Katherine Lawrie Jewellery

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What is Hallmarking?

What is Hallmarking?

The History Of Hallmarking The concept of Hallmarking itself dates back to Byzantine times, but wasn’t noticeable until the 1300s in the UK. King Edward l put a law in place requiring the testing of silver to ensure that the alloys being used were up to correct...

What’s your birthstone and what might it represent?

What’s your birthstone and what might it represent?

Birthstones, meaning a particular gemstone for each month of the year, have been in existence for many years. Many think that its marketing hype. Many believe deeply that one should adhere to the allotted stone for your birth month. When you start to look, many...

When inspiration strikes.

When inspiration strikes.

As any of my students will tell you I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to original design. I accept that learning can come from imitating work by others. However, I feel that this can be a slippery slope. Once you learn to gain inspiration from someone else...

An insight into the selling season

An insight into the selling season

My working life is divided into making, teaching and selling what I have made. Teaching goes on all year round apart from a break over the summer and Christmas. Making tends to go in peaks and troughs throughout the year, but reaches its busiest in the months leading...

Demystifying the commissioning process

  Selling direct to the public and via my online shop at Folksy Shop I generally make stock pieces which are one offs or limited edition designs. Quite often a client will want something a little different from the item on sale. It might be that they’d like...

The Society Of Botanical Artists

The Society was founded by a group of Botanical artists over 30 years ago, and now comprises of over 120 members. As a Society we hold one large exhibition every year, and members are currently working on an pieces for an exhibition which will be held at the...

Tools of the trade

Over the years jewellers have invented new tools to ‘do the job’. Many items remain the same as they simply can’t be improved upon, and are still similar in design to those that were used in mediaeval times. Some are redesigned and just don’t work as well as the...

Memorial Jewellery

Jewellery made in memory. Jewellery has contained symbolism and has been part of the rituals in life for as far back as history has been recorded. Adornments and jewellery have been used to represent and remember those who have died. The ancient Egyptians valued...

How us it ‘that time if year’ again already?

Wow, it’s December 2017 on Friday. I simply don’t know where this year has vanished. My life seems to be steered by work and life, and trying to keep both on an even keel.     Thankfully, the boys are very good at looking after themselves,...

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