About

About Northumbria Gems

I am based in the north-east of England, and founded Northumbria Gems in 2010 when I began handcrafting jewellery in natural British gemstone, collected locally by hand. With a lovely collection of genuine sea glass from years of trips to beaches along our coast I included 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 use stone-cutting and silversmithing skills to make unique jewellery pieces handmade from design to completion.  The cabochons are ethically made as I cut and shape my own gemstone, and increasingly I use recycled silver.

These silver jewellery pieces, where stated, are also hallmarked - this will normally depend on the size or silver weight.

Natural Gemstone & Northumbria Sea Glass collection

I collect these these local, sustainable resources along Northumbria’s unspoilt coastline and among Northumberland’s wild, remote hills, places which inspire my designs. They really lend themselves to beautiful and unique jewellery pieces.

Natural stone & semi-precious gemstone

My jewellery includes pieces in natural British quartz, carnelian, jasper, flint, agate or fossil stone, which I collect in the north of England. With these I handcraft cabochons for silver pendants and earrings, rings, bracelets, and brooches but also polish some raw quartz and flint 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 varieties of gemstone, I will mention this in the listing - the cabochons will always be cut and shaped by hand by me or my father.

Northumbrian sea glass

This is formed from decorative glassware, discarded bottles or industrial glass which found its way into the North Sea. Some is evidence of the north-east’s industrial heritage and famous glass-works, the glass-making tradition continued 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 this by hand along Northumbria's beautiful coastline. These unique British  'sea gems' come in a variety of colours and textures, and some are rare.

HANDCRAFTING  A CABOCHON IN NATURAL BRITISH GEMSTONE:

Identifying rocks and minerals can be difficult due to their variety, but each stone I collect is identified to the best of my knowledge, amd with careful reference.

To preserve our environment I follow UK guidelines on collecting natural resources sustainably.

GLASS

My glass art is a recent addition to Northumbria Gems, and includes small trinket and jewellery 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 which I design and make by hand - most pieces are fused in a kiln, some are cast.

Northumbria Gems jewellery and glass is available through my website shop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch via my contact page.

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Northumbria Gems - established 2010