Making Designer Jewellery 

Making Designer Jewellery 

From the first shiver of inspiration to the last polish of a beautiful handmade necklace: there is a lot that goes into the making of any piece of handmade designer jewellery. That’s why I wanted to explain in a little more detail exactly what happens in the design,...
What is Contemporary Jewellery Design?

What is Contemporary Jewellery Design?

Contemporary jewellery design is the practice of making jewellery which is strongly rooted in the present; creating pieces which reflect our current cultures, attitudes to life and ways of working. What is considered contemporary will vary from person to person; alot...
Innovator Business Award Finalist

Innovator Business Award Finalist

Helen Swan Jewellery Oh did I mention my nomination… Really pleased to be nominated then selected as one of three finalist from a hundred entrants throughout Scotland. SCOTTISH WOMEN IN BUSINESS Scottish Woman in Business, known affectionately by all as SWIB,...
Innovator Award Finalist

Innovator Award Finalist

INNOVATOR AWARD FINALIST Helen Swan Jewellery As a jeweller I get great pleasure in making my clients happy but it’s not often that I get formal recognition for my achievements, that is not what motivates me, but every now and again it’s really nice for...

3 IMPORTANT and INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT the GARNET in JANUARY

January- Birthstone Garnet By her who in this month is born No gem save garnets should be worn; They will ensure her constancy, True friendship and fidelity. Unknown Tiffany&Co. Pamphlet 1870. 3 Important and Interesting Facts about January’s Birthstone the...
SENTIMENTAL JEWELLERY

SENTIMENTAL JEWELLERY

SENTIMENTAL JEWELLERY Hi Helen I wanted to let u know I’m delighted with the earrings you designed for me, really lovely & very nice to wear. I hope your show went well Regards, Renee Bring your Past into the Present; The Circle of Life Do you have jewellery...
A  MERRY XMAS from Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

A MERRY XMAS from Helen Swan Designer Jewellery

A MERRY XMAS from Helen Swan Designer Jewellery The Xmas season is here again and Helen wishes you a joyous time and a healthy and prosperous 2016 Pause and take a thought for Jewellers at this time of year it is a very busy time THE PLANNING. For me, the planning of...
3 Interesting Facts About November’s Birthstone The Topaz

3 Interesting Facts About November’s Birthstone The Topaz

Three Interesting Facts About November’s Birthstone The Topaz Who first comes to this world below, In dreary November‘s fog and snow, Should prize the Topaz amber hue, Emblem of friends and lovers true. Unknown. NOVEMBER’S BIRTHSTONE In this month’s...
3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT OCTOBERS BIRTHSTONE THE OPAL

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT OCTOBERS BIRTHSTONE THE OPAL

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT OCTOBERS BIRTHSTONE THE OPAL October- Opal October’s child is born for woe, And life’s vicissitudes must know, But lay an opal on her breast, And hope will lull those woes to rest. Unknown. THE OPAL BIRTHSTONE Opal is a precious...
PMC Precious Metal Clay workshop

PMC Precious Metal Clay workshop

PMC Precious Metal Clay workshop One of many Leisure Classes that I run at Helen Swan Designer Jewellery. Introduction What is PMC? PMC has particles of Fine Silver suspended in a binder which makes the material pliable like clay. The clay originated in Japan and...
3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SEPTEMBERS BIRTHSTONE THE SAPPHIRE

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SEPTEMBERS BIRTHSTONE THE SAPPHIRE

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SEPTEMBERS BIRTHSTONE THE SAPPHIRE September Sapphire A maiden born when Sepetember leaves, Are rustling in September’s breeze, A sapphire on her brow should bind ‘Twill cure diseases of the mind. Unknown. Sapphire The sapphire is...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR AUGUST THE PERIDOT

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR AUGUST THE PERIDOT

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR AUGUST THE PERIDOT August- Peridot He stole eyes from a milk-glass moon, From drops of peridot scattered at sea, Hidden beneath a moon-shadowed ruin Or from what rare ocean his being might be. Unknown The Peridot Known...
3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JULY, THE RUBY

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JULY, THE RUBY

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JULY, THE RUBY July- Ruby designer jewellery The glowing ruby shall adorn, Those who in July are born; Then they’ll be exempt and free From love’s doubts and anxiety Unknown THE RUBY IN DESIGNER JEWELLERY Ruby is...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY FATHER’S DAY A new celebration Unlike Mother’s day, Father’s Day is a relatively new celebration. It originated back in June 1910 in the USA, and we Briton’s soon cottoned on. It’s all thanks...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE PEARL THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE PEARL THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE PEARL THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE JUNE- The pearl The sea hath its pearls, The heaven hath its stars; But my heart, my heart, My heart hath its love. The Sea Hath Its Pearls Heinrich Heine. THE PEARL Pearl differs from the usually...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALLADIUM JEWELLERY

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALLADIUM JEWELLERY

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALLADIUM JEWELLERY PRECIOUS METALS In our current “Birthstone Series” of blogs we are examining many precious stones like Diamonds and Emeralds but what can you do with them Precious metals like Gold and Platinum are...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR MAY, THE EMERALD

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIRTHSTONE FOR MAY, THE EMERALD

3 Interesting Facts About The Birthstone For May, The Emerald Who first beholds the light of day In Spring’s sweet flowery month of May And wears an emerald all her life Shall be a loved and happy wife. Unknown The Emerald Like March’s aquamarine (who you...
3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT APRILS BIRTHSTONE THE DIAMOND

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT APRILS BIRTHSTONE THE DIAMOND

3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT APRILS BIRTHSTONE THE DIAMOND APRIL- Birthstone the diamond She who from April dates her years, Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears. For vain repentance flaw; this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known. Unknown. This month, Interesting Facts...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MOTHER’S DAY

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MOTHER’S DAY

3 Interesting Facts About Mother’s Day from Helen Swan Designer Jewellery Mothers Day A tradition going back over a hundred years and nowadays, is associated with outpourings of gifts, cards and spring’s first flowers. However, the history of...
3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AQUAMARINES FOR MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AQUAMARINES FOR MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AQUAMARINES FOR MARCH BIRTHDAYS MARCH- Birthstone Aquamarine A March born shall always be Soothes by aqua, gem of sea, This mermaid’s treasured stone you’ll wear, Will bring happiness, love, affection and care. Unknown THE...

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