From an early age, Lucy Flint had a passion for making things and a fondness for flowers and nature. Jewellery making and metalwork initially started out as a hobby for Lucy, before she took time away from her day job as a Forensic Scientist, to take a silversmithing course at The London Jewellery School.
The course sparked her passion for intricate designs and made Lucy realise that this was something she wanted to pursue. She set up her spare room and started practising and developing techniques to become stronger at her craft. Lucy went on to study all aspects of jewellery making, including casting, polishing and stone setting, before opening her boutique and workshop in 2014. After moving away from London, Lucy opened her first boutique and workshop in Melton Mowbray. Today, she is based in Oakham and has her own shop which is filled with her jewellery and other creations from independent businesses.
Lucy creates intricate nature-inspired designs, using traditional silversmithing and goldsmithing techniques. She says: “I aim to make high quality pieces, full of meaning that help to cherish special people, places and events in life that really matter.” Lucy chats to us about her career as a Forensic Scientist, her emotional client experiences and how she winds down after a long day of creating.
How did your brand begin?
I opened my boutique and workshop in 2014. Silversmithing, for me, started out as a hobby. I took some time out from my day-job to study a course - just for fun - not realising that it would lead me to where I am today. This sparked my passion for making intricate designs, taking elements from nature.
Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
I love what I do and at the core, I aim to make high quality pieces, full of meaning that help to cherish special people, places and events in life that really matter.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
Nature – I live in a beautiful, rural part of the UK, surrounded by lots of wildlife and so many gorgeous places to go walking. This is where I get my inspiration.
How is your jewellery made?
I use a mix of techniques for my collections but mostly, I hand carve my master models from really soft jewellers wax, which then goes through the lost wax casting process. I love the freedom this technique gives me to produce organic designs.
Tell us about some of your most inspiring clients or bespoke commissions.
Not sure if this counts as inspiring – but definitely fun! – I get approached a lot to make bespoke pet pendants and have done everything from dogs to horses to cats and even a pet rook! I work from photos to really aim to catch the likeness.
Can you recall a particular moment with a client that will stay with you forever?
I made 3 bangles containing special messages for a client to gift to his family. He was sadly very ill and passed away shortly after. His wife visited to thank me. It was truly an honour to make jewellery that I know will be treasured for a lifetime.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
My all-time favourite is my Blackberry Necklace. I wear it pretty much every day. It’s solid sterling silver so it has a nice weight to it and feels really tactile to touch.
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
I was a Forensic Scientist previously! Having always been into art & design, I craved a creative outlet which I found in silversmithing. I probably would still be examining crime scene evidence and analysing DNA profiles if this hadn’t happened!
What's your favourite quote?
I have a print on my wall which says “. . . But what if it all goes right?” This is my favourite little mantra for pushing away any negative thoughts. Running a small business can be tough but this encourages me to keep pushing to achieve my goals.
Winding down after a day in the studio is sometimes difficult for a designer, what do you do to help this process?
I have a brilliant but very energetic two-year-old little boy so life often feels non-stop. But, when I do get any free time, yoga is my go-to way to wind down - that or watching Netflix!