Jewellery Just for You

Bespoke Jewellery A recent conversation with an American friend highlighted that the term “bespoke jewellery” isn’t always associated with custom made jewellery; that is, jewellery especially made to your design. I was born in the UK, have been living in France...

Tips on Buying Jewellery: Gemstones

Flawless Gemstones I recently saw a checklist of tips for buying jewellery for your loved one. One of the tips was to make sure that the gemstone is flawless, that it has no faults. Understanding Gemstones Firstly, one needs to have a good grasp of what a “fault” is....

The Last of the Gold

Autumn Gold Here in the Languedoc region of France, our eyes savour the last of the autumn’s golden colours. After a proliferation of reds and golds displayed in a glorious patchwork of vineyards, the last vestiges of gold are all that remain. A Mix of Gold The...

Workshop Wonders: Pliers

Pliers Poised for Action Every so often, usually at the end of a creative project in the workshop, I have a serious tidy up. The jewellery workshop is just that; a workshop.  A place of tools and equipment, metals and materials, filings and offcuts. As each project...

The Sound of Quality

How We Perceive Quality I love boots. When choosing boots, I look for quality using various senses. The manner in which the leather has been cut and shaped, and the way it has been stitched to the sole, is where the craftsmanship can be seen. The way the leather feels...

Traditional Workmanship of the Goldsmith

Working with My Hands Perhaps I was destined to work with my hands. Today, I work with my hands and my heart as well as my head. The shape of my life has changed enormously. Although from a family of fine art dealers, my first career started in the world of...

The Business of Risk

Risico Means Risk Risico is the name a beautiful barge on the Canal du Midi that I was recently fortunate enough to be aboard. When I enquired about the name, Risico, the gentleman owner explained that it meant Risk and told me the story to accompany it. A Time for...

How Serious an Adventurer Are You?

If Only How many times have you heard someone say how, if only they had such-and-such and opportunity, then they wouldn’t waste it? No indeed, they’d grab it by the horns and give it all they’ve got. Right? Maybe. Yes But When it comes to it, so many...

Preparing for Winter

Preparedness Here in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, winter is cold. Seriously cold. When we moved here almost 7 years ago, we never imagined that winters would be so harsh. We had expected something milder, more temperate. In reality, winters here are...

Dance with Life

Dance When dance is a part of life there’s something special going on. In the words of Baz Luhrmann, Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen) “Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the...