Dublin based, Alan Ardiff is a jeweller and artist with a many an award....
I have been day-dreaming most of my life, creating work that is wondrous, sometimes wise but always heart warming!
I create my jewellery from a combination of gold and silver, with a number of the jewellery pieces incorporating kinetic parts; birds swing, stones rock and hearts roll! .
I like to work in a number of art media; bronze, etching, print, painting and wearable art pieces.
Poet Seamus Heaney & Alan Ardiff
Alphabets poem pendant to raise funds for Irish Writers’ Centre.
Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and Alan Ardiff presenting a pendant that raised money for the Irish Writers’ Centre.
The silver pendant, with 18ct gold detailing, takes inspiration from Heaney’s poem Alphabets, which was published in 1987 as part of The Haw Lantern.
“The letters of this alphabet were trees”, a line from Heaney’s poem.
London based jewellery designer Alex Monroe, has been designing and making jewellery for over 25 years. Strongly inspired by nature and British eccentricity, Alex's jewellery is elegant with a whimsical charm that makes it very much his own.
Since an early age, Alex has always had a great love for the natural world. Growing up in the Suffolk countryside, he was surrounded by all manner of plants and animals. From this, nature has become a strong theme throughout his work. He has the wonderful ability to take precious metals and imbue them with the attributes of delicate objects such as light and floaty feathers, dainty flowers or the glossy fur of a curious woodland creature.
Alex makes all of his original designs by hand using traditional jewellery making techniques, and he will often craft his own tools to help with the creation of a new piece. After his initial sketches, he will move to his bench. Here he will start working directly into pieces of silver to create the original item. Working with silver instead of wax allows him to achieve the high levels of detail and texture that are such a feature of his jewellery.
Andrea loves designing and creating pieces, which are individual, tactile and unique but also classic and ultimately very wearable.
After a childhood of making and drawing Andrea went on to gain a degree from the celebrated Jewellery Design BA Hons course at Middlesex University in 1998.
Extensive travel throughout Central America and South East Asia, as well as a lifelong passion for the natural world has given Andrea a love for colour and pattern. She translates these aspects into my designs using a combination of interesting shapes, pigmented resin and coloured gem stones.
New ranges from Andrea coming soon...
Anna travelled to Jerusalem to study, where she found work in the studio of a leading Jewellery Designer. While living there, she fell in love with the geometric patterns on the buildings and places of worship that surrounded her. And that's where her bold, geometric style comes from. After returning to the UK and finishing a Masters in Jewellery Design, she soon set up Anna Byers Jewellery at the end of 2012.
In 2014, Anna was lucky enough to have been nominated as a 'New Designer of the Year' at the prestigious UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014. In 2013 she was also a finalist for the British Jeweller's Association's 'Newcomer of the Year' Award. Previous to that, was selected by the British Jeweller's Association (BJA) and International Jewellery London as one of their top 10 emerging designers, or 'Kickstarters,' for 2013.
Cara designs beautiful, elegant and bold jewellery for stylish and strong-minded women. Her work marries classis and contempory design to create unique, timeless pieces. It is jewellery that comes to life when worn, intricate, playful and tactile yet expressing glamour and elegance.
The daughter of two artists, Cara grew up surrounded by creativity both at home and in the inspiring city of Brighton. After training at world-famous art school Central St Martins and achieving a First Class Honours degree in jewellery design, she returned to Brighton to establish her studio where every piece in her collection is made.
Working mostly with silver but employing a variety of finishes such as oxidizing and 18ct gold plating. Often the pieces are constructed using a number of repeated elements, which gives them their incredibly tactile quality.
Cornerstone Creations Paul Spurgeon
Paul Spurgeon’s project, Cornerstone, was founded in 2009. The philosophy is to create empowerment through the dignity of work and a sense of belonging for disadvantaged and marginalised people of all persuasions, primarily from the African continent. Their first training and employment programme has been set up in South Africa to encourage local artisans to better life for themselves and their communities.
The first member of staff, Marina, joined them from the Soweto township, with all the challenges that go with a life of rampant poverty and hardship. Her recruitment is being followed by the appointment of a qualified goldsmith and setter, whose skills will, in turn, be used to train future employees.
The company was founded as “Duncan MacRae”, a musical instrument manufactory specialising in the production of Highland bagpipes.
The crafting, finishing, design and production processes require meticulous attention to detail, this has sat at the heart of the company since its origins and throughout its evolution.
The brand is driven by our aspiration to equip men who craft their own lifestyles and require distinctive functionality. When designing, we often think in terms of the “Dalvey Man” – a figure who is independent and discerning, inquiring and broadminded.
Fiona Mehra has been making beautiful silver and gold jewellery for over 20 years. As she says, “I adore making jewellery, and I’m never happier than when I am in my workshop”.
Fi started learning at evening class. She then went to Birmingham School of Jewellers for 3 years. She also worked in a jewellers in Bath, and at a trade jewellers in Sussex, before moving to Wiltshire where she set up her own workshop.
Her hallmark is "FAB" which were her initials before she married, (Fiona Alison Berry). Her Dad actually registered her wrongly as she was meant to be Alison Fiona Berry! Her parents didn't want her to be FAB, especially as this was the 1960's, but it worked out brilliantly in the end for her hallmark.
I Love A Lassie
I Love a Lassie is a Scottish designer jewellery brand offering solid silver contemporary designs inspired by life’s little treasures.
Precious mementoes – such as a fragment of antique lace or a twig discovered on a woodland walk – are handcrafted into necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and cufflinks. Each design is cast in sterling silver 925 and offered in optional finishes of 18ct yellow gold vermeil, 18ct rose gold vermeil and black rhodium.
All the jewellery is designed by Arlene Katorza and is finished by hand in her Edinburgh workshop.
Jessica’s workshop is based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Graduating with a First Class, BA(Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing degree from Birmingham City University in 2005. She has exhibited her jewellery at many shows around the UK .
“My work is handmade by me using traditional and modern techniques such as casting and laser marking. Attention to detail is important to me and I strive to make each piece as good as the last. I have spent the last nine years developing and producing my work for various exhibitions and shows”
Quality watches "Made in Germany". Willi Birk established with this goal the company POINTtec more than 25 years ago – a family business that makes about 100,000 watches a year. Read more here: www.pointtec.de/profile/
Willi Birk proved his great flair with the choice of Zeppelin and Junkers brands due to the fact that customers then and now are interested in quality, sustainability and in distinctive, timeless design. The two pioneers Graf Zeppelin and Professor Junkers were involved in aviation from its very beginning in Germany. POINTtec successfully implements in their watches the characteristics of aviation – excellent engineering, reliability and distinctive design.
The popular Bauhaus series come perfectly in-line with the assortment. The Bauhaus movement can be seen as a significant part of the transition from industrialization to modernity in the history of art, culture and architecture. Bauhaus' artists - or masters, as they called themselves, worked closely with engineers from Junkers manufacturing and a fruitful symbiosis was build. Read more about Junkers and Bauhaus onwww.junkers.de.
All components for the watches are made by special manufacturers, they come from prestigious manufacturers in Switzerland (e.g. ETA, Ronda, ...), as well as a well-known producer in Japan (Miyota). The final assembly of the watches is done according to the rules of German traditional watchmaking.
Each Junkers and Zeppelin watch is a quality product "Made in Germany".
Lawrence Gibson,The Maker
Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. After attending the local primary and secondary schools he decided to follow the one year Art and Design Foundation Course at Falmouth School of Art. He gained his National Diploma in 1991 and, at the end of that year, relocated to pursue a three-year degree course in Industrial Design. He gained his First Class Degree with Honours from Cardiff Institute of H.E. in 1994.
Upon returning to Cornwall Lawrence took up a position in a local model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes. During his four-year employment, and needing an outlet for his creativity, Lawrence realised that he could utilise his extensive knowledge and skills to produce forms based on an ongoing collection of sketches. These forms took inspiration from the Cornish coastline with its beautiful coves, beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture, and began the process for creating his ocean jewellery.
Founded by jewellery designer Melanie Ankers in 2003, Kokkino has since established itself as a reliable source of elegantly simple and wearable, contemporary jewellery. Each collection is created by hand in our Worcester workshop, with the emphasis being on high quality workmanship and timeless designs. We are also careful to cater for every budget and include pieces ranging from affordable to aspirational.
A Silversmithing and Jewellery graduate from the Jewellery School at UCE in Birmingham, Melanie makes use of sterling silver, 22ct gold plating, oxidisation and vitreous enamels, to produce a sophisticated range of colour palettes and surface textures for Kokkino. Her love of colour, working with silver and enamels and time spent in Greece led her to choose the company name Kokkino, meaning ‘red’ in Greek.
“Increasingly I'm becoming fascinated with the rhythm and cadence given to a piece by repetition of a simple form, and how colour can flow through a piece and transform it utterly.” The pieces are incredibly tactile and often incorporate mobile elements, allowing the wearer to interact with the jewellery and bring it to life. Not surprisingly they are a popular choice for the catwalk too and have appeared at The Clothes Show Live and The Jewellery Show, most recently.
McMaster & Tingley Jewellery
McMaster and Tingley is the brand name for the eight exclusive collections all of which have been designed , created and handmade in the workshops of Sheena McMaster and Peter Tingley.
These beautifully crafted pieces evolved during a period of seven years when they lived in France and were inspired by fields of sunflowers and stunning sunsets.In 2014 they decided to move back to the UK where they continue to develop new designs.
Sheena graduated from Glasgow School of Art with an honours degree in Design in 1987 and spent a further year studying for a Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Thereafter she moved to London to gain valuable working experience with a design andmanufacturing jewellery company. Following this with a year in Australia where she worked for commercial jewellers.
Peter is a cabinet maker with over 35 years experience in developing and making individual contemporary furniture and complex wood related projects . He has been actively involved working and designing jewellery with Sheena for over 12 years bringing essential knowledge to an ever evolving handmade yet technical craft based business.
Origin & Vision
The simple design, the unmistakable easy-to-read face, distinctive hands and the famous red seconds hand have made Mondaine timepieces uniquely recognized the world over. Ingenuity and simplicity are the combined elements that distinguish and define a truly iconic design classic. The Mondaine Official Swiss Railways watches embody these elements and proudly exemplify excellent 20th century design.
Reeves & Reeves
Reeves & Reeves has been set up by the very experienced Heath Reeves and his wife Caroline. They live in Dorset, with their two children, Honor and Caspar. Caroline was a founding member in her own jewellery company and designs many of her own pieces.
Royal London Watches
For lovers of traditional design, look no further than Royal London watches. Established in 1998, Royal London has cemented itself in the hearts of watch lovers thanks to the high-quality manufacture of its timepieces. With pieces available for both men and women, the collection includes wrist watches as well as pocket watches - which make for the perfect gift or keepsake for a loved one. The designs feature both leather and metallic straps, with a variety of watch faces to choose from.
Roman numeral hour markers can be found on bright faces to create an elegant finish; complex skeleton face create a dramatic look, while the pocket watch collection combines the two to create something truly special.
Sonya Bennett is among the UK's leading designers of contemporary precious jewellery. Having studied Jewellery & Silversmithing in Sheffield, she established her first workshop in 1998.
All of Sonya's jewellery is designed and made exclusively in her Somerset workshop, in sterling silver or gold and often with semi-precious stones and pearls, Sonya's distinctive work shows a degree of warmth and romance rarely seen in contemporary designer jewellery.
Our tagline ‘British jewellery inspired by nature, love and art' tells you much about Sonya's design influences. Many of these take inspiration from botanical and other natural forms, including first-hand observations from nature; others from sources as diverse as eighteenth century Japanese illustrations and Romantic & Pre-Raphaelite symbolism. Sonya's aim is to enhance the beauty and femininity of those who wear her jewellery.
In The Beginning
O.W.L Watches founder Annette Allen has been designing watches for over a decade, working with some of the most well known brands in the UK.
During this time Annette has become highly regarded and decided that it was time to use her design skills to launch her own collection.
With new signature styles being added to the collection each season, O.W.L will be the perfect fit with the latest trends.
Growing up in the beautiful town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, pictured above, surrounded by an old cobbled market place, a beautiful old castle and the idilic River Swale, Annette has lived among some of Britain’s beautiful heritage.
Drawing on this for inspiration, Annette designed the ladies collection as beautiful, feminine and trend driven collection of watches that combine British elegance and contemporary styling.
As for the gents collection, Annette designed a stunning range of mens watches that are simply a classic design with a modern twist, for that perfect gallant finish.
OWL concepts and designs come from beautiful old towns and wooden church pews worn from years of use, to great stately homes, the sumptuous fabrics and old leather bound books of their interiors.
O.W.L Watches only use quality materials including a highly durable plating, carefully selected premium leathers and a quality movement to ensure you are wearing a really special watch.
Each watch is packaged in a luxurious gift box inspired by Victorian travel cases that makes for a fantastic keepsake.
Zeppelin is part of the PointTEC group which also includes Junkers watches.
The Graf Zeppelin watches are extremely well made and have a high grade finish worthy of watches costing twice their price.
Almost all the models in the Graf Zeppelin line have some connection to the Zeppelin air ships (designed by Ferdinand Grafvon Zeppelin) that made historic flights from Germany in the early 1900's.
Zeppelin uses polished, brushed and satin finished stainless steel cases, and high quality handmade and hand stitched leather straps.
All of the models in the Count Zeppelin and Captains series use a unique "Zeppelin" ribbed case that is quite handsome in both polished and brushed steel versions.
Choose from mechanical (hand wind), automatic (self-winding), or precise quartz movements. Graf Case sizes range from 39mm to 42mm depending on the model.
Yulan Jewellery is designed and handmade by Yu Lan and Paul Burkmar in their workshop in the old fishing town Leigh on Sea, Essex. Yulan is a quality independant jewellery brand with each piece crafted by hand in British workshops using silver, gold and very colourful anodized Aluminium.