Claire M Gilbert Jewellery Design

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Watercast Silver Pendants and Earrings with Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Watercast Silver Pendants and Earrings with Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Contemporary Sterling Silver Circle Set

Contemporary Sterling Silver Circle Set

Heavy Sterling Silver T-Bar Bangle

Heavy Sterling Silver T-Bar Bangle

Biography

My mission is to design and create, from scratch, simple, stunning silver jewellery with an edge and at an affordable price.

I pride my work on each and every piece being unique, due to many organic elements to my techniques, such as my watercast and reticukated jewellery (see box 4) and I always strive for the highest quality in my work.

Every year I keep some timeless designs in my range as well as ensuring I have new creations and collections for my customers.

My vision is to grow my business via Etsy next year, whilst continuing to focus on my local stalls.

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I found my passion for silversmithing after I gave up work to bring up my two babies back in 2010. I enrolled on a part-time silversmithing course at Mid-Warwckshire College, thinking it would provide a little break from nappies and playgroups. From my first class, I was absolutely hooked and over the next nine years, I developed my skills through college, books, internet, trial and error and determintation.

I live and breathe jewellery and find it so rewarding to think of a design, work out how best to create it and see the final result. It truly brings me so much pleasure. On the selling side, I love meeting new and returning customers and the atmosphere of festivals and markets.

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I have my own home workshop from where I work during school hours.

I work with 925 sterling silver and 935 Argentium silver in sheet or wire form and using traditional silversmithing methods, I saw, solder, sand, hammer and polish the silver to create my designs.

I make my signature watercast silver jewellery by melting molten silver into cold water, which makes the most beautiful organic cups and shapes. I then solder bails or add pearls to finish my jewellery.

Other techniques I use to create unique jewellery include fusing silver wire to create a bark effect texture or reticulating silver (heating the piece several times) to create different effects.