Unearthed Jewellery

About

About the Collection:
Inspired by the UK's Pottery Industry, Unearthed Jewellery upcycles pottery shard jewellery for women who love to explore, love being outdoors and treasure handmade jewellery with a unique story.  Unearthed pottery shards are upcycled into one-of-a-kind, environmentally-conscious sterling silver or gold-filled jewellery, connecting you to the land and story of where the shard came from.

Trash to Treasure:
Our sterling silver and gold-filled pottery shard jewellery uses found pottery shards that have been handpicked from the earth and sea, or have been donated by our supporters who wanted to do their part to reduce waste. 

Eco-Friendly Jewellery
Unearthed also gives you the chance to feel connected to the planet. Here's how....
  • We re-use and upcycle unearthed pottery shards,
  • We keep a low-carbon-footprint by using UK-sourced materials and supplies, 
  • We handmake our own jewellery bags by upcycling discontinued fabric sample boards, 
  • We use non-toxic, food-grade chemicals during the silversmithing process.
  • We use Sterling Silver wire and sheet that has been 100% recycled from scrap silver
Purchasing a piece of Unearthed Jewellery means you are doing a little something to reduce the toxins and waste on our planet.

Inspired by the Potteries:
Pottery shards can be found everywhere in the UK and particularly in Staffordshire and the Potteries.... walking along the canal, down the street, in your garden.... Finding these fragments of broken pottery evokes a strong sense of curiosity about the history of the UK Pottery industry, raising many questions....how did it get here, who made the pottery, where was it made, what were their lives like, who were the intended users of the completed piece? The fragments also demonstrate the significance of the ceramic industry of the UK, its tragic decline and the glimmer of its resurrection in recent years.

One of a Kind Jewellery with its Own Story:
Does jewellery hold a deeper, sentimental connection for you? Do you love finding one-of-a-kind jewellery that you know no one else owns? Do you love jewellery with a story?

Using these found shards of pottery, I create for you, one-of-a-kind,  earth-friendly, jewellery with its own story. When you purchase a piece of Unearthed Jewellery, it comes with a copy of the provenance I have been able to uncover from the description.....who made it, where it was made, the pattern name, where it was found, how it likely got there, and how it has been made into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery for you to wear. In some cases, we may know a lot about a piece, in others, we know very little.

About Me:
Half Canadian, half British, I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada to a British-born father who travelled to Canada with my war-bride grandmother.

An active Gold Member of the Guild of British Jewellery Designers, I have designed and made silver jewellery since 2000. Whilst my collections have differed over the years, they have a common thread - an eclectic union of new and old. A few years after earning my degree in Business, I yearned to learn something more creative and began the Jewellery Art and Design Program with Vancouver Community College. I began making jewellery that encorporated antique beads and broken jewellery.

Little did I know life had exciting plans for me - I moved to the UK when I was 30, after meeting a British chap (who is now my husband) on a cycling holiday in France - as you do! Ironically, it wasn't until this move that I traced my family routes around England and discovered that some of my relatives used to live in Staffordshire!

After moving to the UK, I studied silversmithing with Stafford College, and started a collection of pottery shards found in my garden, which quickly expanded. It wasn't long before my love for this collection merged with my love of jewellery making. My first two pieces used a broken shard from my grandmother's heirloom pottery and the first shard I found on the Common in Stone; the idea for Unearthed was officially born.