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".

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.

Sterling silver sea glass necklace

Handcrafted sterling silver sea glass necklace.

Here is another example of original Northumbria Gems handcrafted silver jewellery.

The technique:

First I select a rounded, frosted piece of Northumbrian sea glass, which I have collected earlier by hand on the lovely north-east coast of England. Then I hand-forge a sterling silver bezel, using silversmith techniques, to fit around the outer shape. The result is an original Northumbrian sea glass necklace.

I use only genuine sea glass in my jewellery. Every piece of sea glass used will be slightly different, so each pendant will be entirely 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 silver and sea glass jewellery pieces can be viewed here.

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Elusive nature

Elusive nature / sea glass collecting.

Spotted this tiny scarlet pimpernel flower on a warm summer’s day after collecting sea glass for my handmade jewellery, at Whitley Bay, Northumbria, here in North East 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 Baroness D’Orczy named her elusive hero after the flower, as it is so easy to miss.

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Handcrafted original jewellery

Handcrafted original jewellery.

Just adding Northumbria Gems original pieces, which are handmade in textured silverwork. Some are set with handcrafted Northumbrian white quartz which I collect by hand. I have designed and made these pieces myself from scratch in natural stone or sea glass, and silver.

The matching pendant and earrings are available together or separately.

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

Hello world! Welcome to Northumbria Gems.

Welcome to Northumbria Gems’ new and updated website! Northumbria Gems jewellery is made from natural Northumbrian stone, and sea glass, which has been hand collected here in the Northumbria region of England.

The photograph you can see here is Bamburgh Castle, on the coast of Northumberland. The view here is from the sand dunes.

Northumberland is the northernmost county of Northumbria, the north-east region in which I live and make my natural stone and sea glass jewellery.

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