How I got into jewellery making, and my journey so far…

Posted on the 23rd May 2012

How I got into jewellery making, and my journey so far… I first got into making jewellery five years ago, when my mum dragged me along to a beading course. I found it refreshing being so playful and creative; the choice of beads was endless, and I set about making earrings, necklaces and key rings for everyone I knew. I started making beaded jewellery to sell and loved working with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls – they looked beautiful when paired with sterling silver. I’ve been doing markets and selling online for a year now. Although there seemed to be no end to exploring the world of beads, I soon decided that I wanted something unique to offer customers. What better way to do that than learn how to make jewellery proper, and do a silversmith course? I chose Holts because it stood out as the best course provider, and I was suitably impressed. The workshops were kitted out with everything we needed and the tutors were good at helping us develop our jewellery-making skills one step at a time. The class I was in quickly gelled, filling the room with lively banter, which made the days even more enjoyable. My Level 2 Diploma was stimulating and interesting; after learning basic skills like piercing and soldering we made different types of rings, did wax carving, stone setting, engraving and enamelling. I look back and think how far I’ve come, remembering that first day when it took me seven hours to pierce a couple of squares and a circles! I’m really proud of the pieces I was able to make, especially my engravings, which I enjoyed doing the most. I now have a good grasp of the skills needed to make jewellery, and I can’t wait to start refining them on the Level 3 course! Lucy Moseley www.moseleysgiftware.co.uk