Updated: Feb 14
If, like us, the ordinary just won't do, and you're looking for something just a little more individual and unique, then you know that's what we have here at Anne Morgan Jewellery.
As news breaks that weddings could resume soon, you'll be eager to start getting plans sorted. Lets make your marriage a little more special with the one thing that will last beyond the actual day. The ring.
A symbol of eternal love, the humble wedding ring has been with us for years, older than any of us and still as important as ever. The wedding ring stands as an emblem of love through time, a symbol of devotion and an agreement between two parties, to love and cherish one another for the rest of their days.
We agree at Anne Morgan Gallery that Jo's rings really capture this symbolic reference and association - rings made from 'honesty seeds', epitomising the truth, so essential within the commitment of a union between two people.
Shepherds Purse grows in the nearby field, with delightful heart-shaped seed-pods, perfect, although imperfectly formed, as tiny symbols of love. How better to celebrate your love than in an everlasting creation.
In the words of Cilla…
What's your name and where do you come from?
Hi, My name is Jo Pond and I'm originally from Berkshire, Surrey, but I now live in Derbyshire in the Midlands.
What do you do, and what do you make?
I'm a contemporary jewellery artist, working often with found and unusual items and combining these with precious metals. I enjoy the narrative that can be woven into my objects.
What is your favourite gemstone? And do you have a favourite tool you’d like to tell us about?
I'm rather fond of citrines and salt & pepper diamonds, and my favourite tool has to be my trusty laser welder! This enables me to join metals around heat-sensitive elements such as found objects, and it also enables me to repair and renovate fine jewellery.
You’re at cocktail party (we all wish), and someone asks you what do you do? What is your two-line response?
"I'm a Jeweller, I've worked in education, teaching jewellery design and manufacture for many years, but I recently bit the bullet and became a full-time maker."
Why and when did you start making?
I started making at 15, when my mum enrolled me on a jewellery evening class.
Fun/little known fact about yourself?
I've moved house 25 times in my life and am just about to make that 26!
If you could go on holiday right now where would you go?
Japan, I've been once, it's magical!
What do you like to do when you’re not making jewellery?
I enjoy making a house a home; renovation, interior design.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery you own?
Difficult! Maybe my Charles Herbert bangle, or my re-fashioned rings which hold my nan's diamonds...or ...
What's your most treasured piece of art you own?
My David Clarke blow spoon. Anne is completely jealous of this- check out his work.
Any dream commissions you’d love to be working on in the future?
I'd love to work with the National Trust or a historic building or museum, to develop pieces inspired by their architecture and history.
What have you been watching? Your favourite tv show you’ve been bingeing/watching this lockdown?
I don't watch much tele, but I do watch Casualty and Strictly!
Alison Macleod, Fairtrade Gold
Almost 5000 years ago, ancient Egypt was the first known culture to exchange 'rings of love' often made of woven reeds or leather. It is said that the Egyptians saw the ring, a circle, as a powerful symbol. The band with no end representing eternal life and love, and its opening representing a gateway to worlds unknown. A circle has no beginning or end and is therefore a symbol of infinity. It is endless, eternal, just the way love should be. For that reason gold has been the chosen material. The ultimate recyclable material, gold is used as an investment and has been passed down from one generation to the next.
While the design of weddings rings is becoming more modern in many cases, the tradition and symbolism of the ring is as strong today as it’s ever been.
So where does your gold come from?
As much as possible we use recycled gold, and most of our suppliers only use recycled gold bullion. We always recycle our scrap gold.
Anne Morgan Jewellery is also included in the Goldsmith Scheme which allows us to create our jewellery in Fairtrade Gold. Anne was lucky enough to meet some miners from Peru and Bolivia a few years ago when Fairtrade Gold was launched in Wales. Although we don't have a full collection created in Fairtrade gold yet, we do have Alison Macleod, showcasing at the gallery. A maker who creates only in Fairtrade Gold.
Fairtrade Gold is sourced exclusively from small-scale mines which meet the Fairtrade Gold Standard; an internationally recognised marker of best-practice for workers' rights and environmental protection.
For more information on Fairtrade Gold click here.
Our Sp-Ring 21 Exhibition
Our Sp-Ring 21 exhibition continues in our window when the shop is manned - which is Tuesday-Friday at the moment so do have a peep if you're passing. The date is getting closer and closer. Hoping to see you all soon. Opening April 12th We are uploading more and more items we have in the gallery to on to our online shop, but if you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the gallery.
Whats coming up next ?
/We're going to be exploring in more detail all about our makers where they are from and what makes them tick
/Want to know a bit more about the stones that we use? We'll introduce you to some interesting facts about semi-precious stones. Do let us know if there's anything specific you'd like to know.
/We'll be styling it up with our very own stylist Rachel Thomas Davies. She'll be showing us ways to wear the jewellery we stock with some of her picks.
/We got some great links to share with you all about jewellery - online exhibitions you can check out and what talks are coming up. If there's anything you'd like us to include in our newsletters then please get in touch.
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