My jewellery making journey:
When I was planning my wedding in 2014 I couldn't find jewellery to go with my alternative bridal style (think purple & vintage!) So I sourced some purple beads & vintage charms to make my own!
I had no previous experience but with the help of Youtube & loads of experimenting I made my first jewellery. After that I was hooked & soon set up my Etsy shop (then called Hazel’s wedding shop, as I was obsessed with all things wedding including jewellery).
I have been making jewellery ever since!
Until 2020 I made fashion jewellery, exploring different materials & techniques, including beading, polymer clay & resin! But I was never happy with the amount of waste these processes produced, plus the jewellery I made wouldn’t last as the silver plated findings would tarnish with no way of cleaning it.
I'm mostly inspired by vintage fashion but anything can spark inspiration at anytime!
Most of my jewellery is one of a kind so it is as unique as you are & I love working with customers to make a bespoke design just for them.
A bit about me:
💜 I love supporting small businesses & I’m working hard to live as eco friendly as I can
💜 I have been vegan for a long time but one of my favourite treats is chocolate,
thank goodness there is so many vegan
chocolate choices nowadays!
💜 I’m very lucky to live in Bournemouth with my Husband Oli &
our lion head bunny Zelda.
💜 When i’m not making jewellery I love going on treks with my husband,
curling up with a good book & browsing at vintage fairs
💜 I work on my jewellery business part time, alongside my full time job as a
teaching assistant in an SEN school
💜 I hate waste & fast fashion
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Hazel's jewellery shop combines great quality ethical materials with unique designs to make contemporary jewellery.
♲ I only use fine 999 silver clay (which is made using reclaimed silver) & 925 eco silver (as far as possible, please note that currently clasps are not eco silver) to make sustainable jewellery that lasts generations
♲ All gemstones used are ethically sourced
♲ I buy my supplies & tools from small businesses
♲ No scrap of metal is wasted in my workshop
♲ I use eco friendly alternatives to chemicals
♲ I only use packaging that has been made from recycled materials & can be recycled
♲ All designs over the legal weight (7.78g) are hallmarked (I do plan to have every item hallmarked in the future)
♲ I pride myself on giving great customer service & I love making each handmade item just for you
After knowing about silver clay for some time, I finally took the plunge in January 2020 & bought my first pack! I bought a small 10g bag & with the help of some online courses I made my first designs.
I instantly fell in love with it, as it gives me (& my customers) so much creative freedom. I can also rework any piece at any stage, so there is no waste.
My first designs were very simple & minimalistic while I learnt the basics of working with the new medium but now I love to push my boundaries & try new techniques!
For me taking a lump of clay & making something from scratch is one of the best parts of making jewellery, I also love the idea that the jewellery I make will be worn & enjoyed by someone on their journey.