My story

Hi, my name is Alda and I am the owner of Gemiprecious Jewellery Designs. 

I started making jewellery because I was bored during my recovery from a second hip replacement.  I wanted something creative to do as I had taught myself watercolor painting (badly!) after my first hip replacement and wanted something less messy (or so I thought!)

I started out using plastic or glass beads, then moved to using gemstones, Swarovski crystals, leather etc. I have always wanted to work with silver and took the plunge about 18 months ago and have loved every minute of it.

What started as a hobby has now taken over my life.  I am fully self taught, except for a day course on sterling silver soldering and sawing.

Over the last 7 years I have added to my skills including learning pearl knotting and chainmaille.  I have now stopped working as a Teaching assistant in a local upper school and am now dedicated to silversmithing. I love the creativity involved in using sterling silver.  The only boundaries to silversmithing and jewellery making are your own skills and creativity.

I also did a few shows on the Jewellery Maker TV channel, mainly demonstrating chainmaille which I really enjoyed.  It was very interesting seeing how the studio worked and interacting with the viewers.

Some of the tools used in making jewellery

I am constantly learning and developing my skills (mainly through my many mistakes).  But I love the process!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and if you buy a piece from me I hope you love wearing it as much as I loved making it.

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy handmade!

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