Emily Kidson Contemporary Jewellery

London, England · 40 Sales

Announcement   Bold materials/traditional craftsmanship. Colourful contemporary jewellery handmade in Emily's London studio.


Last updated on 06 Feb, 2018

Bold materials/traditional craftsmanship. Colourful contemporary jewellery handmade in Emily's London studio.

Emily Kidson

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Emily Kidson


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Emily is an award-winning contemporary jeweller whose layered, intuitively designed jewels marry bold materials with traditional craftsmanship.


I really enjoy the making process so every piece is made by hand in my South London studio. I chemically bond the laminate sheet to wood, leave this to dry overnight and then hand cut it using a jewellers piercing saw, before sanding and waxing it for a beautifully smooth finish. I work with silver using traditional jewellery and silversmithing techniques from riveting and fabrication through to granulation and burnishing. I often choose to oxidise silver which gives it a lovely matt dark grey finish which works beautifully next to the colourful laminate.


Inspired by repetition and small details (from spots on the pavement to stripy steps at a railway station), I use my sketchbook to draw designs, shapes and compositions. These then develop further as I work intuitively with the materials – it is often the process of making that inspires me and I allow my work to lead me at times! I also enjoy making new work to a theme or for call for entries as this leads to new paths, ideas and work that I might not otherwise have discovered.


As a librarian I was lucky to work in an arts university that had a fantastic materials library. This was filled with all sorts of samples and it was here that I discovered laminate. Laminate is made from paper and resin under extreme pressure, it is very hard wearing and comes in an array of colours. I do like to explore other materials (for example, acrylic, paint, textiles, pearls and 18ct gold) depending on what I am working on.

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  • Emily Kidson


    Hi, I'm Emily, a contemporary jeweller making handmade, colourful jewellery from my studio in South East London. I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2004 and have come back to making after a career as an art librarian!

Shop policies

Last updated on 06 February, 2018
Hello and welcome to my Etsy Shop. The information below details my delivery and refund policies. There is also information on materials and jewellery care. If you have any queries or questions please do contact me. Thank you for visiting my shop.

Accepted payment methods

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
All jewellery is carefully packaged in Emily Kidson bespoke jewellery boxes (matt grey card boxes with white 'Emily Kidson' text).

Please see individual listings for delivery times, if you need an item for a specific date, please contact me before placing your order.

All UK shipments are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery. This is an insured, trackable, next day service. Items will require a signature on delivery. Postal addresses must be accurate and complete to guarantee delivery.

International shipments are charged at a flat rate of £10, sent by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed For.

Shipping is only charged on the first item in your order. For each additional item the shipping is free.

Customs Charges :
International customers are responsible for any duties and/or taxes that may be imposed on the item on arrival at the destination country. I have no control over these charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
Materials and care

My work is made from a range of different materials and it is worth being aware of these and their care requirements so that your jewellery remains in the best possible condition.

When jewellery is not being worn it is best to keep it in it’s box. This slows down the natural process of silver tarnishing and helps prevent chipping and scratching of other materials.


The wood used in my jewellery is walnut. It is finished with a protective layer of wax. If your wooden jewellery gets very wet, allow it to dry and reseal it with a thin layer of bees wax or furniture wax applied with a soft cloth.


Laminate is a hard wearing material often used for table tops and similar. I use sheet laminate which I connect with a rivet or laminate to wood. Care needs to be taken to avoid chipping and scratching. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth.


I use Sterling 925 silver and silver pieces that weigh over 7.4 grams are hallmarked at the London Assay Office. Over time silver will require cleaning.

For pieces made solely from silver:

For polished pieces silver dip or a silver cloth can be used to return the shine. To restore a matt finish gently rub the surface with a green brillo pad in a circular motion.

For silver pieces which are combined with other materials:

Do not use a silver dip. To restore a polished finish carefully apply a silver polish cream with a soft cloth to the silver and rub gently until shiny. For a matt surface rub with a brillo pad taking care of other materials around it.

Oxidised silver

Oxidised silver has been treated with a chemical solution to give a dark grey/black finish. This does wear away over time particularly in exposed areas which adds to the character of the piece. Do not place oxidised silver items in a silver dip or use a silver cloth as this will remove the oxidisation.


Many joints and connections between wood and silver are reinforced with epoxy glue which forms a strong bond. If something does break due to unusual force a glue like Araldite or Devcon can be used to repair the connection.