Anna Mcloughlin - Ethical Designer / Goldsmith
Ethical and unique wedding, engagement and eternity rings are award winning goldsmith, Anna Mcloughlin’s speciality!
Each and every one of Anna’s rings are completely made by hand using traditional tools and techniques. Anna LOVES to bring new life to old pieces of jewellery hidden away in drawers, by remodelling them into beautiful new items that you’ll want to treasure and wear every day. Of course if you haven’t got any old jewellery, Anna also works with “new” recycled or fair trade silver, gold, platinum and palladium, lab grown diamonds and ethically mined gemstones.
How It All Started
I was born in Birmingham and graduated from the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery in 2000 but the magic really began to happen in 2010 when I moved out of the city! The wonderful and beautiful countryside that I can see from my window is constantly changing with the seasons and is now the main influence on my designs.
However, my interest in all things arty started at a very early age, when even at primary school, I would often tell my teachers that I was going to be an artist when I grew up! I'm not sure they took me all that seriously at age 5 but I continued to follow this dream all the way through school, taking up residence in the art room and producing numerous drawings, paintings and three dimensional masterpieces!
At age 16, my parents took me to a careers fair, probably hoping that I'd see sense and choose a proper job, but here I discovered that I could study for a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing, and from this point on, I decided that this was going to be my chosen path.
On completion of my degree, I studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and taught Art and Design & Technology full time for several years before finally making the decision to set up as a designer/maker in 2006.
My business has evolved naturally over the last few years, and following a couple of breaks when I had my children, I now find myself becoming an established gold and silversmith, and am able to specialise in designing and making unique one-off pieces, mostly engagement and wedding rings.
My passion for nature and the environment is a constant influence on both my life and my business and I will always choose either fair trade or recycled precious metals (silver, gold, platinum and palladium) where-ever these are available. My diamonds and other gemstones are either lab grown, ethically sourced, or my favourite type - recycled from old jewellery. Everything I make is done so using traditional hand tools and techniques, and I'm always looking for new ways to keep my business as "green" as possible. Recently these have included switching to green energy, buying a “fully” electric car, becoming vegan (apart from a few eggs from my own rescue chickens), and refusing to buy food (or any other product for that matter) with excess plastic packaging.
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