Posted 12th Jan 2015
Started from a country kitchen table, now a thriving bespoke jewellery business, Harriet Kelsall is the talent behind the tale, preserving traditional craft skills through her love of making beautiful jewellery
Aged just four years old, Harriet (pictured left) made her first silver and amethyst ring with help from her jeweller father, and soon she was hooked, determined to make jewellery a big part of her life. Harriet started her bespoke jewellery business in her spare room at home in 1998, with a desire to improve ethics in jewellery and the careers of budding young jewellery designers through her work. Today Harriet's living her dream as she leads a 14-strong team of talented designers who help to create stunning rings and other jewellery pieces from scratch. She is now also proudly one of the first jewellers in the country to use Fairtrade metal, also ethically sourcing gems, making her pieces extra special.
A country girl at heart, Harriet and her team work from a beautiful Tudor barn conversion in the Hertfordshire countryside, with inspiration available at every turn, from the garden designed based on a template of a ring, to the millstone table and wheat stalk-inspired furniture inside. The jewellery itself is made taking inspiration from each customer's personal story, very often requesting a nature-inspired piece from a favourite flower, animal, mountain or even car journey, that the designer must then put onto paper, a true skill in itself.
Starting life as a drawing, the talented goldsmiths turn jewellery ideas into miniature works of art, making almost everything by hand right here in Britain, preserving traditional craft skills as they do so. Customers can even see their jewellery being made via the viewing gallery open to the public at the Halls Green workshop, or get a few ideas first at the Cambridge studio and shop.
From engagement rings and wedding rings, to unusual pendants, bespoke cufflinks, elegant earrings and statement brooches, whatever the memory, idea or vision, the Harriet Kelsall designers work hard to make it happen, creating unique one-off pieces from designs only used once, meaning every piece of jewellery to pass through the door is a treasure in its own right, as are the historic skills they're preserving.
Visit www.hkjewellery.co.uk to find out more.