Jewellery Masters: Kate Harvey

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Kate Harvey In Her Garden Studio

Kate Harvey is the designer and owner of Grace and Flora. She designs and hand crafts jewellery inspired by nature. Creating elegant, intricate and beautiful pieces of art that the wearer can take pride in. Her jewellery will make a cherished gift for yourself or a loved one, and will also compliment any outfit.

London-based Kate uses precious metals to create every piece by hand, in her garden studio. Each piece is made with love and attention to detail, using a variety of different methods. This includes using gorgeous natural gemstones and pearls combined with precious metals. Creating fashionable pieces, suitable for any occasion.

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Sterling Silver Nature Inspired Necklaces

Not only are Kate’s designs inspired by nature but she takes her responsibility for being eco-friendly very seriously. She uses recycled sterling silver and packages the jewellery using environmentally friendly materials.

Kate was kind enough to do a Q&A with me. She chatted about her work, jewellery and design, and much more.

Tell us about yourself, and your love affair with Jewellery.

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Sterling Silver Woodland Charm Bracelet

I first started making jewellery as a teenager, making things for friends and myself. I started making jewellery to sell 5 years ago and really love it, it’s a great way to spend my time!

When did you first realise you wanted to make Jewellery as a career?

After having many years without making jewellery, I decided 5 years ago to try again. I soon realised that things had dramatically changed from when I was younger. There was now a great market place online with an array of different platforms for makers to sell their work. This made it much more viable and possible, than it had been before, for me to sell my work.

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Sterling Silver Hydrangea Ring

I love being able to be creative. It’s also wonderful to have good feedback about my pieces from my customers. Knowing that customers love my designs make it even more satisfying. I balance my jewellery design with my other job as a part time Counsellor and it works very well.

As a designer, where do you draw your inspiration from?

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Sterling Silver Shell Earrings

All my jewellery is inspired by nature. I make replicas of leaves, flowers, shells etc and turn them into pieces to wear in silver and soon in gold. My pieces are a celebration of nature.

How would you describe your designs?

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Sterling Silver Bangle With Rose Leaf Charm

My jewellery is fairly delicate and wearable, but unique as well. They are simple designs on the whole which people seem to like. And can be worn every day, day or night. Soon I’m going to start making jewellery in gold, but at the moment it’s mostly silver.

What is your favourite piece you’ve ever created?

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Sterling Silver Blackberry Necklace

I have quite a few favourites. However, I love to wear a blackberry necklace every day. It’s a lovely shape and a little quirky whilst being subtle. I never take it off! I think because it took a couple of failed attempts and I persevered, that makes it more satisfying!

What are you currently working on?

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Sterling Silver Daffodil Necklace

I have several new things in the pipeline. I’ve just finished a snowdrop and a daffodil pendant. And I’m just finishing an ammonite fossil pendant and new hydrangea ring which I love.  I’m bringing out some gold plated designs very soon and solid gold after that which is very exciting!

What advice would you give to someone interested in becoming a jewellery designer?

Lots of people are buying online now so it’s easier to set up a shop. Jewellery is particularly competitive in terms of volume of makers at the moment. Therefore, jewellery designers have to work harder to be seen in social media and online marketplaces. It is important to try and offer something unique.

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Sterling Silver Sycamore Earrings

Jewellery making is a wonderful thing to do whether it’s to make a living or just for pleasure.  It’s important to make things you really love and because of that, the chances are someone else will too!