Most of March has been organising my work room then April has been about recovery from Carpal Tunnel surgery.
A brief introduction to the maker behind the brand, and a bit about my business Handmade Retro Jewellery!
Amethyst is the most precious and valuable gemstone of the quartz family and can be found in Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Russia, Sri Lanka, the USA, Uraguay and Zambia! Phew!
As purple is considered to be the colour of royalty, beautiful Amethysts can be found in the Crown Jewels and was a favourite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. It was also referred to as the “stone of bishops”.
My enamelled jeweller group shot
What is Hallmarking? Well it’s not the 925 or 999 stamp you often see on a piece of silver jewellery. It’s a full makers mark that has been stamped or laser marked by one of 4 assay offices in the UK. I am registered with the London Assay Office. You can tell which assay office has stamped the piece by the symbol in the mark, for London it is the lions head.
Anyone that sells precious metal (silver, gold platinum) must display the hallmark notice, either online or on their shop or stall otherwise they are breaking the law. If trading standards catch them they can be fined and have all their stock confiscated! A very scary idea!
Here is a little info about me, what inspires me to be creative, and what I love to do. Beverley, the jewellery maker behind the brand, ‘Bevart designs’.
About 3 years ago we invested in a large powerful printer and cutting equipment so we could make long tri-folded concertina wedding invitations. These have been a huge success! I think our customers have liked having everything on one piece. I think they also like having a lot of space for maps and information.
As a child I really loved the Jolly Postman books. Do you know the ones I mean with things to fold out and envelopes with lettters inside? For a couple of years I’ve been trying to find a way of recreating them as wedding invitations. After months and months of testing I’ve finally come up with folded wedding posters that have an rsvp card attached to the inside.
As far as I can tell these posters are unique to Paper Willow. We are so proud of them! We think they look nice when tied with a tag. Because they are A3 it means we have lots of space for a big map and other graphics like illustrated timelines.
I hope you like them! I’m going to design lots more of them this year!