A case study ~ remodelling old gold

A case study ~ remodelling old gold

Storytelling is always at the forefront of what we do. Whether it is the memories and sentiment that we help our customers to pour in to their jewellery commissions, or simply the journey of a piece as it's made, all jewellery has a story to tell. This month I thought I would share one of these stories with you...

Spotlight on our designers: Rebecca Burt

Spotlight on our designers: Rebecca Burt

At Varoshe we love to showcase unusual jewellery with a story. Behind each collection on display there is an independent maker or small business whose story becomes part of their jewellery; from the initial ideas and inspiration to the final collection that you see on display. Each journey is unique and this month I would like to share another one of these stories with you...

Spotlight on our designers: Monique Jeffrey-Jones

Spotlight on our designers: Monique Jeffrey-Jones

At Varoshe we love to showcase unusual jewellery. As well as our own work, we display collections made by other independent jewellers who all have their own stories of how they started their career, what they love to design and how they work. Each journey is unique and is poured in to every piece that they make. This month I would like to share one of these stories with you... MONIQUE JEFFREY-JONES

Pearls: an update on a classic

Pearls: an update on a classic

“I always think of pearls as something my Nan would wear”, said a customer last week. She then went on to choose a pair of (you guessed it) pearl earrings! The fact is that pearls are no longer just that classic necklace that everyone has seen in the period dramas on the BBC. Nowadays they are being used in much more contemporary designs and the colours and shapes which once were seen as less desirable are now taking centre stage…

Silver & gold jewellery; what are the rules for mismatching colours?

Silver & gold jewellery; what are the rules for mismatching colours?

I have heard the same sort of sentence a few times recently; “I love that, but I only wear silver” or “I was given a silver necklace which I love but I can’t wear it because it won’t go with all my gold jewellery”. It got me thinking, firstly, who says you can’t mix and match metals, and secondly, why restrict yourself to what you can and can’t like…

The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards

The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards

Every February a special event is held at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, which is noted in the diary of every jeweller and metalsmith: The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards. These prestigious awards are also called “The Jewellery Oscars” within the trade and are a celebration of all things metal; from the design to the finish piece, and all the processes in between...

Hallmarking - What does it mean?

Hallmarking - What does it mean?

I have always been fascinated by the hallmarks on jewellery and silverware, often looking them up to see how old something is. When we registered our own mark, it was a lovely feeling, as we joined the Register of Makers which spans back centuries. Every time we have something hallmarked I feel really proud that our little mark will be on that piece of jewellery forever, signifying that it was made by Varoshe long after we are all gone…

Colour in your jewellery

Colour in your jewellery

As we are fast approaching the summer and starting to move away from those drab, grey, winter months (once the thunderstorms are out of the way), we can finally start getting those summer palettes out of the wardrobe, and what better way to accessorise that summer outfit than with a gorgeous gemstone…

The grand opening edition

The grand opening edition

Before I started to write this month’s blog, I re-read April’s post for some inspiration. In the last paragraph, I had written, “I can’t wait to be sitting in my shop, at my desk, looking around at all the cabinets and showcases. It will be a dream come true…”, and that is exactly what I am doing, because Varoshe ~ bespoke jewellery is now open…

The Restoration Story

The Restoration Story

Well how did that happen?! April, already! So I guess that means that the opening is this month...

I can't quite believe it, after over three years we will be finally opening our doors. I am not sure it will feel real until I am sitting behind my desk and the excitement of the opening has died down. The last few years have been filled with planning, organising and researching, I am not sure what I will do with myself after the 21st…