Handmade silver jewellery and knitted faux taxidermy

Leeds, United Kingdom · 23 Sales


Handmade silver jewellery and knitted faux taxidermy

Leeds, United Kingdom 23 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

AlisonYoungDesigns is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I am putting the shop on holiday from Wednesday 21 June 2017 while I am in hospital and recovering!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 21, 2017

I am putting the shop on holiday from Wednesday 21 June 2017 while I am in hospital and recovering!

Alison Young

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Alison Young


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
victoria morgan

victoria morgan on Jan 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful!!truly stunning,delicate hand work really unique! Alison young even hand signed a card for my NIECE to make the gift personal her packaging giftwrap was stunning!!so much attention to detail overall I could not be more thrilled with the necklace the artist and the overall service!! Excellent!!


bexy124 on Dec 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and wonderfully original. What a fantastic little chap. Originally bought for Christmas but he will be taking pride of place on the mantle piece all year round. Great quality.


butterfield118 on Dec 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A darling robin executed with skill and care making this a delightful display. I'm so glad to have him in my home and would love to buy more work from Alison, who was a pleasure to deal with.

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From teaching English to designing and making silver jewellery in one huge jump!

I have always enjoyed experimenting with design – making and organizing objects into aesthetically pleasing arrangements. I learnt to knit as a small child and continued to enjoy colour and texture in knitting. I didn’t regret choosing to study English at University and I found a great deal of fulfilment in teaching literature in further education for 27 years. Whilst some aspects of my creativity were satisfied through teaching, collecting ceramics and textiles and knitting, it was my discovery of silversmithing that truly allowed me to explore designing in three dimensions. I enjoy working with a variety of materials to create unique pieces. I enjoy finding materials that I like because of their colour, texture or shape and then designing my work around them.

I am generally inspired by the natural world around me; I like the roughness and irregularity of natural objects, of stones, and sticks and bark, so that I prefer to use chips of gemstones rather than beads. Colour is also very important to me and I love the greens in nature contrasted with autumn colours. I also find that much of my work is asymmetrical and I often use fastenings at the front of my work, making them an integral part of the overall design.

After a fantastic career in teaching, my jewellery designing has allowed me to develop further aspects of my creativity and to pursue a second career. I have become involved in an artistic and creative community which is both supportive and importantly great fun!

I hope you enjoy wearing the work in my shop as much as I enjoy making it.

Ever since I was a child i have enjoyed knitting, from my very first cat puppet (sadly lost) which I made at the age of 6, to complex fairisle jumpers (my partner and teddy bear wear identical slipovers made in 1980s) and finally the elaborate art pieces you see in my Etsy shop.

Originally as a display piece for art and craft shows, I knitted a crow (after all, they love shiny things). It caused quite a stir; people smiled, laughed and stopped to ask if it was for sale. From then to now my repertoire has expanded and become very popular with collectors of Victorian taxidermy, with lovers of birds and animals and also with lovers of all things woolly. I have shown them at art fairs and at galleries. I was commissioned to make some pieces for a museum which wanted to use them for educational and marketing purposes and I have included images in my shop.

I am very happy to discuss any commissions with you and I look forward to creating unique and fabulous pieces for you. I can honestly say that I love what I do and I love to bring a smile to the faces of my customers.

If you are in England please come and meet me at shows and see more of my work in galleries; details on my website

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  • Alison Young


    After taking voluntary redundancy from a career in teaching, I attended adult education classes in silversmithing. I now design and make contemporary silver jewellery in a wooden shed at the bottom of the garden, using traditional techniques.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 24, 2016
Thanks for visiting Alison Young Jewellery. My work is all hand crafted with an emphasis on quality and individuality using a variety of materials which will be listed in the item description. I hope people enjoy wearing my work as much as I enjoy making it. 

If you need more information or would like to discuss a piece with me, you can contact me using the Etsy conversation feature - remember to check your 'inbox' for my reply!

You can follow me on Facebook at Alison Young Handmade Jewellery

and on my blog

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Payment is to be made at the time of purchase via Paypal.

This doesn't mean you have to have a Paypal account, you can select the option to pay with your credit card when you arrive at the paypal site. 

I am happy to ship anywhere in the world but please note that the buyer is responsible for whatever internal customs tax may be due which will vary from country to country, so it is worth checking with your own Tax office.
I post out using Royal Mail First Class to UK addresses and Airmail to the rest of the world, which does not include tracking, although I do keep a Certificate of Posting. Following receipt of payment, items will be shipped within 1-3 working days to the address on the Etsy receipt, unless otherwise requested.
 I will send you a notification when your item has shipped - this will go to the email address that you signed up to Etsy with.

It is very rare that a package is lost. Packages can occasionally be held up along the way which may mean that your item takes a little longer to reach you. Please contact me if you are concerned. Mail is not considered lost until 25 business days have passed. 

If your item has been lost then I will of course send a replacement but please bear in mind that I cannot do this until 25 business days have passed.

All international packages have a customs declaration. I cannot mark items as gifts - this is illegal.

For items being shipped overseas please be aware that you are responsible for any taxes the parcel may incur.
Refunds and Exchanges
My main concern is that you are happy with your purchase but I appreciate that it is sometimes difficult to buy based on a picture. If when you receive your purchase you decide that it isn't suitable please contact me within 48 hours to discuss. I will offer either a refund or exchange upon receipt of the returned (unworn) item (provided that you contact me to cancel within 14 days of you receiving it and it is posted to me within 14 days after that). 

I cannot issue refunds for items that have been worn unless they are faulty. For hygiene reasons earrings cannot be returned.

You must ensure that you obtain a proof of posting and/or adequate insurance/delivery confirmation if returning a package as I am not responsible for any items that are lost/damaged while in transit to me. I can only refund basic postal charges. Items must be returned unworn and in the original packaging.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please contact me if you have any issues regarding your transaction before leaving feedback and I will be happy to try to resolve them.