Jewellery that can educate a child August 16 2018
The pendant which educates a childThis beautiful sterling silver Acacia tree pendant costs only £72.00. £42.00 from every sale goes directly to the charity Rise Africa UK, enabling one vulnerable child to go to a private primary school for one month. There is limited number of 250 pendants which will go on sale on Wednesday 5th September 2018.
What is it I do all day? January 23 2015
International Model Leads Catwalk Show September 22 2014
This is Daniella Race, Dani. Daniella is currently the face of my brand KFD Jewellery. On 4th November 2014 Daniella will be leading a group of professional models on the catwalk at the Square Peg fashion Show. Read more here
Square Peg Fashion Show. The Venue. September 19 2014
A glamorous fashion show, with professional, international models, showcasing new collections from desirable boutique designers must be held in an amazing venue, so we knew we had to find somewhere very special. Read more here
Fashion Catwalk Extravaganza September 16 2014
Would you like to attend a glamorous catwalk show, with high end boutique designers, professional models from a London agency held in a gorgeous venue and raise money for an outstanding cause? Of course you would.....so read on.
SSAFA 's Calendar Girls & Guys Bare All August 21 2014
New Additions to the Spring Collection June 30 2014
Spring continues to blossom!
I have just added nine more products to my Spring Cherry Blossom Collection and there are several others ready to be added in the next couple of weeks.
Earlier last month I launched my new Spring Collection with great success. This is probably one of my most labour intensive collections. It was in the research and development stage for three times longer than any other range I have made so far. The matt silver jewellery with oxidised designs were very popular, as expected. I have recently added a necklace, bracelet and earrings to this collection. However I wanted to add more. I wanted to try something new. I wanted to introduce different techniques into my jewellery.
My mother gave me a very stylish antique, Japanese cigarette case for my birthday last year.
In addition I designed some gorgeous single blossom earrings , which are easy to wear and go with everything. (I think these may become my new favourite earrings).
A necklace and bracelet are set to be added to the website later this week ready for Cambridge Open Studios. I am really excited to be adding the most amazing cuffs to the collection the following week .
Come and see the new additions to the Spring family at Cambridge Open Studios. I will be exhibiting in Grantchester Village Hall, Cambridge on 5th , 6th, 12th & 13th July 2014.
Designed with Passion. Given with Love. Worn with Style .
Jewellery Courses June 06 2014
Personalised Jewellery Courses
"Do you run jewellery courses?" is a question that I am asked over and over again. For years I resisted but then, after a series of requests I thought "why not?"
In the 1990s I attended a jewellery making evening course. The course was run in a school woodwork and metal classroom. There were no jewellers benches, limited equipment which had to be shared with the whole group and although the teacher was experienced her time was divided between all the class members. The majority of the lesson was spent waiting for the attention of the teacher or waiting for a specific piece of equipment. I learnt some good basic skills but was deeply frustrated in the process. I have since attended several specialist courses in jewellery schools which were excellent but very expensive. I decided I would run the style of course that I would like to attend myself as a novice jeweller.
My jewellery day courses are held in my workshop which has two jewellers benches and a full range of specialist jewellers tools and machinery. On the day you will have my undivided attention from 9.30a.m to 4.30p.m. The courses are for a full day rather than a series of evening classes to allow you to become immersed in. The atmosphere on the day is fun and relaxed. All refreshments and a light lunch are provided at no additional charge. The structure of each course is flexible to allow it to be tailored to the specific needs and requirements of each participant. Whether you are very focused, or would prefer a more relaxed learning experience these courses are perfect for you as we work at your pace and to your ability.
There are currently 5 different courses available. The ideal first course is 'Make a ring in a day' as this teaches you good basic skills, but any of the courses can be taken with no previous experience.
Now, I love Karen's designs and some of you may know I own a few pieces of intricate beautiful jewellery. Today I gained so much more appreciation for just how amazing these bespoke pieces are. I now have huge admiration for the work that has gone into my ring, never mind my Torque and my new Champagne necklace!
Lifetime Guarantee May 30 2014KFD Jewellery offers a Lifetime Guarantee on all their jewellery. Jewellery repairs are carried out free of charge for life. ( Material costs and postage and packing excluded.)
Calendar Girls Style Photo Shoot March 30 2014
Incredible, Inspirational and Emotional
Earlier this week I took two days away from my workshop to take part in something amazing!
About 10 years ago I met Sally Veck at a craft event . Sally loves my jewellery so her partner ordered her an
Ivy leaf necklace as a gift for Christmas. Her daughter, Eleanor, who was about 15 at the time ordered a matching pair of earrings to surprise her mum at Christmas. In April 2007 Eleanor was killed in Iraq serving her country. This beautiful girl was only 19 years old.
Sally has become an active member of SSAFA Bereaved Families Support Group. Members are from all walks of life, and have all lost a close family member whilst serving in our forces. Sally has raised thousands of pounds for SSAFA through her 'Big Brew Up' events . Her role in SSAFA has seen her take part of the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, attended countless dinners and garden parties and she has even met Prince Charles!
A 'Calendar Girls' style calendar is Sally's latest project. In a short period of time she persuaded mums, dads, aunts and uncles of the support group to model for the calendar. Steve Docks agreed to do the photography and the fabulous wedding venue Hill Place, in Swanmore, Hampshire was made fully available for two days of photography. Owner of Segais Hair and beauty salons ,Charlotte Falkenau kindly donated her her time and expertise to make the models look even more glamorous. I took my jewellery to the venue so that the models could choose a statement piece so they had something to wear!
When I arrived at Hill place on Monday morning I was greeted by a glass of champagne (which flowed liberally throughout the two days) and offers of food. Sally's mum had a mission to ensure that everyone consumed their weight in food over the two days. The food was fabulous. Sausage and bacon for breakfast, cottage pie, rhubarb crumble, a whole fresh salmon and salmon and cake……..lots of cake. No one went hungry, but amazingly everyone stayed sober!
Eleanor's regiment on cup cakes
No one had modelled before so modelling was a challenge and posing nude took everyone way outside their comfort zone. There were emotional times during the two days; it would have been surprising if there hadn't been considering the reason why the group had been formed, but we had so much fun. I can honestly that I haven't laughed so much for ages. We used lots of rooms in the house and it always seemed that there was more laughter coming from the a different room!
Memories from the day:
Photographs of beautiful young men and women taken before their time; the courage of parents & relatives baring all for the cause; Sally's mum's false eyelashes, the bikers who brought their fabulous bikes for the photo shoot; red knickers; the need for BIG teapots; the bottles of champagne; laughter; amazing cakes and 'The Laugh' - one that makes you smile just to think about; the lovely people; new friends.
I write this early on Mothers' Day morning. I spent yesterday evening with my mother who I have just had breakfast with. My 20 year old son is asleep safe in bed having come home late after a night on the town celebrating a friends birthday - he will be off to work later shortly. My 23 year old daughter is getting ready to take me out for to town for lunch. Both my children are the age of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I feel very blessed to be able to spend time with them and talk to them when ever I want to. I feel great admiration for all those men and women I met earlier this week who have bore the unimaginable pain of losing a child and having face life without them.
The calendar is for 2015 and so will be available for sale later this year. Simon Gregory of Clear and Creative Communications Limited has already agreed to produce the artwork for the calendar .
We need amiable printers to help print the calendar and a good PR expert to help spread 'the word'. Can you help?
Please email Sally directly with offers of help and donations firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading this post . Please share and spread the word to show your support for our forces and their families.
Perfect Jewellery for Rectangular Faces
Choosing jewellery to suit you, your personality, tastes and lifestyle can be tricky.....there is so much choice available both on and off line. Being aware of your face shape is a good way to narrow down your selection and ensure that the earrings you choose works with your physical characteristics and emphasises your best features.
In my last blog I gave a quick guide to determining your face shape.
If you missed it, no worries, here is the link http://www.kfdjewellery.co.uk/blogs/news/10008545-the-perfect-stylish-jewellery-choosing-the-perfect-earrings-part-2a
The Rectangular Face
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Designed with Passion. Given with Love. Worn with Style
How knowing your face shape helps you select your perfect jewellery November 08 2013Your face shape determines what size, shape and style of earrings you should wear to enhance your physical characteristics. Know your face shape and choose the perfect earrings to flatter your features every time.
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