July updates

I hope you are keeping well in these current, often challenging, times.

As our delivery services were particularly stretched earlier this year due to the Covid-19 situation, I temporarily paused sending orders during March and April. I resumed posting out orders early in May.

If you have been a visitor to Northumbria Gems before, you will see that my home page looks a bit different, as I have been able to spend time updating the layout and images. My shop pages should work in the same way as before (I have made some of the text a bit bigger, though).

I hope you will like the recent additions to my shop, some newly-made sea glass and sea pottery necklaces (one example below), and a men’s Whitby jet hammered silver ring. I have also begun adding more chain length options to many of my necklaces.

Blue Patterned Sea Pottery Pendant handmade in a piece of antique sea-washed tile gathered on the Northumbrian coast of England.
English Sea Pottery Necklace from Northumbria Gems

Free standing glass art

A new glassware design inspired by Northumberland’s ancient rock carvings. I have now completed two standing pieces – one in amber glass, this one in chartreuse green. I am currently making larger, square glass tiles, to be hung on a wall or in a window.

You might like to see my recent silver jewellery, too – I will be adding more pieces soon.

New handcrafted glass art

New handcrafted art glass

New handcrafted art glass: A recent addition to Northumbria Gems is handcrafted glass - trinket dishes, in designs inspired by nature and local landscapes, which I make in coloured fused glass. I am currently making glass art pieces which will be suitable for hanging or setting on stands. Once completed these also will be available from Northumbria Gems website.

Hammered copper cuff bracelets

Hammered copper cuff bracelets

Hammered copper cuff bracelets

I hand-forge the copper wrist band and create a textured, hammered surface pattern. The firing and texture gives the bracelet an aged or rustic appearance, also emphasising its handmade nature, and making each bracelet unique. I lightly polish the risen surfaces, which leaves the hammered dents coloured from the oxidisation created when firing.

New Whitby jet jewellery

New Whitby jet jewellery:

I am now handcrafting natural Whitby jet which is then set in silver.

About Whitby jet:

Whitby jet is a black gemstone in a fossilised wood deriving from a species similar to the Monkey Puzzle tree. Jet can acquire a deep sheen when finely polished. It was widely used for jewellery and hair ornaments in the later Roman period, in Britain, and regained popularity in the Victoria era.

According to Wikipedia, the jet found at Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast of England (in the British Isles), is "approximately 182 million years old". The raw jet I use has been sourced from an established supplier in Whitby (historically in Northumbria), and has been handcrafted into cabochons by me or my father, then set in silver.

Already completed is a large, silver Celtic knot cross pendant set with a cabochon that I have handcrafted in genuine Whitby jet.

 

You can see more of my Whitby jet jewellery here.

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish all my customers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in 2018!

I hope your First-foot brings you luck in the coming New Year.

Sterling silver sea glass necklace

Handcrafted sterling silver sea glass necklace

Another example of original handcrafted silver jewellery from Northumbria Gems is this sea glass bezel pendant.

The pendant was made using a piece of oval, frosted Northumbrian sea glass collected by hand on the lovely north-east coast of England. I forged a thick bezel in sterling silver using traditional silversmith techniques. The bezel was made to fit exactly around the outer of the sea glass to keep its original shape, and a matching bail added. The result is this original Northumbrian seaglass necklace, which is also fully UK hallmarked.

As I use only genuine sea glass in my jewellery every piece of sea glass used will be slightly different, and each new pendant will be unique.

White English Sea Glass Bezel Pendant. A 'Made to order' unique silverwork pendant made to order with frosted white sea glass which I collect in the region of of Northumbria, England, in the UK. I hand-craft the sterling silver bezel, using silverwork techniques, around the unique shape of the piece of sea glass.

Unique Sea Glass Bezel Necklace from Northumbria Gems.

More of my silver and sea glass jewellery can be viewed here.

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Elusive nature / collecting sea glass

Elusive nature / collecting sea glass

I spotted this tiny scarlet pimpernel flower at the edge of a path on a warm summer’s day, after collecting sea glass for my handmade jewellery. This was a coastal path at Whitley Bay, on the lovely north-east coast of England. The scarlet pimpernel is one of our native wildflowers, and it appears in England during the summer months, around May to September. You can see why author Baroness D’Orczy named her hero after the flower, as it is so easy to miss.

My silver jewellery designs are inspired by history and nature, Northumberland’s wild uplands and windswept coast by the North Sea.

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Handcrafted original jewellery

Handcrafted original jewellery.

I have just added these first original jewellery pieces which are handmade in textured silverwork. The pieces shown are in textured silver set with a handcrafted British white quartz gemstone which I have collected locally by hand. I have made these pieces myself from design to finish in natural stone and silver.

The matching pendant and earrings are available together or separately.

I will be adding more original, silverwork pieces in the near future.