Inspired by the UK's Pottery Industry, Unearthed Jewellery upcycles pottery shard jewellery for those 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.
- We re-use and upcycle unearthed pottery shards,
- We keep a low-carbon-footprint by using UK-sourced materials and supplies, and recycle the packaging our supplies are kept in.
- We use recycled paper for our story cards and boxes and packaging.
- 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
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.
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.
Edinburgh Assay Office Registered
Unearthed by Lynn is registered with the Edinburgh Assay Office. What does this mean for you?
All Unearthed jewellery is crafted from a minimum of 925 sterling silver (Sea Glass pieces are set in Fine Silver) and bears the 925 fineness mark and UBL makers mark, regardless of its weight. Unearthed Jewellery fully complies with the 1973 Hallmarking Act and is registered with the Edinburgh Assay Office, who independently tests and guarantees that all Unearthed Jewellery weighing over 7.78 grams are hallmarked as required.
You can find more information about hallmarking on the Edinburgh Assay Office website:
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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.
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.