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!