Welsh Slate

Welsh slate was the inspiration for my latest collection. This currently comprises of earrings, pendants, bangles, rings and cufflinks.

On a recent journey to North Wales, I paid a visit to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llechwedd Caverns, a Victorian Slate Mine in the heart of Snowdonia. The mountains were strewn with tens of thousands of tons of jagged slate discarded from the Industrial Revolution. So fascinated with this surreal landscape and underground caverns, I wanted to encapsulate its properties and transform its texture into my own work.

Despite slate being hard and brittle it is surprisingly easy to cleave, cut and shape, enabling me to cut out templates, which were then moulded and re-produced using the lost wax casting process. Therefore, the few broken pieces collected from my visit were transformed as you see before you, giving them a new lease of life.

I have applied different surfaces finishes and embellished the silver with 18ct yellow gold detail and semi-precious cabochon-set stones. Chains come in either solid silver snake or curb. All lengths are available on request.

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Images provided by Cameron M-Hill Photography