Grainne Morton – Jeweller of the Month


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Grainne, based in Edinburgh, originally from Northern Ireland, works in a miniature scale, using a diverse range of materials. She incorporates her love of collecting antiques and found objects in her jewellery. Objects are individually set, primarily in silver and arranged together with an emphasis on balance, scale, shape and form. We asked Grainne more about her work and inspirations, with a top tip of a beautiful place to visit in Scotland. Read on…


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What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
I have always loved making. I realised quite early on that I wanted to go to Art College but had no idea that I would become a jeweller. It was fashion I was was interested in, but when I took jewellery as a student in 1st year at Edinburgh Collage of Art it just clicked. The scale was perfect.

 


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Probably my family. My parents are both creative and were incredibly encouraging. My aunt is Glass Artist Alison Kinnaird, I grew up being inspired by her practice.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
Who knows? I always wanted to be self employed as that is all I knew.


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What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
I made two large scale panels for Royal Carribbean Cruise ships quite early in my career. They were basically giant versions of my Printer Tray brooches. Another was an Alphabet piece – again large scale that I made for the then Scottish Arts Council’s Travelling Gallery. Valerie Singleton was really interested in it when I displayed it at Chelsea Crafts Fair one year but I wanted to keep in in my personal collection. I was really chuffed though.


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If you could own a piece by another maker in any discipline, no price limit, what would it be?
I love clothes. I have have always wanted to get my hands on an original YSL Le Smoking suit. (image right)

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Chloe Sevigny.

What do you love most about being a jeweller?
As I make everything by hand I love the freedom to be able to design and make exactly what I want.

 


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Blair Castle (image from Great Scotland)

How do you relax after a day in the studio?
With more time in the studio!

If you could recommend a special place to go in Scotland, where would it be?
Blair Atholl. We’re just spent a few days camping up there. It’s a perfect village with streams running through it and little bridges everywhere passing over them. A Mill café that has the most amazing bread, a quirky Country Life Museum, a Castle that displays a great collection of antique jewellery and countryside as green as can be. Beware of the midges though.


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Joanne Thompson: Jeweller of the Month


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The circle is forever the starting point for each of Joanne’s jewellery designs. Inspired by Ancient chain maille patterns, Joanne experiments with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains, making necklaces, bracelets and earrings which are voluminous yet light, tactile and extremely durable.

We ask Joanne to answer our lovedazzle questions to find out a bit more…


Describe your work in 3 words?
Tactile, sculptural, durable.

What inspires you/your work?
‘Happy accidents’ while playing directly with the metal. I have stacks of silver jump-links in all sizes which I experiment with. Traditional chain maille patterns are a constant inspiration. I play about with the scale, weight, form and texture of the chains. Often new designs come about while I am making a piece and it somehow transforms into something new.

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What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
I always wanted to be a maker of some sort but wasn’t thinking of jewellery until first year at ECA where I discovered the jewellery department run by Dorothy Hogg. The jewellery studios seemed to have so much energy and organisation, I was hooked straight away. A lot of the pieces I made at ECA were like little metal ‘paintings’, which were translated into brooches, so I didn’t really consider myself a jeweller until I started making pieces that had a real connection to the wearer; the way the jewellery moves with the body, how it feels, the longevity of jewellery, and how we develop such strong attachments to it.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
In my dreams a ballet dancer! But realistically I think I would be involved with textiles.

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
It was a piece I made recently for a friend, recycling lots of old 22ct gold bracelets into one of my Ervine necklaces, the 22ct gold was a dream to work with.

What tool can you not live without?
I have a set of jump-link mandrels gifted from my friend Gerlinde Huth not long after we graduated from RCA. Every single piece I make involves using them.

What do you love most about being a jeweller?
Sitting down at the bench and making is such a pleasure, I do feel grateful every day. And having such a lot of jewellery to wear is not bad either!

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Charlotte Gainsbourg

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
The Eldis necklace by Jelka Quintelier is stunning. 
http://www.lovedazzle.com/shop/Necklaces-Pendants-by-jelka-quintelier-Eldis-black-necklace.aspx

VIEW JOANNE THOMPSON’S COLLECTION ON LOVEDAZZLE

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Gift ideas for Father’s Day


Don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday 19 June. We’ve put a selection of gift ideas together for you to guarantee delivery on time to treat your dads!


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Jessica Briggs

Lined Leaf Cufflinks
£149


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Stephanie Ray

Pyramid Cufflinks
£210


 

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Annabet Wyndham

Lined Leaf Cufflinks
£82


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Latham & Neve

Honesty Cufflinks
£93

 


 

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Josef Koppmann

24ct Gold, Silver & White Druzy Agate
£640


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Katherine Richmond

Up to the Sky Cufflinks
£94

 


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Karen McMillan

Oval Wave Cufflinks
£86


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Naomi James

Rectangle Leaf Cufflinks
£112

 


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Diana Greenwood

Silver Beech Cufflinks
£80


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£103

 

 


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Sarah Packington

Red Rectangle Cufflinks
£45


 

Shop for more gift ideas for your Dad’s in our Mens selection

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Jelka Quintelier: Featured Jeweller of the Month


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Jelka designs laser cut rubber jewellery, that plays an interesting game between the 2D and 3D world. Inspired by visual patterns and striking scenes that cross her path, which she captures with photography.

We asked Jelka a few questions about her work and inspiration. Read on to find out more.

 


Describe your work in 3 words
Patterns – laser cut – flexible

What inspires you/your work?
Inspiration comes in many forms for me. I can get inspired by something as little as the beautiful pattern in a leaf or something bigger like the overwhelming architecture in the city. However a lot of my favourite pieces don’t necessarily evolve out of a clear source inspiration but are the result of a process. I can get an idea in my head that will turn out completely different when I am making the prototypes and paper cut outs. I enjoy exploring the possibilities of the shape and pattern in relation to the material. There’s nothing better than surprising yourself and watching a piece of jewellery evolve. Below are a few of Jelka’s sources of inspiration…

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What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?
Jewellery encompasses a lot of subject areas I am passionate about; art and design, body and sculpture, the use of different materials and the link with fashion. I still don’t see myself as a traditional jewellery designer. I like creating bigger sculptural pieces and interior installations as well as the occasional fashion garment for editorial shoots.

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Interior Installations

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I’d be an architect, a costume designer or a world traveler! I actually like to think I am all of the above already. I am an architect for the body and I feel there is a link to fashion and costume design in my work. I just wish I had more time to do some traveling!

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
The most exciting piece I’ve made so far is a full dress I made for a magazine editorial. It was very interesting to see what my work would look like bigger and covering a larger part of the body. 

What tool can you not live without?
I have a big love for tools in general. But I wouldn’t be able to live without my basic tools like scissors, pen and paper and of course my camera.

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Lazer cut rubber dress created for editorial

What do you love most about being a jeweller?
What I enjoy the most about creating is the anticipation! The start of a new piece. When I am still in the testing and experimenting stage and everything is still possible. I love that I can constantly evolve my work and that there will always be a next step in the process. There will always be a new idea, that’s what keeps it exciting. On the other hand it really pleases me when someone absolutely loves wearing one of my pieces of jewellery and feels good about themselves while wearing it.

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
I have a few icons in mind that I think would absolutely rock wearing my pieces. I’m thinking of FKA TwigsDita Von TeeseMarilyn MansonMarina Abromivic. Honest if I can choose just one person, it would be my mum, she loves wearing my jewellery and is my biggest fan!

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
My new piece Piuma is my favourite necklace at the moment! It’s different from all my other pieces and I love wearing it myself. My inspiration for this piece was a feather I picked up from the park one day. In the end the piece doesn’t look like a feather at all, it looks more spikey but is soft to touch and makes interesting movements when you wear it.

View Jelka’s full collection on lovedazzle

 

 

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Sue Gregor: Jeweller of the Month


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Sue Gregor

Sue designs and makes a range of acrylic jewellery using a process she developed herself, called ‘Fossilized Plastic’. With this process of dying and embossing plastic Sue is able to capture the fine details of leaves and plants creating a fossil like surface. This is transformed in to bold, colourful jewellery full of rich patterns.

We asked Sue a few questions about her work and inspiration.


Describe your work in 3 words?

Wild, Colourful, Acrylic.

What inspires you/your work?

My inspiration is to share what has cheered me up and got me through the tough times. It all started at a difficult period of my life when I was going through a tough time. In order to cope with it I started to empty my head of everything and just be in the moment. I become aware of what was around me. I became enormously comforted by how beautiful the world is. So I started working with plants leaves and flowers and developed this method of capturing the detail of the plants . The leaves perish in the process so each piece is unique as all leaves and flowers differ from all others. They are a memory to each individual leaf.  I want to convey the narrative of nature claiming back the man made so I confront the synthetic with the wild, by using plants to produce beautiful and individual acrylic jewellery.

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Olive Box Leaf Cuff – £45

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Shadow Ruff – £325

What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

I want to design pieces that are part of peoples lives.  That are worn. Not hung in Galleries or put in glass cupboards, but part of people’s lives.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?

I would probably be a textile designer. 

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?

Even though I have been commissioned by museums and made statement pieces for catwalk shows I have to say that I always find that the next piece I am going to make is the most exciting to me.  I get inspired and just want to make it.

 

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Ghibli Cuff – £52

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Blue Skeleton Leaf Earrings – £42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What tool can you not live without?

My polishing machine.

What do you love most about being a jeweller?

Coming up with new ideas and then realising them.  It is so exciting to see them being worn.  Then when I get lovely comments from the people who have bought them, that means a lot to me.

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Earrings by Grainne Morton

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?

I have customers from all ages and styles so this is hard to choose. so: from Zoella and Anne Hathaway, Kirstie Allsopp  to, Iris Apfel

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?

I would wear these Heritage Earrings by Grainne Morton if I was choosing for myself; http://www.lovedazzle.com/shop/Earrings-by-Grainne-Morton-Heritage-Earrings12.aspx


See Sue’s full range on lovedazzle


 

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SUE LANE: Featured jeweller of the month


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Sue designs subtle, pure and minimal contemporary jewellery with clean lines and a soft finish.  Her designs are punctuated with diamonds and coloured stones while incorporating matt and polished finishes to highlight colour contrasts when combining different coloured metals.

Read on to find out a little bit more about Sue and her jewellery.

 

Describe your work in 3 words?

Modern, classic, timeless.

What inspires you/your work?

I am inspired by lines, shape, detail and proportion of everyday life. Landscapes, people and objects; the things I see everyday. I live and work in rural Herefordshire, so that impacts my work enormously. The softness of the landscape, the position of a tree on the horizon, the ethos of the rural lifestyle where things should have a purpose. The need for things to be practical but a joy to use. I am always sketching or jotting down in notebooks, and paper has always been a material I love. At university, 20 years ago, I made a collection of objects and jewellery in paper. Today I make all my models and samples in paper. I use paper to add texture to the surface of metal. I fold and shape metal much like I used to with paper. Experimenting with materials and techniques inspires me.

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18k gold 2 band engagement ring – £2100

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18k gold diamond earrings – £690

What made you decide to be a jewellery designer?

Scale. I can visualise, think and work on a small scale. I can’t do the same on a larger scale. This combined with the love of how metals can so quickly be manipulated, cut, constructed, soldered, dismantled, adjusted, soldered again and manipulated further and further. Precious metals are kind to work with while always retaining value and simple beauty. Over the years I have worked more and more with clients who are getting engaged and married. This has reminded me of the sentiment we as humans attach to jewellery, and how when a ring leaves the studio it evolves with time into an object with enormous sentiment, attachment and value to it’s owner. My involvement in that process is one I treasure and enjoy.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?

My answer as a 7 year old was to be a weather girl. I think that stemmed from my upbringing in a farming community where your day, week and sometimes your year was determined by the weather. With hindsight I also know it was my farming background that effected the way I viewed my future career. As a child, the majority of adults I knew, including my family, were self-employed or ran their own businesses. Running my own business seemed the only way forward, and I never doubted it was what I would do too.

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?

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Silver fold necklace – £190

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18k gold, silver, Aquamarine ring – £330

Wow, that’s a hard question. It could be my husband’s wedding ring. Or it could be a ring I made recently for a client with an incredible, very large old cut diamond. For some reason, that diamond talked to me.

What tool can you not live without?

The kettle! It welcomes me to the workshop first thing in the morning. It’s there to calm me before I do a very tricky soldering job. It’s there to delay doing my tax return. It’s there to help welcome clients or students to the studio and help break the ice. It’s there in the moment of need, for when someone is upset, sad or emotional, because jewellery brings out all sorts of emotions!

What do you love most about being a jeweller?

I love being able to live and earn a living it a beautiful rural area, doing something I love and have always loved, and to see the joy of what I create with my own hands brings to people.

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?

Another tough question. I can only say I would choose anyone to wear my jewellery if they truly love it, treasure it, value it and enjoy it. I’m sorry I can’t name a name!

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?

I have to say Round Pearl Ring by Marianne Anderson. I adore this ring and love Marianne’s work because it is so different to my own. I love oxidised jewellery and her choice of coloured stones.

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Jeweller of the Month: NAOMI JAMES


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naomiNaomi creates jewellery inspired by natural forms. She embosses silver with dried leaves, leaf skeletons, flowers and grass which picks up an amazing amount of detail. The silver is complemented with touches of 18 carat gold, to create beautiful wearable jewellery.

We asked Naomi a few questions about her work. As it’s Mother’s day soon, we also found out what her ideal Mother’s day gift would be!

Describe your work in 3 words?
Bold, botanical, tactile

What inspires you?
I am inspired by making: rolling, folding, bending metal. My designs happen as I make, I am drawn to natural forms and those are always lurking in the background but it is only when I sit down with a piece of metal and start to experiment that my ideas really form.

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Flower in circle pendant – £165

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Aquamarine bracelet – £175

What made you want to be a jewellery designer?

I was always making things when I was younger, sewing toys out of scraps of material, making models etc and when I was 13 a jewellery workshop opened in Lewes- the town I grew up in- and my best friend (Kathie Murphy) and I went along to ask if they were doing evening classes. We both loved it straight away and our teacher Jonathan Swan was very encouraging and enthusiastic. We had to change the policy at our school so that we could take metalwork ( hard to believe now!) Kathie and I are both still making jewellery and very grateful for that start.

If you weren’t a jewellery designer what do you think you would be?
I was quite a keen scientist at school and I love scuba diving so I think it would have to be a marine biologist- one that got to go diving of course!

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Grey pearl teardop necklace – £235

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Pierced leaf shape necklace – £70

What’s the most exciting piece you have ever made?
I made a locket for some ashes once, it was probably more stressful than exciting…

What tool can you not live without?
It would have to be the rolling mill- I use it to imprint all the flower and leaf textures into my silver.

What would be your ideal Mother’s day gift?
A sunny day, a nice meal with the family and no fighting! (Image below of Naomi and her 2 children)

How do you find juggling being a mum and jeweller?
It actually works brilliantly as I can mainly fit my hours around a school day, I rarely have to miss those school performances and I can make time for the holidays. It gets harder in the autumn when I am really busy but luckily my partner has a flexible job too and can take over a bit. I know that it won’t be long until they don’t want to spend much time with me, so it’s great to be able to when they still do!susan sarandan

If you could choose anyone to wear your jewellery, who would it be?
Susan Sarandon (left)- she’s a great actor, political activist and is still amazing at 69!

What is your favourite piece on lovedazzle?
It’s so hard to choose! I have quite a good collection of pieces from other Lovedazzle jewellers- my most recent being a pair of John Moore’s Elytra earrings. I do love Jenny Llewellyn’s graduating colour fade necklace…

View Naomi’s full range on lovedazzle

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