School of Hard Knocks – My foray into metalsmithing.

I was holding a gas torch. It was burning blue on the highest flame, accompanied by an intimidating roar. I didn’t trust myself with it, and given my terrible record with heated things, I had good reason not to.

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In Full Bloom – Five floral jewellery collections for spring.

Spring is here… Supposedly. There are no signs of it here in Stockholm. In fact, it snowed yesterday. Well, if nature’s not giving me any flowers, I’m going to find my own, and the ones I like will never wither in winter. Here are five floral jewellery pieces that I’ll take over a bouquet any day.

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When Haute Couture isn’t Enough – Five high jewellery creations that threatened to outshine the fashion at the recent Paris Haute Couture Week.

Where would Kate Middleton’s wedding style be without the iconic Garrard sapphire engagement ring or the Cartier tiara? Where would Cinderella be without her glass slipper? I shudder to consider the consequences.

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Hidden Messages – Five ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day.

Heart shapes on Valentine’s Day is such a cliché; subtlety is more tasteful. Here are five gem-studded creations that say “I love you” with all the class and none of the crass(ness).

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Ruling the Roost – Rooster-inspired jewellery for the Chinese year of the rooster.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the rooster, so I decided to go on a hunt for jewellery that makes the most of Mr Cluck’s natural beauty (or lack thereof).

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