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My name is Carrie and I am the Owner/Maker behind Fragile Elite Design. I’ve been making jewellery now for 6 years, and more seriously as a business over the last 3 years, prior to that I worked with clay and studied interior design. I constantly find inspiration by all that is around me. I was raised on a diet of literature,Goth,Heavy Metal, Punk, Glam and Rock music, Sci-Fi, Sherlock Holmes and Hammer Films. I find nearly everything interesting – the sorts of things that would make a glass eye fall asleep, so my mind is constantly occupied, or over occupied some may say. I’ve sang in Goth, Rock and Punk bands, acted in musicals and loved every single minute of it as well as having the opportunity to "play" someone else I used to customise my own clothes for gigs. After my last band split up – that was when my jewellery making really took off as I poured all my creative energies into…

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  • Born on May 6
  • Joined January 21, 2010

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My name is Carrie and I am the Owner/Maker behind Fragile Elite Design. I’ve been making jewellery now for 6 years, and more seriously as a business over the last 3 years, prior to that I worked with clay and studied interior design. I constantly find inspiration by all that is around me. I was raised on a diet of literature,Goth,Heavy Metal, Punk, Glam and Rock music, Sci-Fi, Sherlock Holmes and Hammer Films. I find nearly everything interesting – the sorts of things that would make a glass eye fall asleep, so my mind is constantly occupied, or over occupied some may say. I’ve sang in Goth, Rock and Punk bands, acted in musicals and loved every single minute of it as well as having the opportunity to "play" someone else I used to customise my own clothes for gigs. After my last band split up – that was when my jewellery making really took off as I poured all my creative energies into that.

The wide variety of life experiences I have had – the good, the bad and the sometimes plain ugly have had a direct impact on my own personal jewellery making style. I have no interest in being a purist and making only one style of jewellery as I would find that very limiting and I love getting ridiculously excited about a new idea that is completely different to the last thing I made. I could not stick to one genre, I am very happy being labelled with the “eclectic” tag.

I don’t believe in following trends as trends run their course, although I have been very fortunate as Sherlock and Elementary became so huge it has enabled me to share my love of Sherlock Holmes with both old and new audiences of the stories.

I love to produce unique pieces of jewellery as well as putting my own personal slant on classic and vintage favourites and if I stumble across some great trinkets on my virtual travels - I have to share. My quality control is very strict and I use lead and nickel free components. Each piece of my jewellery is designed and made to last and give years of wear. I use a variety of finishes in my jewellery utilising whichever finish is the most suitable for that particular piece. I use hand glazing techniques and resin to create lightweight or 3 dimensional pieces, and glass when weight isn't an issue.

Jewellery making is my absolute passion and this business I have created from scratch means the world to me. I owe a lot to all the buyers and supporters of Fragile Elite Design and am very lucky to have found myself a small niche frequented by some fabulous like minded people. My love of jewellery making never wanes, I strive for as perfect a finish as is humanly possible as this is my work and my passion and I appreciate every single buyer - I want each and every customer to love whatever they have bought from me.

I am now very fortunate to work from a wonderful workroom in an old Georgian House which is near to where I live and I can create uninterrupted. I look forward to the future with excitement, I still feel like I’m at the beginning of my journey and who knows what will happen next.

If you’ve had the patience to read this far you deserve a 10% off discount coupon so if you do buy from me, just enter SHERLOCKOLOGY when going through the checkout and a 10% discount will be applied to your jewellery purchase (excludes postage and packing). Many thanks for reading my ramblings and have a most excellent day.

Carrie
Fragile Elite Design
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