With the release of The Great Gatsby back in 2014, the popularity of Downton Abbey and the wonderful show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, it was no surprise that the ‘Roaring 20’s’ and prohibition style parties had a come back. Suddenly I was going to a work function where they shut down one of the biggest … More Jewellery in the 1920’s
The Victorian era ran from 1837 – 1901 with the reign of Queen Victoria, it is romanticised as a time of great adventure and exploration by the steampunk community. It is also considered a time of great invention. The steampunk community will often over look the bad from this era and give it an overhaul … More Victorian Jewellery
A cameo is defined as a a method of carving an object such as an engraved gemstone, item of jewellery or a vessel. It nearly always features a raised relief image and originally cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting colour to the background. To do this the stone, … More The History of The Cameos
The jewellery I make is very much designed for those in niche markets. It is not the kind of stuff you would find advertised for Valentine’s Day or prettily surrounded by flowers on Mother’s Day advertising, though this does not mean that my jewellery has not been purchased for those occasions, just that it fills … More Creating for a Niche
It has been a busy week here at Ooh Shiny, after a busy weekend. So today’s blog post is going to be simple and fun, just a few photos of some of my favourite designs from my shop and some commissions I really enjoyed. If you wish to see more of my stuff or contact … More Jewellery Showcase
When I was nine we flew to America to visit Disney World and spend a month in Florida. We travelled the whole state, and I remember stopping off in a shop run by Native Americans, my attention was grabbed by beautiful beaded jewellery with chucks of turquoise. I have always been a sucker for turquoise, … More Turquoise -The Mystical Gem
Having a creative mind is a wonderful thing, it can also suck. There are days, even weeks, when the ideas flow so well that I cannot sleep. There are other days when I have stacks of materials in front of me and nothing happens. I have so many friends who are some form of artist, … More Creating the ups and the downs.