groom!) on their wedding day.

In ancient times, wearers of rubies would be warned of impending danger, and be kept safe, and all sadness and foolish thoughts would be banned – what a lovely idea for those that are setting off on their travels.

Because of its association with blood, healers believe that it aids conditions associated with the heart, and stimulates circulation. It’s helpful for treating fever and infections, and also can help with your weight, especially if you’re eating is associated with emotions; so if you’re feeling like having a chocolate cake because you’ve had a rubbish day, find those ruby earrings, quick!

Of course, it’s also linked to the reproductive organs, and is thought to help alleviate menstruation pain, disorders linked to the sexual organs, and can help during pregnancy – a perfect one for helping to get rid of swelling ankles and feet for all you pregnant ladies out there.

When it comes to love, the properties of rubies also extend to loving yourself, as they are thought to banish any negative feelings that you may have, protecting any sensitive souls, and generally helping you to feel more positive and confident about yourself.

So it really is the king of the gemstones! It’s such a beautiful stone which will instantly draw attention to you (in a good way remember, it’ll make you feel invincible!) and as a feature stone, you can’t really ask for any more.

I love rubies and years ago I “lost” my favourite ruby necklace and turned the house upside down looking for it. A simple string of tiny hand-cut rubies in ombre shades of pink to red (worth about £300). I loved that necklace and was over the moon when it turned up several months later in my then 4-yr old daughter’s jewellery box. My other half had put it in there thinking it was one of hers because of the pink and red sparkly stones in it and she had been happily playing “princesses” with it. I still  haven’t repaired that necklace!

I love making jewellery with rubies, you can really go all out, it’s a flamboyant stone I try not to shy away from in my designs. As it’s one of the more precious stones, I keep them for specific requests, so please do get in touch and I’ll work with you to create a special design.

So if you’re looking for some ideas, head on over to my shop to see what’s there, or get in touch if you’d like something specific made.

Ruby, July Birthstone

Pearl, birthstone for June

Birthstones for June, Pearl and Moonstone

Moonstone 2 Picture Copyright of That Crystal Site

Birthstones for June, Pearl and Moonstone.

June has got two lovely gemstones associated with it, and I couldn’t not cover both.

So, starting with pearl. Pearls are created when an oyster covers a foreign body with layers of nacre. The majority of pearls these days are cultivated (cultured). That means it’s still natural but produced by a mollusc after the intentional introduction of a foreign body inside the shell, and also means we can get them in many shapes, sizes and colours.

So what’s so good about it? Well apart from the gorgeous lustre on their surface, they’re one of the most highly prized gemstones of them all. They are described in the Koran as one of the greatest treasures provided in Paradise, and it is said that Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love to Marc Antony.

It’s associated with love (and are said to boost sexual energy and raise sensuality), and so the Ancient Greeks used them at weddings, and they’re still really popular as wedding jewellery today. They are also said to contain properties associated with purity, faith, charity, innocence, integrity, focus, wisdom, spirituality, sincerity and fertility. They are also believed by some to grant foresight from risky commercial transactions, so if you’re not quite sure, consult your pearl necklace!

They’re renowned for their medicinal properties, and pearls of inferior quality which cannot be used in jewellery are ground into a fine powder and used to make pharmaceutical calcium. You learn something new every day! They are said to neutralise poison, lower acidity, and be beneficial for heart and lungs, kidneys, urinary system and liver.

Changing the subject quickly to the beautiful moonstone. It owes its name to its shimmer which bears resemblance in colour to the moon (apparently!) In fact, that iridescence is caused by the intergrowth of two different types of feldspar (rock-forming minerals) with different refractive indexes (bit techy I know!)

Of course, they didn’t know that thousands of years ago, so it was thought of as a mysterious and therefore magical stone. The Romans thought that it was formed out of moonlight. In Arabian cultures women would sew moonstones out of sight into their garments, as it signified fertility. It’s said to also arouse tender passion and feelings (in conjunction with a pearl, you’re onto a winner!)

Moonstone is said to balance yin and yang as well as bringing good fortune. It’s also believed to foster happiness, strengthen emotions and intuition, aid communication, promote clear thinking, and the capacity to understand. Moonstone is also thought of as a protective stone for women and babies.

In terms of medical properties, it’s believed to help align vertebrae (how did they discover that?), be a good digestive aid, and it’s generally good to help soothe and balance emotions.

So there you have it. June birthday girls and women, you’ve got a couple of good ones there!

Visit my shop to see what’s there, and get in touch if you’d like something individual made. I have plenty of pearls in lots and lots of lovely colours, and moonstones waiting to be made into something fantastic just for you!

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Emerald - May's Birthstone

Emerald, May’s Birthstone

The sea green of the emerald – May it be the gemstone for you!

Emerald is the birthstone for May, and one of my favourite for its beautiful sea green colour and its amazing qualities. My most treasured emerald is not in jewellery, but is the raw emerald pictured above, it measures 3 inches across and sparkles beautifully, which unfortunately the image doesn’t show and doesn’t  do it justice.  I it bought from a young girl (doing her homework at the side of the road), in a village in the Colombian Andes. The region is known for emerald mining, and as I walked by this child said to me “esmeraldas?” and my ears pricked up and I couldn’t resit it.

For more than 4,000 years, emeralds have been among the most valuable and treasured of all jewels on earth. It’s called the Stone of Successful Love, and in ancient times was dedicated to the goddess of love, Venus as it was said to ensure unconditional love, unity and loyalty. If you want to resurrect an old relationship, or to revive passion with an existing partner, then keep an emerald near to the heart and communicate with it, and behold, your wishes will be answered!

It promotes friendship too, so a wonderful present for a best friend for a special occasion.

It’s also supposed to promote domestic bliss! Might be handy when there’s arguments over putting the loo seat down, or whose turn it is to do the washing up! Seriously, it is believed to restore balance and harmony, and has a calming effect on emotions, which aids co-operation and understanding.

Emerald is associated with the eyes and sight, so not only is it thought help to improve any eyesight problems, but it’s also used as a psychic and intuitive stone, used to predict future events and reveal truths.

This stone is a great one for the workplace, as it’s believed to be a great memory aid and might help to produce clarity and eloquence. So for anyone that might have the fear of public speaking, just having contact with emerald before taking to stage could help with those nerves.

In terms of its physical healing properties, it’s said to be a great revitaliser, and that includes ageing, so to rejuvenate your body and roll back the years, you thought that Oil of Olay was the answer, well now you can get some emerald in your life instead!

Healers believe that it can help problems associated with the lungs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys, as well as the spine and muscle system. It’s said to ward off epilepsy, and is used to avert fever, headaches, allergies and sinusitis, to relieve eczema, rashes and skin irritations. Finally, emerald is also used to increase fertility and for support during childbirth.

As emerald is one of the more precious stones, I keep them for specific requests, so if you do fancy some of this lovely greenness to form part of your jewellery collection, please do get in touch, and I’ll work with you to create a special design.

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.