Archive | Remembrance Jewellery

‘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

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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Remembrance Poppy Pendants

Jewellery can not only celebrate the positive events that happen in ours lives but can also mark the sad times too. Our Remembrance pieces have become a really beautiful way to do just that. Ashes from a lost one can be incorporated into a piece and worn close to the heart.

It was such an honour to be asked to make these pieces for two sisters to represent the sudden passing of their beloved third sister.. Solid gold & silver Poppies set with their birthstones at the front, the reverse of the pendants are set with the ashes behind a Rock Crystal made to be worn close to the heart. The gold version has two more elements, a silver feather & golden heart, further representing such a lovely lady..

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The finished piece, yellow gold open heart and Poppy set with Amethyst and silver feather.

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Silver set with Turquoise.

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The finished gold group.

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Adding the ashes to the back of the piece, the crystal holds them in place.

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The reverse of the Poppies.

For lots more examples, check out our ‘Bespoke Archive’ and as usual, please phone ahead to book an appointment to discuss any ideas that you may have.

Thats all for now Sophie X

 

Baby Hair Pendants

Our Baby Hair pendants have become hugely popular gifts for mothers over the last few years. The idea came to me when we had our son Rex. Partly pinching from the Victorian locket idea, I wanted to incase a lock of Rex’s hair. Setting tiny strands of baby hair behind a clear stone such as an Aquamarine, or Rock Chrystal, actually magnifies the hair. I have set up to three children’s hair behind a single stone before and as long as there is a difference in hair colour, the shades can easily be identified.

Here’s a few of my favourites..

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The hair from two children being prepared and added to the charm.

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This one was from a new born, very little hair but worked beautifully.

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The hair from 3 sisters set in 9ct gold onto the mothers existing Pieces of Eight bangle.

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Hair from a brother and sister set onto a heart shaped pendant.