About me

Looking to escape the world of finance, and to return to my passion for creating art, I finally found my "calling" a few years ago.   I was offered the chance to retrain with Nik Stanbury and Julie Moss at York School of Jewellery, and I am currently based at the school in York.  


Working with precious metals and gemstones, I love the process of bringing my ideas to life. Using traditional skills I transform flat sheets of metal into beautiful and wearable art.


I live in a rural village near York, and inspiration comes from my fascination for nature, for the textures, shapes and curves found all around.



About design


My jewellery is designed using elements from one of my observational drawings, creating unique "one off" pieces.   


I also enjoy collaborating with clients on commissions, transforming ideas from imagination - to sketchbook - to reality.  


I use a careful selection of precious metals, including sterling through to fine (pure) silver, 18 and 22 carat gold, together with precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Please contact me if you would like to arrange a commission.

About events


York Open Studios 2020 -  18/19 and 25/26 April  10am - 5pm


York Frost Fair December 2019

York Open Studios 2019

Saltaire Makers Fair November 2018

York Open Studios 2018


About The Beautiful Splint Company CIC

As well as being passionate about my own jewellery design business, I am also Co-director/Maker of Yorkshire based company, “The Beautiful Splint Company CIC”.


Working closely with healthcare professionals across the UK, we design and create bespoke orthotic splints. These splints provide support for hand, wrist and finger conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis and hyper-mobility syndrome) whilst being beautiful pieces of jewellery in their own right.






"Beautful delicate jewellery with simplicity yet wonderful impact"​

"Different to the usual thats around"

"Love your ethereal style, beautifuly done"

"Really pretty work, delicate with a difference"



Beautiful Splint Company   https://www.thebeautifulsplintcompany.co.uk/


York school of jewellery       https://www.yorkschoolofjewellery.co.uk/

Stanbury & Moss                      http://www.stanburyandmoss.co.uk/


Cooksongold                                  https://www.cooksongold.com/ 

Argex                                               https://argex.co.uk/


R M Weare                                     https://www.facebook.com/pg/R.M.Weare/about/

A E Ward                                        https://www.wardgemstones.com/


H S Walsh                                       https://www.hswalsh.com/

Cooksongold                                  https://www.cooksongold.com/ 

Proops                                             https://www.proopsbrothers.com/


London assay office                      https://www.assayofficelondon.co.uk/

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