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A heir in the family loom

I haven’t shared much bijoux with you for a while.Banter has been getting in the way!

This creation is part of my B4KY Range and is made entirely of Coral. Whilst it is  nowadays illegal to remove coral from it’s natural habitat in most countries I am almost 100% sure that this coral was not gathered illegally. The coral used in this necklace dates back at least 60 years and belonged to my husband’s, father’s mother. It was passed along to my mother in law who brought it to me in a very sorry state.Having seen the devastating effect that the environment can have on coral I would hate to think that this coral was obtained in any way illegally. I would sooner admire the beauty of nature than a necklace around someone’s neck. Having said this I do occasionally wear it and it’s look stunning!

The B4KY range represents a range of jewellery or stones which already belong to someone but that need either some loving restoration work, a new lease of life or even a beginning. The following photos represent all of the above.

The amber pendant has been transformed from a brooch. My client no-longer wanted the brooch but felt that since the amber had been passed down to her she should keep it. We came up with a simple design which enabled her to wear it to dazzling effect.

The following stones are stunning and the story that goes with it is beautiful. One of my special bridal clients (who I had created the tiara, necklace & earrings for….. asked me to design two special presents for her bridesmaids. The stones were from a beach in New Zealand where she spent her honeymoon. The stones when they arrived at the studio were quite plain and non de script. We managed to drill perfect holes in them without shattering them and then string them. Fiona was delighted with the result – as were her bridesmaids.

The final was a client who was tired with a plain set of stunning pearls and felt that they needed a bit of life putting into them. She actually wanted me to create several pieces from one string. As you can see I managed to design 2 necklaces, an anklet and a stunning pair of earrings.

OK enough of Bijoux – Banter’s back on the perch. Diane with the gorgeous books over at Much of a muchnes has been letting the recent Oscar’s go to her head. What a win for France by the way! And what a beautiful woman too….not to mention her dress.

Anyway, she has honoured me with another award and I am delighted to accept it….now I did write a speech but was frightened of the response I might get particularly since the Oscar audience can be quite cutting……. YOUR OSCAR SPEECH IS BORING

So without any further ado – thanks Diane, I’ll shut up now!

6 thoughts on “A heir in the family loom

  1. Oooh nice creations. My girlfriend isn’t much of a jewelry type person (even if I bought her a Jewelry box for Christmas, because those that she does have she leaves lying all over the place), so I suppose I’m not buying an awful lot of jewelry for her.

    But when I wanted to buy her something which was on Amazon (a company selling through them) for Christmas I was surprised to find that an awful lot of articles, including the one I wanted to buy, was only available to customers in the UK!

    Extensive searches of the original company turned up an exclusivity with Amazon – they were not selling items outside this sevice. Whilst other companies selling something very similar to what I was looking for, were considerably more expensive.


  2. Thanks for the lovely feedback. I offer a unique design service and all of my creations are one off. I hate the idea of someone walking around with exactly the same design as someone else, particularly when a great deal of time has been spent on the initial creation.
    Let me know if I can be of any service in the future… may just get her wearing jewellery. Also I have a fab jewellery display stand that enables you to hang it up rather than hide it away in a box. This way you are more likely to wear something everyday. Will take a photo when I have a minute.


  3. I love to revamp stuff !! Very nice to see people enjoying something that might otherwise lie in a box or be sold out of the family. Great visuals Kylee.


  4. Thanks Kylee, I’ll certainly bear it in mind. As for the jewelry box, it’s still empty. LOL

    This Summer we’ll probably be nearby as we are planning on staying in St Pons de Thomières this August. It’s my girlfriends Mum’s hometown, although for the minute we can’t stay in her Mum’s studio down there as her Step Brother is living there at the moment.


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