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Allure

  Jeweller of the Month

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Silver ande 18ct gold ring with aquamarine

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9ct gold brooch

 

 

 

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Acorn necklace, silver and gold plate

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Acorn pendant silver and Jasper

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Rose Aquamarine necklace

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Rose Aqua and Green Quartz rings, silver

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Geo, Aquamarine textured disc ring

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Geo, textured disc pendant, silver

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Geo, textured bangle, silver

 

    PAMELA DICKINSON

Pamela Dickinson lives and  produces silver and gold jewellery , plus fine silverware, in Driffield, E. Yorkshire.

 

She is a regular exhibitor at Pyramid Gallery, having supplied the gallery for over 20 years

see more at her website

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CHARLIE HIGH

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An avid interest in the environment and organic forms heavily influences my work. My pieces are visually pleasing and, thanks to a variety of textures, tactile too.

I work mainly in silver, but subtle addition of 18 Carat gold, semi precious stones and beads add touches of light and colour to many of my creations.

 I first started making jewellery in 1995 while living and working in Portugal. Returning to the UK I studied a LOCF course in jewellery design at Chelsea College, London, lead by Tim Carson.

 Since relocating to Brighton in 1999 I have exhibited in the annual May Festival and Christmas ‘Open Houses’. My work is also available in a selection of galleries countrywide.

 I have focused solely on my jewellery business since 2005 and now exhibit at numerous craft and design fairs across the country. My next public fair is ‘Desire’ in Kensington, London, 15-17 March.

 I have also continued my studies, first with an HND at the Guildhall, London, followed by a City & Guilds course in Jewellery and Silversmithing and Fine Jewellery (Advanced Level) at Chichester College.

 

 

 

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previous Allures...

CHARLIE HIGH

JANE MOORE

CATH HILL

SHIRLEY SMITH

KAREN THOMAS

YEN

JOHN & DAWN FIELD

MOXON & SIMM

FIONA MEHRA

KATHARINE YELLAND

HANNAH BEDFORD

LESLEY STRICKLAND

PAUL FINCH

Natalie J Harris

ANNIKA RUTLIN

HOT METAL

LATHAM & NEVE

CATHERINE HILLS

ALISON VARLEY

NICK HUBBARD

LAURA BAXTER

CARLO VERDA

TREVOR FORRESTOR

LINDA MACDONALD

SARAH CHILIA

KATE SMITH

   
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Heart Necklace, silver and enamel

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Necklace, silver and enamel

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Daisdy Brooches, silver and enamel

 

 

 

 

    JANE MOORE

Allure Jeweller of the Month during         November and December 2012

1952 Born North Wales

EDUCATION

1969 Flintshire School of Art
1971-74 Loughborough College of Art and Design (B.A. HONS) Silversmithing and Jewellery

AWARDS

1979 West Midlands Arts Workshop Grant
1993 West Midlands Arts Grant for Chelsea Crafts Fair
1996 The Ted Mahoney Award for Best Traditional Product B.C.T.F.
2001 West Midlands Arts Creative Ambition Award to attend Inhorghenta Munich
2002 West Midlands Arts Creative Ambition Award to research applying ceramic transfers to enamels
2006 Winner of The Kayman Award for a collection of silver jewellery sponsored by the BJA
2007 Commendation Design & Craftsmanship awards Goldsmiths’ Company

PART TIME LECTURING EXPERIENCE

1974-79 Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education
1975-79 Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry
1988-90 Mid Warwickshire of College Further Education
1990-92 East Warwickshire of College Further Education
1991 Demontford University, Leicester
1991-94 Coventry University

RECENT SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2004 Jewellery Unlimited ACJ Bristol
2006 ‘Origin’ London Craft Fair, Crafts Council
2009 Dazzle, Glasgow
2008 Art in Action, Oxford
2008 Dazzle, Edinburgh
2008 ‘Origin’ London Craft Fair, Crafts Council
2008 Dazzle, Manchester (Christmas)

2008 'Fired Up' The Scottish gallery, Edinburgh

2008 Bowie Gallery @ Hay on Wye

2008 Liverpool Design show


 

COLLECTIONS

Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Stafford Museum and Art Gallery
Shugborough Hall
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Liverpool Art Gallery and Museum

MEMBERSHIPS

B.S.O.E. Full member & selection committee
D.J.G. Full member
A.C.J. Full member
B.J.A. Full member & committee member

COMMISSIONS

1996 Tony Blairs’ Christmas gifts
2001 Major project for The British Museum
2001 Opened a contemporary jewellery gallery in Leamington Spa
2004 Judge for the British Jewellers Association @ Harrogate British Craft Trade Fair

2009 closed gallery and moved workshop to home

2009 a collection of jewellery for the 'Shah Abbas' @ The British Museum'

The process begins in my sketch book. I then draw the designs on a computer in solid black and white and arrange them economically on a sheet, the black areas being silver. I send this with a sheet of sterling silver to a company who photo etch the design onto the metal so that the white areas of the design become recessed. I then cut out the seperate pieces, file and finish the edges and fill the recesses with opalescent white enamel which is fired at 800 degrees. The excess enamel has to be ground back using a diamond abrasive before each piece is then refired to glaze the surface. Then I apply a transfer and the piece is fired once again and more transfers may be applied to create a layered affect. The reverse of the piece is then finished and findings, such as brooch joint and catch, are soldered on. Finally the piece is oxidised (blackened) and polished.

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'Return' pendant, silver, amalgam

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'Vincent' silver, amalgam pendant

 

    CATH HILL

Allure Jeweller of the Month during         September and October 2012

'My new work ‘Vincent’ is named after one of my heroes Vincent Van Gogh. Having used muted colours for a while, I wanted to use brighter colours this year and the enamel colours used are very much influenced by Van Gogh’s use of vivid colour.

I have long admired Vincent Van Gogh’s work. I feel that he has been a part of my life since I was very young. As a child, my eye was drawn especially to the vibrant colours and the way his images seem to move with their swaying skies and 3D layers of paint.

So, after almost 30 years I am paying my own homage to the great man. '  Cath Hill 2012

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Picasso Stone pendant

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    KAREN THOMAS

FROM 1 FEB UNTIL 10 MARCH 2012

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Karen Thomas is a jewellery designer and maker, originally from the Midlands, who has been living and working in York for over fourteen years. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Jewellery (UCE) in 1998 with a BA(hons) degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. She has worked in a busy trade workshop and taught jewellery making at a local college and school, while also producing her own designs. She now concentrates solely on creating her beautiful, wearable ranges of jewellery, limited editions, one off pieces and commissions. She uses traditional jewellery making techniques;  mainly working in silver, sometimes in gold. She sells her work through galleries across Europe.

I love the process of creating functional, wearable pieces of jewellery, be it constructing a mount for an unusual stone or handcrafting a master, making a mould and running off waxes in order to generate cast units so I can produce ranges of silver jewellery that are affordable.

 My designs are inspired by the world around me. Whilst studying in Birmingham many of my pieces echoed the city’s industrial past. Now in North Yorkshire I take inspiration from the landscape and its colours. I am particularly drawn to the natural forms of the dramatic North East coastline. This is clearly evident in my Silver Shell Collection which comprises four ranges created with solid silver castings made using moulds of actual shells. Also the chunky claw set Pebble Collection which celebrates the natural beauty of the shapes and colours of the seashore. In contrast, living in the beautiful, historic city of York has also had an impact on my work, some of my designs reflecting the shapes and forms seen in the magnificent architecture.

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Shoreline necklace, oxidised silver and 9ct gold

 

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cockle shell earrings, silver and 9ct gold

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Sand pendant, silver and gold plate

 
    SHIRLEY SMITH

FROM 11 MARCH UNTIL MAY 2012

My work has always been influenced by found objects. A beachcombing ’addict’, my latest collections reflect my fascination with the eclectic detritus to be found on the shore-line. Eroded pebbles, scraps of rusted metal, fragments of shell and strands of sea weed along with other found objects are translated into a range of jewellery that is characterized by simple shapes and subtle textures.

 

I mostly work with silver, adding various carats of gold for colour and detail.  Some of my work is gilded with 22ct gold. Other pieces use an ancient Korean technique called Keum Boo, which sees pure gold foil burnished onto the silver to produce a permanent bond.  I frequently oxidise silver to provide a dramatic contrast against the gold.

 

Most designs are made in limited editions, with additional one off pieces being produced for exhibitions or as commissioned items.

 

 
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    YEN

FROM 7 DECEMBER UNTIL 20 JANUARY 2012

Yen Duong is the founder and designer of Yen Jewellery. She remains uncompromising in her passion for distinctive jewellery since establishing the company in 1996 and continues to uphold her design ideals. By experimenting and reinventing her work, she maintains a freshness and energy while retaining the essence that gives distinction to the Yen Jewellery brand.

Yen has worked from her Bloomsbury studio for 15 years, exploring jewellery beyond traditional conceptions making her work exciting and rich in depth. She sells directly to her loyal customers from her London studio through a range of prestigious exhibitions and galleries such as Sotheby’s, The Goldsmiths’ Company, The Fine Art Society and The Crafts Council. The Yen Jewellery collection has sold through retails stores including Liberty of London, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

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