ArrabellaGilesShop

Colourful silver necklaces, earrings, rings & bracelets

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Announcement    Whether you're looking for a pair of unique colourful silver earrings, a necklace, ring or bracelet, look no further. Inspired by nature, seaglass and handprinted anodised aluminium combine with silver to create one off jewellery designs. The perfect gift whether you're buying for a birthday, anniversary, special occasion or just to treat yourself, there's something for everyone. And if you're not sure what to choose for that ideal gift, there are always gift vouchers.

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Last updated on Feb 19, 2021

Whether you're looking for a pair of unique colourful silver earrings, a necklace, ring or bracelet, look no further. Inspired by nature, seaglass and handprinted anodised aluminium combine with silver to create one off jewellery designs. The perfect gift whether you're buying for a birthday, anniversary, special occasion or just to treat yourself, there's something for everyone. And if you're not sure what to choose for that ideal gift, there are always gift vouchers.

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#ItsAllAboutTheColour

Many moons ago, I wasn’t a jeweller at all but a slave to the corporate treadmill, working as a lawyer in London, literally sometimes not seeing the light of day. The main colour of my life then was grey! I dreamt of a life of freedom and colour, where I did something I loved and could be my own boss.

In 2002, on a bit of a whim, I bought a gorgeous converted little chapel in Dorset. I didn’t know anyone in Dorset (my family lived in East Anglia and my friends in London) and I don’t think I’d ever even been to Dorset before! But that was it. I fell in love with the house, my little lane running next to the River Stour, the beautiful coast and countryside of Dorset and the gentler kinder way of life outside London.

I struggled on for 5 years weekly commuting to London but my heart was no longer in it. In 2007, I finally took the plunge and waved goodbye to a 15 year career, a good salary, my friends, my whole way of life and moved permanently to Dorset. And I’ve never looked back.

I had always had a passion for contemporary craft and originally hoped to open my own gallery but before anything got off the ground, the financial crash rather put paid to that. Instead, I ended up working in a lovely local contemporary craft gallery where I got the benefit of being surrounded by gorgeous things (and a rather too tempting staff discount) but without the financial commitment of my own bricks and mortar shop. Best of both worlds you would think and yet I still hankered after being my own boss. The problem was I just wasn’t sure what business I could realistically do. But when I started to learn to silversmith several years ago, all the pieces finally fell into place.

My jewellery combines traditional silversmithing techniques with colour to create contemporary original jewellery. I combine clean simple silver forms with my hand printed anodised aluminium or beautiful coloured sea glass to add a burst of colour to each design. I also love to add movement to my designs wherever possible.

Anodising is an electrochemical process by which you can add permanent durable pattern and colour to aluminium. I first print a pattern on to a sheet of unsealed aluminium using a variety of coloured inks. Next, I add anodising dyes to create a background colour to the pattern. Once the dyes are applied, the aluminium is then sealed by steam which creates the permanent pattern and vibrant colour.

I still live in the same converted chapel I fell in love with all those years ago. It has such character. In the 19th century it was owned by a leading figure in the local Temperance Society. I have newspaper cuttings of tea parties for 200+ people held in my house (they must have been seriously squidged in) where a succession of speakers stood up to extoll the evils of alcohol. Not a tradition I have carried on today!

So all in all, I’m a long way away from all those non-descript offices in non descript office blocks I used to work in. Nowadays you’ll find me in my tiny garden studio, in my little garden that bursts with colour in the summer, down my little country lane, a stone’s throw from a beautiful river. I find watching the river so calming and take a little time every day to go and see what’s occurring, I often catch the gorgeous flash of turquoise and orange as a kingfisher whizzes by and if I’m very very lucky, the spectacular sight of an otter. That’s always a really good day.

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  • Arrabella Giles

    Owner, Maker

    I love border terriers (all dogs really), photography, tennis (watching, can't play for toffee) & contemporary craft (esp jewellery obvs). I handprint the aluminium and design & make all the jewellery for you to buy. And all the other small biz jobs!

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Last updated on Feb 19, 2021
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What is anodised aluminium?

Anodising is an electrochemical process by which you can add permanent durable pattern and colour to aluminium. I first print a pattern on to a sheet of unsealed aluminium using a variety of coloured inks. Next, I add anodising dyes to create a background colour to the pattern. Once the dyes are applied, the aluminium is then sealed by steam which creates the permanent pattern and vibrant colour.

Occasionally some discolouration or water marks may appear on the back of the aluminium. These occur naturally as part of the dyeing and sealing process and are unavoidable. They are never visible on the front of the jewellery but I like to think show the hand printed nature of the aluminium - perfectly imperfect if you like!

Why do you use sea glass?

I adore sea glass. Its bright luminous colour is a thing of joy. I tend to use glass that has been tumbled as I prefer the smoother more refined look it gets from being tumbled. The great thing about sea glass is that it does not come in uniform shapes. I relish the challenge of setting the glass in the silver. It is a lot more complicated to make the perfect outline for each shape than setting a uniformly round or oval stone. However, it is worth it. The result is that, like my hand dyed anodised aluminium designs, each piece of jewellery is unique.

By its nature, the sea glass may have small inclusions, tiny dents and imperfections in the glass. This is all part of each piece’s character and its unique beauty – perfectly imperfect.

Care instructions

To keep your jewellery looking in tip top condition:

Remove jewellery before washing.

Avoid contact with water, spray, perfume and chemicals.

Store your jewellery in acid free tissue paper to help prevent tarnishing.

Use a soft silver polishing cloth when needed (not on oxidised silver though)

If I commission a piece of jewellery not in stock, how long will it take to receive?

If you commission a piece of jewellery which is not in stock, I will email you before commencing work to discuss time scales. I aim to make an commission pieces within 1 to 2 weeks of the order although at busy times, this may be a little longer.