A (short) rest...

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A (short) rest...

I haven't had chance to write a blog or newsletter for absolutely ages, so this is well over due! It's been a busy few months, of wedding commissions and my Etsy shop seems to have been really popular too.

My personal life has also been really busy, and at times a bit difficult over the last few months due to having to fight in court to allow my clever but dyslexic and autistic daughter to be home educated! Thankfully that's all sorted now though and she’s absolutely flying along working on GCSE courses from home. Happy times resume!

Because I've been so busy though, I've never looked forward more to having a bit of a break, and so between the 21st of July and the 6th of August, I'm going to be putting my Etsy shop in “holiday mode”. I have another child at school, and so the first couple of weeks of his summer holiday are going to be all about family time! I've never put my shop on holiday before, as I've always just worked in the evenings throughout the summer holidays, but this time, I've decided to switch off from work completely. It's only for the first two weeks though, so I’ll be back at my bench on the 7th Aug. You can still email me during the next two weeks but unless something is a life of death situation, I don't plan to be replying to anything over the next two weeks.

I'm just about to update the website with one final summer and then all the autumn wedding fairs that I currently have booked and then it's time to set up that “out of workshop” email reply! So finally (for now), I just want to say a massive thank you to all of my lovely customers past and present as without you, I wouldn't have a business to be able to take a holiday from!

Anna x

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Rose gold and a huge pear shaped diamond.

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Rose gold and a huge pear shaped diamond.

I think this is the biggest lab created diamond that I've ever set! Made in 9ct white and fashionable rose gold with the stone set to fit over the top of the client's existing ring. The plan is also to re-model an old family wedding ring to go on the other side.

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My blog won an award!

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My blog won an award!

This is a very short post as it's 23:54pm and I should be fast asleep but for some reason, I decided this time of night was just right for checking my website stats. Well, I think I might check a little more regularly from now on because I just found out that last year I was mentioned on a US blog called Eco Salon and that this week my blog won an award for being at number 36 in the top 100 jewellery blogs!! Here's the cool badge that I can now put on my site....

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Something blue turned a bit green.

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Something blue turned a bit green.

Here are a few photos that show the story of how this rather sparkly palladium, moissanite and lab grown emerald ring came to life. I was particularly pleased with this one so thought I'd share a few more than the usual one or two pics on social media. I also thought it might be of interest because of the materials used.

Palladium is a fairly new precious metal that since the massive rise in the price of gold has become increasingly popular. Personally, I love the colour, a which is virtually identical to platinum and also the added bonus that it's really hardwearing.

Moissanite is a lab grown diamond "alternative" which means it's not a diamond but is almost as hard and to be honest, if you didn't tell anyone, they wouldn't know any different. The lab grown emerald is just as it says on the tin (you'll need to be old enough to remember the Ronseal adverts to get that joke)!

Thank you to it's lucky new owner for the last pic and also for the lovely review left on Etsy.

My original sketch. A bespoke version of my "Something Blue" ring available here in my Etsy shop.

Here's the review:

"...What a wonderful ring and a wonderful jeweller and seller on etsy. Anna has been so helpful throughout the whole process and the ring she has made is a wonderful realisation of her creativity and my contributions at design stage. I loved her 'something blue' ring and wanted to alter the idea a little and I am in love with it :) Thanks once again Anna. I've had so many wonderful compliments too. I'll definitely be back to help with a wedding band :)..."

I hope you like to pics and feel free to leave your comments below. Anna x

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