You know how it is when you want to give something that really means something to just that person you are giving it to? I have spoken with a lovely bride-to-be the last few weeks, collaborating to design four sets of jewellery for her very different bridesmaids. I love Penny’s take on the whole thing, because although she has four lovely bridesmaids, wearing the same gorgeous amethyst silk dresses, she wanted to give each girl their very own set of jewellery that matched their style, colouring and personality. They are not necessarily to wear on the day, unless they want to. I like her style!

Unfortunately, due to a camera botch-up, I only have photos of three sets. Still getting used to this new camera and taking photos in my new loft space workroom.

The first set are based on my Seraphim jewellery, but instead we used gold fill which really sets off the crackled quartz beads and a tiny emerald on the extender chain.


crackled quartz gold fill oxdized silver handmade silver earrings 1


crackled quartz gold fill oxdized silver handmade silver necklace 1


I oxidized the sterling silver figaro chain, which I feel really shows up the texture of the pattern.


blue mixed gemstone necklace hand made by rachel lucie


This set was also oxidized, and was inspired by the gorgeous blue tones of aquamarine, turquoise, amazonite and blue lace agate. These are new beads I am going to be using in designs this spring and summer


blue mixed gemstone earrings hand made by rachel lucie


The little emerald beads featured on the ends of the earrings and necklace, too.


garnet and tourmalated quartz gold fill earrings


These gorgeous earrings also have a matching necklace (not shown here) and we decided that faceted garnet and tourmalated quartz would be perfect for this bridesmaid. They are actually a very dainty pair of earrings, the beads are only 4 to 8mm.

The fourth set is unfortunately unphotographed, but features amethyst and emerald. (As an aside, in the meantime my new camera lens arrived, and you can tell the pictures are better already!)

Penny was delighted with these sets of jewellery, and what we created together so she then asked if we could come up with a design for her (she had some pearl jewellery borrowed for the big day, but felt it wasn’t really ‘her’).

These are what we came up with, and are my absolute favourites!


gold fill green amethyst peridot hand made earrings 1


A theme throughout the wedding was combinations of gorgeous greens, and Penny’s engagement ring has green sapphire and tourmaline. To complement this I used gold fill with green amethyst and peridot to create necklace, earrings and bracelet.


gold fill green amethyst peridot hand made necklace 2


peridot handmade gold fill bracelet


They are such a delicate design, and compliment Penny’s wedding dress, without steeling the show. I have been promised photo’s of the big day, which I shall share when I get them.

In the meantime, I got this lovely thank-card from Penny, telling me all about the big day, which apparently went perfectly, and the bridesmaids loved their jewels, too. I love my job :)




Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    15th March 2013

    Hi Rachel,
    They are lovely. I did the wedding flowers for Penny and she told me all about her gorgeous jewellery she was having made. She was a dream to work with.
    Chloe at BareBlooms

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      15th March 2013

      Hi Clare! Thanks for stopping by, and lovely comments. I haven’t see any pictures of Penny’s flowers, do you have a link you could share? I loved working with Penny, too – a dream client – full of her own ideas, but gave me lots of creative freedom to get my teeth stuck into! Hoping to get hold of some of their pictures for the blog.