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  1. We have some exciting news..... from January 2016 we will be running our jewellery classes from our new studio in Reigate, Surrey.

    To launch the jewellery classes we are offering the chance to win a day class with us worth £110 each...... all you have to do is add your email to our jewellery class mailing list and we will keep you up to date with new classes, the creations and achievements that some of the students have created. And if by any chance you wanted to share the classes on Facebook - well that would be amazing!

    Thanks and good luck, Nikki

    Take a look at all of the classes we will be running here...


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  2. Instead of choosing your wedding rings why don't you make them?

    make your own wedding rings

    There is a growing trend for couples to express their creativity and design and make their own wedding rings. Its a personal experience that results in something completely bespoke and unique which will be worn everyday and have a story behind it.
    The class is one-to one with the teacher so you will be guided carefully through each step to ensure that you are happy with the finished ring and no experience is necessary.
    You can design something traditional and see examples of wedding rings we have in stock, or design something to your taste completely, a Matt finish or maybe some diamonds, there are endless possibilities.
    A class participant Lucy White says
    "Every-time I look at my wedding ring it makes me think of my husband and smile because of the hilarious and rewarding day we had making the rings together."
    Nude Jewellery's Nikki Galloway says
    "Our make your own wedding ring classes have become more popular over the years because it is a completely immersive and fun experience that couples look back and remember. It's the ultimate in bespoke design, completely individual to you and handmade by your intended."
    It is a great activity because the rings can be made to a very professional level in just one day! If the design is quite complicated and includes an engraving or stones set then this will be finished by our stone setter and engraver after the class.
    make ypur own wedding band workshop image
  3. A Bespoke Fox Pendant


    We had a couple of weeks to make a bespoke fox pendant for a customer, below is his very impressive sketch that we worked from.

    bespoke fox pendant

    The front view was fine but the customers technical drawing of the side profile wasn't correct and match the from vie so we had to fine tune it.

    To make the fox we decided to work in wax, because it's softer and easier to carve than metal and keeps the cost down for the customer. When faced with a block of wax it is much like a blank canvas, you have to map out perspective lines and mark where you need to take away the wax.

    handmade jewellery - wax block

    Below you can see the marked lines where we started to sculpt the head, trying to keep it perfectly even and symmetrical on each side is very tricky when creating geometric designs like this one. It is essential to take a little piece away at a time to slowly see how it will look in 3D.

    Bespoke Jewellery London - wax block
    handmade jewellery - fox pendant

    After the initial form is made it becomes easier to see how the fox is going to look, we now start to even up all the edges and sharpen them up so that they are clear, precise and geometric, even a line that is a tiny bit curved is very noticeable when the fox is made into metal.

    When creating a piece of jewellery in wax you have to completely finish it how you would in metal because any dust, scratches or holes will be even more difficult to get out in silver.

    Now the fox head has been carved it is time to get it cast.

    Once the fox had been made into silver we cleaned and polished it up, and took it to the platers where they added a layer of 18ct rose gold vermeil, we then added a diamond cut geometric chain to finish it off. We think he is fab and would love to make some different geometric animal heads.

    bespoke fox pendant rose gold unique and handmade
    bespoke fox head pendant
    For more inspiration take a look at our bespoke jewellery page...