About Chris – UK Jewellery Designer
Be the giver of thought.
Hands, hammers, files and fire.
Handmade jewellery with lots of character. Your character.
- By Me
- For You
You know who you are , but you probably don’t know me yet. My name is Chris and I am slightly too obsessed with making jewellery. My vision is simple. To create jewellery, directly for my clients, to their own taste. The personification of the perfect piece of jewellery is a subjective task. For one person it means stark minimalism. To another it means art nouveau and for yet another it means rustic.
That is what intrigues me and drives me. I don’t set about making the perfect piece of jewellery for me. I set about making the perfect piece of jewellery for the most important person in the world, which specifically means you.
I do so with eager enthusiasm, and an attention to detail. I work from scratch for each client and make truly unique pieces to their brief and to their budget , in the materials that they desire. I work in platinum, gold (9k and 18k in all the colours), palladium and silver.
I utilize a vast array of skills and techniques to bring about the finished article. I don’t outsource work and it is all carried out within my workshop, in my shop, in the village of South Darenth, Kent, UK. Since the dawn of time, man has adorned himself with trinkets, and the techniques and tools have changed little. Of course nowadays we have the advantages of electricity, optics and science, but the one thing that has never changed is the jewellers patience and pride.
Of course, I do this all with my happiness guarantee. A no quibble promise. I’ll re-make it, tweak it or if you are just plum unhappy, I will give you a full refund. That is how sure I am that I can make you something extra special. That is how proud I am of my work.
All of this does not come at a premium price. Far from it, I am probably cheaper than those chain stores that frequent the high street, selling their mass made, machine churned out, cheap imported pieces.
I price my work fairly, reflecting that each piece takes 45 years to create. That is not a typo. Each piece has indeed taken 45 years to create, for that is my age. It has taken 45 years of falling out of trees, falling off of bikes, chasing muggers and drawing pictures of starlings to be the man I am today.
So your commission will kick into action the efforts of this hammer obsessed man. Unlike your ancestors, you don’t have to venture into the smog of the big city and tread muddy streets to a backwater room where the jewellers toiled.
Yours is the luxury of sitting at home surfing the web, or perhaps you are lounging in your local coffee shop on your smartphone.
In so many ways, you are unlike your great, great, great grandparent. They had the fortunate ability to commission craftsmen at every turn to create those heirlooms that you now cherish. In fifty years time, nobody will cherish your Ikea table, Gap jeans, Dell mouse or Starbucks ceramic mug.
Commission your heirloom. Create your history. Be the maker of memories. Be the giver of thought.
Be the giver of thought.
The other side of my life, sees me being a dad and hubby. Apart from painting I like to run.
I have taken part in a few obstacle runs. If you are not familiar with these. It is basically a 10km run with 25 odd obstacles you have to wade through, climb, crawl over or some other evil torture.
My longest run to date was 102MILES (160km).
However I am lined up to take on the 220km Ring O’ Fire race in Sept 2016. Five marathons in three days. Feel free to come and cheer if you live in North WalES.
Also lined up for a 45 mile race around Bristol in March, and a non stop 24 hour race in June, aiming to hit the 100 mile mark in that time limit. Lastly, got a 42 mile race in Ely , booked in Oct 2016
I drink too much coffee.
On a Sunday you might find me in an antique shop.
That is all.