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‘Flight’ Collection

This concept came about after talking to a regular customer. Years ago I made a collection of automated objects in silver & slate, scenes that came to life when their little handles were turned. Grasses swayed in the breeze, a Noah’s ark bobbed in the waves, ducks swam amongst bullrushes etc some of which were commissions but some I couldn’t bring myself to sell as they meant too much to me & they remain on display in our boutique. I’d been wanting to revisit them & after our chat about sadly loosing both of her parents, I suggested a new kind of vessel to store ashes that would signify flight within each scene. Again using silver & slate, the ashes could be held within the silver & slate box. I’ve loved working on these can’t wait to explore their potential with not only storing ashes but for christening gifts (I could work to any theme), wedding or anniversary gifts or just as objects for the home.

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The elements ready to secure into the base.

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‘Fleeting’. Solid Silver and Slate.

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‘Flight’. Solid Silver and Slate.

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‘Beneath the Moonlight’. Solid silver and slate.

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The whole collection.

For price details or to discuss a bespoke piece that you may have in mind, email info@honeybournejewellery.com or call the shop Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm 01983 854618

New On-line Ring Collection Coming Soon

Not long now until we unveil our online store engagement and wedding band collection. Eek, excited!. We’ve selected our favourite designs which will be available to buy ‘off the peg’ very soon… Watch this space for further details or sign up to our newsletter for special offers…

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Inherited Neckpiece

I loved making this piece. A surprise anniversary gift from husband to wife using an array of inherited bits of gold and stones they had collected over the years. I rolled down and forged a chunky gold wedding band to form the chain part of the piece, linking the back section with oxidised silver links. The Pieces of Eight were made from melted down gold and finished with rough, heavy hammered texture, set with Diamonds and Sapphires. Each piece representing a member of their family and stamped on the reverse with their dob’s. I just received the following email from him…

Dear Sophie,

I had to write and say how brilliantly stunning the necklace is. The subtle mounting of the diamonds and sapphires from my dear aunties antique rings has now given them a new audience. From the small idea we discussed you have produced a piece of jewellery that now carries with it such significant memories and has made a truly wonderful gift. Thank you so much.

Big smiles all round 🙂

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The inherited gold.

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Deconstructing the old gold ready to transform..

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A different stone on the back of each ‘piece of eight’, pictured alongside the leftover gold.

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The finished piece!

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How to do Bespoke!

Bespoke jewellery is what we do best. Over the last 20 years, I have worked alongside 1000’s of clients, designing and making their perfect pieces of jewellery. From dramatic neckpieces & men’s jewellery, wedding  & engagement rings, right through to signed and framed pictures.  Myself and my two Honeybourne Jewellery colleagues, Raff & Emily, can make the entire spectrum on the premises..

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For our full range, check out our ‘Bespoke Archive’.We pride ourselves on making life as easy as possible for our customer’s as we understand that it can be a daunting task placing that initial order but we feel that our years of expertise and relaxed and friendly approach will put you at ease. We feel that it is testament to our passionate approach that keeps our customers coming back time and time again.

Relax, bespoke doesn’t have to be daunting! Here are some frequently asked questions answered..

“I want to propose to my partner, I think I know her style but I don’t have her exact size” This is a common issue as guessing the size and style can be an almost impossible task but relax, we have the answer!. We have lots of rings in many different styles in stock that can be bought and used for the special proposal. As long as the ring is un-worn (no problem to use it for the all important social media announcement!) the happy couple can make an appointment together where we can discuss designing and making up the real mccoy adding her design input. The original ring is then returned to us (please note, terms for this service apply, ask for more details). On some occasions, we can make a ‘mock up’ ring for the proposal using silver and semi precious stones. The final piece is then made (addressing any design ‘tweaks’ from the bride) in gold and precious stones such as Diamonds.

“Can I use old stones and gold” Yes! We love nothing more than to remove old stones from old fashioned settings, incorporating them into brand new Honeybourne Jewellery style designs. We can also provide any stones required to suit any budget. Although we cannot melt down old gold to make new jewellery, we can use it for detail and design (see our ‘Bespoke Archive’ for more info)

“How long does it take to have something made” That depends on the piece. Our personalised jewellery, such as our ‘Pieces of Eight’ collections, bookmarks and keyrings, can be made as quickly as 2-3 days. More intricate, involved pieces such as engagement rings or pieces using inherited stones and gold can take between 4-8 weeks but we try to be as accommodating as is possible. If using inherited material, we often make a silver ‘mock-up’ for the customer to try before they decide on the final design at no extra cost. It’s extremely  important to us that they are 100% happy with every aspect before the final piece is made. This allows our customer’s to have full input and involvement from start to finish with our guidance.

“Can I just turn up at the boutique and order or do I need to make an appointment” Our shop opening hours are Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. We are always happy for customers to pop in for a browse, a try on or just to gather inspiration and our team are fully trained in taking an array of commissions, such as our personalised pieces and Pieces of Eight jewellery, ‘off the peg’ enamels in different shades, advising on ring sizing etc. However, if you want to discuss more complex designs, please always phone ahead to book an appointment with me (Sophie!) or to see if I’m in the workshop as I’m not always available as very busy creating current commissions.

“How much extra does it cost to have bespoke” Having something ‘bespoke’ ( handmade for you), doesn’t make it more expensive than buying ‘off the peg’. The cost depends on the materials used, silver or gold etc, and the complexity of the design and how long it may take to make. We do not charge extra for bespoke, we provide quotes before we proceed with any order and are also more than happy to work to your budget, providing ‘menu style’ options to choose from.

“Help, I can’t draw, do I have to provide sketches ” No! We pride ourselves on making pieces for all, from those who have exact ideas of what they want to those who have only a tiny ‘spark’ of an idea. We can advise throughout.

“Can I see other pieces that people have had made” Yes! Our Bespoke Archive is our unique collection of our favourite pieces from the last 20 years. It also shows the width and breadth of what we can achieve for you. We don’t include prices as the pieces are too personal and are often gifts, so please call the shop for details Mon-Sat 10am-5pm 01983 854618 

For any more info, please drop us a line on info@honeybournejewellery.com or pop in to see us. We very much look forward to creating your ideas.. X

Wedgwood Anti-Slavery Piece

This was a real honour to work on. A couple asked me to design and make a suitable housing for their antique porcelain Wedgwood anti slavery medallion. Inspired by Victorian ‘Dome Frames’, I constructed a wall mounted, miniature frame in silver, setting the piece behind a Rock Crystal cabochon which magnified the minute detail. They loved it, phew!.

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The medallion as I received it.

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Setting the medallion behind a cabochon rock crystal.

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The finished piece.

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For price details or to discuss a bespoke piece that you may have in mind, email info@honeybournejewellery.com or call the shop Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm 01983 854618 

Easy Christmas Tree Treats!

The perfect tree gift 🎄Our classic enamel Pod studs & new ‘Mini Pieces of Eight’ charms stamped with festive themed designs.. Packaged & boxed with a length of leatherette to thread onto. What could be easier! Prices start from £12 For more info or for price enquiries, pop into the shop for a browse or email info@honeybournejewellery.comhj_blog_christmas_gifts_3hj_blog_christmas_gifts_2hj_blog_christmas_gifts_1

Enamelled Dala Horse Pendants

A tad too early to share these but we’re way too excited! Our hand pierced, double layered Swedish inspired Dala Horses are just about to be enamelled in their trademark vivid red, blue & green coats.. Very nearly ready for the shop, what this space!

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Each piece has been hand pierced & layered onto a backing.

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Adding the Vitreous enamel colour, ready to be fired in the kiln.

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Gold Set Tooth

One for the macabre lovers amongst us!. I was asked to set this molar into a gold setting for a man. As my regular customers may know, I’m quite fascinated by Victorian jewellery and love how they made quite dark and macabre objects into beautiful pieces. Most would agree that teeth aren’t that pretty but turn them upside down and there’s something very ‘sea life creature’ about them. This particular tooth had rather beautiful roots that reminded me of coral and so I worked the design and setting to their advantage giving it a sea creature feel. My aim was that at first glance, one wouldn’t know what the piece originally was.

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Guess How Much I Love You

I loved recreating such a beautiful story within this silver pendant for a mother to give to her daughter on her 21st birthday. Stamped on the back was “to the moon & back”. I’m sure she won’t mind me saying but she got choked up describing how much the book meant to them both 

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For price details or to discuss a bespoke piece that you may have in mind, email info@honeybournejewellery.com or call the shop Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm 01983 854618