Handmade jewellery from Cornwall
Welcome to Mary Mary Jewellery
Welcome to my website where you can browse the current ranges and buy directly from me. All my pieces are original, hand-made high quality jewellery, presented in pretty boxes and organza drawstring bags.
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I started making jewellery as a young child, polishing and stringing stones together. Even after leaving school, while working as a secretary I would sell jewellery that I bought and made, threading away when I should have been filing. Eventually I recognised that my heart lay in making jewellery and sculptural pieces of art.
Twenty years later, having built up a large and loyal customer base built up over years from my stall in Convent Garden*, my partner and I moved permanently from London to Cornwall (after years of flitting between the two) along with our three children, various animals and the jewellery studio. We live close to the coast where most mornings I go running over the dunes and along the beach. We’ve always loved the dramatic beauty of this part of the world, but to live here with the changing seasons and crazy Atlantic weather is utterly inspiring – and when we get that Cornish rain, what better way to spend time than immersed in the studio creating beautiful pieces of jewellery.
About making jewellery…
Over many years I have developed techniques from jewellers and artist friends, along with my own colour and sculpting styles, which I apply to polymer clays. I mix the clays to create an offbeat palette of colours, and design intricate clay Millefiori slices in my signature look. Millefiori is used traditionally by glass artists – an easy way to imagine the end product is think of a stick of rock with words/pictures going right through the stick. The rods of colour are rolled together to produce shapes and pictures or words. I use my clays similarly, but to even greater effect as the detail is much finer than glass can produce. I then slice the Millefiori ‘cane’ and use it in my jewellery. These are beautifully intricate, taking huge amounts of time (and patience!) to create. I use them in most of the ranges, but large or specific Millefiori and jewel creations are only available as private commissions. I then work in gemstones, pearls, crystals and beadwork to create these dazzling, contemporary and feminine pieces of modern jewellery.
During this time I have also developed a great love and critical eye for quality, clarity and craftsmanship in the gemstones, pearls, beads, crystals, gold, silver and fasteners that I use. I spend a lot of time with my suppliers, hand selecting materials and am known for buying only what I love…. sometimes I do find it very difficult to part with certain pieces of jewellery.
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