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The Black Cat Jewellery Store is an internet based business owned and run by me, Anna Berry Martin. I specialize in handmade, semi-precious gemstone jewellery. I am also a part time Gothic and alternative model named Lady Anna Calypso

I have been ill with M.E. for the last 11 years and had to stop working 10.5 years ago. I have been horribly ill and bedbound for a large proportion of that time. I began to make jewellery about a 6 and a half years ago when I started to become a bit better. I needed something to occupy me, that I could do at home, that was within my capabilities.  I still suffer greatly and my physical ability is very limited but I'm improving slowly.

I have no idea what started me thinking about making jewellery, the idea just popped into my head! Before I was ill I used to train horses and have a dog walking and pet sitting…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 23
  • Joined February 22, 2010

Favorite materials

turquoise, agate, silver, onyx, amethyst, fire carnelian, antique copper, Tibetan silver, antique gold, brass, antique silver

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The Black Cat Jewellery Store

About

The Black Cat Jewellery Store is an internet based business owned and run by me, Anna Berry Martin. I specialize in handmade, semi-precious gemstone jewellery. I am also a part time Gothic and alternative model named Lady Anna Calypso

I have been ill with M.E. for the last 11 years and had to stop working 10.5 years ago. I have been horribly ill and bedbound for a large proportion of that time. I began to make jewellery about a 6 and a half years ago when I started to become a bit better. I needed something to occupy me, that I could do at home, that was within my capabilities.  I still suffer greatly and my physical ability is very limited but I'm improving slowly.

I have no idea what started me thinking about making jewellery, the idea just popped into my head! Before I was ill I used to train horses and have a dog walking and pet sitting business so this is totally different! I am amazed to find my self making jewellery and enjoying it so much.
 
Most of my jewellery is made using my beloved semi-precious gemstones. I love working with colour and creating different looks by combining the gemstones with different metals such as silver, antique gold, gunmetal and my favourite, antique copper. I'm drawn to richly or brightly coloured stones such as fire carnelian, turquoise, various forms of agate and amethyst. I love the varying markings of a particular stone and how no two beads are the same. These factors are what inspire me to create a piece. My designs tend to be colourful, bold and striking.

I like to make Gothic style pieces that can be used in my photoshoots but I wear jewellery made by other designers too. If you are a jewellery or clothing designer and would like me to model your pieces, then just send me a message and we can discuss terms.

I often use Tibetan silver in my designs. This is an alloy of commonly copper, tin and zinc. The beads that I buy are lead free and comply with EU nickel legislation.

Incidentally, the black cat is my cat, Lewis, who has been my constant companion throughout my illness. I could not have got through without him.
Anna xx

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www.instagram.com/theblackcatjewellerystore - for the Gothic pieces
www.instagram.com/thegingercatjewellerystore - for the Vintage range
www.instagram.com/ladyannacalypso - for my modelling photos

My entire inventory can be viewed at www.theblackcatjewellerystore.co.uk

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