About Northumbria Gems
I am an independent jewellery designer and maker, based in the north-east of England. Northumbria Gems began in 2010 when I started handcrafting jewellery in locally-found natural British gemstone. With a lovely collection of genuine sea glass from years of trips to beaches along our north-east England coast, I also began making sea glass jewellery.
My interest in geology was inspired at an early age, prospecting for gemstones with my family in the gem fields of Queensland, Australia. We found raw amethyst, sapphire and smokey quartz, and my father began gem-cutting using our finds.
Jewellery with a difference
I combine lapidary and silversmithing skills to make unique jewellery pieces, handmade from design to completion. Being an artisan jewellery-maker affords more traceability is I use stone-cutting techniques to shape my own gemstone, so cabochons are ethically made, and increasingly use recycled silver. will lessen any impact on the environment and ..
Natural Gemstone and Northumbria Sea Glass
I collect natural gemstone and sea glass along Northumbria’s unspoilt coastline and among Northumberland’s wild, remote hills, places which inspire my designs. These local and sustainable resources lend themselves to beautiful and unique jewellery pieces.
Where I use other varieties of gemstone, such as Whitby jet, I will mention this in the listing, and the cabochons will still be cut and shaped by hand by me or my father.
A BIT MORE ABOUT THE MATERIALS:
Natural stone & semi-precious gemstone
My men's and women's jewellery includes pieces set with natural stone and gemstone. This can be untreated British quartz, carnelian, jasper, flint, agate, even fossil stone. I collect this in Northumbria, northern England, to handcraft into cabochons for silver pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets, and brooches. Some raw quartz and flint stone is polished in its original shape. I handcraft jet jewellery in genuine Whitby jet from the North Yorkshire coast sourced from an established Whitby supplier.
Where I use other types of gemstones these will also be cut and shaped by hand locally, either by me or my father.
Northumbrian sea glass
The genuine British sea glass in my jewellery is formed from decorative glassware, discarded bottles, even industrial glass which once found its way into the North Sea. Some is evidence of north-east England’s industrial heritage and famous glass-works, the glass-making tradition continued today by Sunderland’s National Glass Centre. The sea glass has been shaped and frosted naturally, tumbled by the North Sea's waves over many years, then washed up by the tide. I collect it by hand on beaches along Northumbria's beautiful coastline. These unique 'sea gems' come in a variety of colours and textures, and some are rare.
HANDCRAFTING A CABOCHON IN NATURAL BRITISH GEMSTONE:
My glass art is a recent addition to Northumbria Gems, and includes small trinket dishes and glass art in designs inspired by nature and local landscapes. I make these in coloured, fused and cast glass.
I have begun adding fused glass jewellery pieces to my jewellery section. I design then make these pieces by hand - most pieces are fused in a kiln, some are cast.