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About Hallmarking

If you look very closely at many of my pieces, you will see a series of tiny letters, numbers and symbols. This is the hallmark, and not only is it is a guarantee of the metal’s fineness, it also adds to the story of how, when, and where it was made.

Close up of a gold band ring, showing the hallmark

The hallmark consists of a sponsors mark (Sarah Ruth Stanford Jewellery bears the letters ‘SRS’ within a chamfered rectangle), metal and fineness marks, and the official symbol of the ossay...


Why Recycled Gold?

As consumers, I hope we are becoming more and more conscious of the way in which our choices impact the environment. Humans have inhabited earth for 200,000 years - our ancestors for 6 million years - and yet we have changed the landscape of this planet more in the last 200 years than the entire time we existed before then.

Jewellery, like any other industry, has its part to play in ensuring we are mindful of the resources we gather and the way we use them. But unlike many other contemporary craft practices, the raw materials I use...


Covid-19 Pandemic - an update on your orders

home studio during pandemic lockdown

 

 

After receiving good news from my suppliers and my assay office I am thrilled to be able to reopen the online shop, with orders currently being crafted in my sweet home studio. 

I hope everybody is and has been following the safety guidelines imposed on the country, and the world, to avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus, and I am taking every precaution to make sure that your jewellery is produced in...


An alternative approach to Valentines Day

Gold Droplet Studs, and a Valentines offer

I wasn't going to offer a Valentines Day special event this year. Valentines Day has never been a particularly important feature in my calendar - I believe small acts of love can be performed anytime, and be just as meaningful, or even more so, away from the hype and pressure of this one particular day.

Gold Droplet Earrings laying on a natural cotton cloth

However, my children came home from school yesterday with a note explaining that...


Some interesting things about gold

This week saw the release of a new, baby addition to my Droplet collection: the Tiny Gold Droplet Charm, and as I write, the first small batch of them are making their way out into the world to meet and adorn their new owners.

I use and love both silver and gold in my jewellery practice, but there is something about gold that I'm particularly drawn to. As a maker I love to work with it, it's definitely my material of choice, and I'm always enthralled by the...