Late Summer Blog
Birthstone for July are the Ruby and the Carnelian.
Birthstone for August is the Peridot
June for me was a very busy month for me lots of thing happening.
From all the shows on, going up to London twice a week and the visits of my lovely children.
We had a lovely long weekend away in Eastbourne, with a visit to a gem importer on the way down. I have never been to Eastbourne before what a lovely seaside town. We had a great weekend with friends. Shopping and a fab contintal market along the front, finishing with a paddle in the sea, and collecting stones on the beach for my tumbling machine.
I went to the Saatchi gallery to the jewellery and watch show. It was very good I saw lots of new designers but the one piece that caught my eye was a piece by a German company Heinz Mayer made for Rolls Royce it was a gold and diamond bracelet with the most beautiful rolling mechanism.
Reminded me of golf tees…Now there is a great idea..
I had a lovely few days in the end of July working with Vicki Ambery Smith.
Vicki makes building on rings, using very fine detail. Truly inspiring.
I am in the middle of trying to make a castle of my own…really tricky, pictures to follow probably in six months knowing my work load.
I have made the most beautiful semi precious bead necklaces with coral onyx and pearls an inspiration from our shore line walks.
The summer seems to have flow by..I don’t know where July has gone and August seems to be going the same way.
Do register and go along to IJL see below.
Exhibitions & Places To Go
Next Friday I managed to get tickets for a craft show at Stonor Pk by Henley on Thames I think this might be a great family day out for all the family. A showcase full of all different crafts and how they are made, with some workshops. http://www.thecraftshows.co.uk/henley-on-thames/features.php
International Jewellery London or IJL
This show is at Olympia.
It is one of the best shows during the year in my opinion.
It is free to attend but you must register with them first and bring your badge with you otherwise it is £25 each on the door.
The show is full of new designers, jewellery trade tools, packing, Cad designers and gems for sale. Really worth the visit.
On 31 August till 2 September
Kevin Coates a fantastic designer has a show traveling the country check out the page for more info or google kevin-coates-a-bestiary-of-jewels The next show is on at the Harley gallery….
From Saturday 23rd August until 19th October and meet Kevin on the Saturday 23 between 1pm and 3pm.
The Goldsmiths Fair
Check out www.goldsmithsfair.co.uk
Week One 22 to 28 September
Week Two 30 Sept to 5 October
I know these dates are a long way off but a great show for Christmas Presents and to meet up with new jewellers.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima) is opening a permanent Jewellery Gallery. The exhibition will feature pieces from Wendy Ramshaw and Caroline Broadhead and will showcase more 100 other items. It opens from the 4th October.