About Northumbria Gems
I started Northumbria Gems in 2010, 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, in this 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.
I continue to live and work in the north-east of England, where I design and make my jewellery and glass art.
Jewellery with a difference
I create unique jewellery from design to completion, combining stone-cutting and silversmithing skills. The cabochons are ethically made, as I handcraft my own gemstone and increasingly use recycled silver.
Natural Gemstone & Northumbria Sea Glass collection
I collect gemstone and sea glass by hand among Northumberland’s wild, remote hills and along Northumbria’s unspoilt coastline, places which inspire my designs. These are local, sustainable resources which lend themselves to beautiful and unique jewellery.
Natural stone & semi-precious gemstone
I collect natural British quartz, carnelian, jasper, flint, agate and fossil stone here in the north of England. With these I handcraft cabochons for silver pendants and earrings, rings, bracelets, and brooches, and I polish some raw quartz and flint in its original shape. The jet jewellery is handcrafted 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 or 'sea gems'
The sea glass is formed from decorative glassware, bottles and 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 Glass Centre. These unique British 'sea gems' come in a variety of colours and textures, some rare. They have been shaped and frosted naturally, tumbled by the sea's waves over many years, then washed up by the tide along Northumbria's beautiful coastline, where I collect them by hand.
HANDCRAFTING A CABOCHON IN NATURAL BRITISH GEMSTONE:
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.