Jewellery designer Anne of Artistic Silversmith is known for silver metalwork jewellery that she crafts by hand in her home-based studio. Join us as she gives more insight into her jewellery-making process and what drew her to join JewelStreet. 

When did you first fall in love with designing and knew you wanted to become a designer?

I fell in love with designing at college. I was doing a jewellery course which included learning how to manufacture and design jewellery.

Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?

Ethical brand values and sustainable brand values and recycled silver.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?

I draw inspiration from my gemstones, which i have shipped from India. From them, I can tell what surround to put on them and what processes to use on the silver. I also take inspiration from Pinterest. I have saved a massive amount of saved pins in an artistic jewellery collection that inspires me and gives me brainwaves.

How do you ensure your designs are ethical and sustainable?

By ensuring the stones are handmade and the silver is recycled. All the jewellery I make is handmade by traditional methods.

How are your products made?

The collection of tools I have is awe-inspiring. I couldn't make my work without my wonderful tools. I have been collecting them for 20 years. Some are artisan tools. For example, I have a finishing machine which is wonderful. I think what really makes my jewellery is the finish I give it... my jewellery tumbler - wow the shine.

How do you source your materials?

I look through gemstone upon gemstone until I find the right one that is special. A lot of products come from Cooksongold.

Can you recall a particular moment with a client that will stay with you forever? Could be a funny horror story or a fond memory.

I remember one lady way back at the beginning who chose not to give me a bad review and instead chose to teach me about customer care. So now I know that the brand goes on even after the jewellery product is made and put in the jewellery pouch - now with a brand little thank you card and money-off voucher compliment slip. I will be grateful to that lady forever.

How do you want someone to feel when they wear/use your designs?

I want them to feel special. There is a lot of work that has gone into that piece of jewellery. A lot of countries have been searched for the materials for for that lovely trinket.

If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?

I was a nurse before, but this runs in the family. My father was a craftsman with wood and my cousin works with stone. I don't think i could have possibly been anything else.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

I suppose it has to be, the minute you see the solder flowing, turn the heat off.

What drew you to JewelStreet?

JewelStreet I've learned a lot from. They are a very professional company. I was with Etsy and I didn't really know what I was doing to sell a piece of jewellery. It's very competitive. JewelStreet teach you.

How do your brand values align with those of JewelStreet?

Honesty is a component of moral character, which is like ethical behaviour, that is where the brand values mesh. Examples of such are integrity, truthfulness and openness, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft etc. Honesty also involves being reliable, trustworthy, loyal, fair and sincere - act to justify trust.

If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?

The aurora opal set in embossed silver with a purple stone.

Which 3 books would you love to have on a desert island?

Violeta by Isabelle Allende. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. The Complete Metalsmith  by Tim McCreight.

Thank you for talking with us Anne!

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