Bluestone Gallery Devizes Wiltshire Jewellery collection now on display
PUBLISHED: 08:18 18 November 2010 | UPDATED: 11:56 28 February 2013
The Bluestone Gallery has always featured an extremely wide range of art and craft. It is packed with original paintings, studio ceramics, beautiful glass, hand turned wood and a mix of quirky and original work.
Bluestone Gallery Jewellery
The Bluestone Gallery has always featured an extremely wide range of art and craft. It is packed with original paintings, studio ceramics, beautiful glass, hand turned wood and a mix of quirky and original work. But over the years one area has emerged as something of a speciality jewellery. The gallery displays the work of over 50 jewellers, working in a variety of materials, with prices from as little as a fiver.Silver forms the bulk of the work, but you can also find pieces made from polymer clay, silk, gold, glass, recycled plastic, many mixed with a variety of beautiful stones.
The displays covers a huge range of styles if you want a fabulous pearl encrusted cuff to go with a wedding dress, if you need a statement piece for a special night out, if you fancy a loud pair of earrings to party in, or a tiny pair of studs for everyday wear, the chances are it is waiting for you at the gallery. All the work is chosen for its quality and originality.
The highly evocative jewellery of Hannah Willis is steeped in the myth and heritage of Wiltshire her work is embellished with images of hares, owls, white horses and tumuli.
Anne Farag shows her mixed Swedish and Egyptian heritage in her exotic necklaces and earrings. She mixes hand etched silver tube beads with a variety of gorgeous stones.
Shirley Smith works almost exclusively in silver with the odd touch of gold the metals are torched into tactile textures, the styles pared back, simple and stylish.
If you want a pair of cufflinks consider the work of Michael Carpenter strong shapes superbly executed with 18ct gold decoration create pieces that are masculine and classical.
Martina Fabian is simply brilliant at creating simple rings but with a twist. The carefully chosen stones are often offset giving a subtle edge to the design. Combined with hammered silver and often set in gold, her work is highly desirable.
Finally I have to mention earrings from Moyisa. These are made a long way from Wiltshire in South Africa in fact. They are part of a project to support a charity for 600 orphans on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Each earring is a minor miracle of hand threading, bringing a flash of sun and colour into our winter, and supporting a great project. What could be better?!