The illustrated necklaces are examples of what it is possible to create, based on different themes, such as
A life story, or a special memory , or even in one case a powerful meditation a client had.
This was the first one I created based on finding out what I was meant to be doing in life, part of which was making new family heirlooms for people, memorial jewellery or timeless designs to be kept as treasured items
I have been a jeweller for many years and enjoy making varied styles of jewellery. I am able to interpret the requirements of my customers and can create unusual pieces to order. The necklace shown here, however, is another, different, aspect of my work.
I wanted to create some jewellery that was more than just decoration, and to personalize it, so that it carried meaning for the person who owned it, and held interest for others. Something that expressed both a spiritual and a symbolic meaning. I have often thought how interesting Victorian and Egyptian Jewellery is for that reason.
Life Story Necklaces
This piece illustrates that idea.
This is the story of a simple but Special journey…..
Our journey begins at the point where you leave home and travel, anticipating the future, along the roads to the sea…..
When you arrive at the beach, exhilarated and happy, you breath in the fresh Sea air…
…..just taking your time to walk along, intently looking down, searching the pebbles for that special stone, the one that stands out as yours alone, you slip it into your pocket as a keepsake.
You come to a rock pool where the blue of the sky is reflected back to you. Looking intently into the pool, you see a myriad life forms living, oblivious to your presence........
Walking on along the beach you are thinking about your life…..
A little further on, as you come to the edge of the Sea, you track rivulets carved into the sand, and cross the pathways of footprints others have left on their journeys, and you wonder who they were and where were going...........
You see pools of water resting amongst the rocks caught by the breeze in tiny ripples, and feel the hard ribbed sand beneath your feet.…
In the distance you catch sight of a large rock set back from the shallows and decide to sit there for a while…..
On the far side of the rock a torn piece of fishing net lies on the sand, you spend time sitting looking out to Sea, thoughts flitting through your mind........ putting the pieces of the past together in a recognizable pattern, experiences falling into place.....
Questions asked….. waiting for answers, each one expected on the seventh wave and gathered in the net, into one precious gift to take with you.
You have lost all sense of time, but suddenly feel a chill wind as the sun begins to set. You have your gifts of knowledge but still feel a restlessness within you…..
….. as you come to the edge of the cliff to begin the climb up steep steps carved into the rocks; the tide flows
and swirls around your legs, knee high, you notice every last detail ...........
you pull yourself up by the ropes that are anchored into the cliff, past a golden starfish, .........the treasure of little last details imprinted on your minds eye.......
A sandy path edged by marrom grass leads you up to the top of the cliff where you stand and gaze at the
sunset, reluctant to leave such a timeless place.
So then the journey home is taken by the longest route….. wishing to stretch your holiday to its limits…..
even so there is a sense of completeness as you finally reach your front door,
- home again.
Turning the key to open the door you chance to see your SELF in the hall mirror and realise in that moment that the future….is inside you….. as you are the Creator….. of your Own Reality.
THE NECKLACES BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF COMMISSIONS BASED ON MY CLIENTS' STORIES
A Life story necklace © on January 9, 2014 by Helen Burrell
This was a lovely commission to have been given, my client kindly trusted me with her family pieces of gold to transform into new details such as forget-me-not flowers, a rose, oak leaves and clover leaves. other features were a nestling rabbit, an owl flying, and an orange coloured citrine set as a feature stone to remind her of a special sunset………
LIFE STORY NECKLACE on November 8, 2012 by Helen Burrell
My clients Life Story necklace
She has very kindly sent me this testimonial :-
‘I first met Helen and saw her beautiful jewellery on a visit to her shop at Melbourne.
I loved the idea of using some of the jewellery my Mum had left me which had sentimental value but was not to my own taste.
I decided to have a special necklace made and wanted it to be a symbolic representation of happy memories, family friends and even pets!
After discussing my own thoughts with my husband and grandson Joseph, I met with Helen to discuss how my ideas could be incorporated into a necklace.
Helen then produced a beautiful design, which was perfect.
I must admit I was nervous when the day arrived to collect it, but my nerves were needless.
My necklace is absolutely stunning, I was overwhelmed! it was gorgeous, it reminds me of my Mum and Dad and all things precious to me, and of course it is unique.
I know for sure my Mum would have loved it,
I’ve had a lovely , happy and positive experience thanks to Helen’s incredible talent, patience and her eye for detail.
I loved making it for you, and am thrilled that you love it too, thank you very much for the commission.
This necklace illustrated below was created for another client, and was based around the theme of mountain walks, I included my clients' family gold in it and special stones taken from rings she already had were reset as features in the piece.
I specialize in these necklaces and you can see how different they all are.
please contact me if you would like your story told in the form of a necklace or bracelet… this will enable you to keep the sentimental connection to your family and also have a special piece to enjoy.
TEL:- 01509 239348