Joanne Massey at her graduation exhibitionCITY & GUILDS SILVER JEWELLERY (distinction)

BA (HON) FASHION DESIGN

I have always had a love of jewellery and decided to study the subject after a taster course led me to discover this as my true passion.

I design and handcraft my jewellery to the highest possible standards. My work is highly decorative, bold, individual and stylish. I use 925 sterling silver and genuine gemstones in my work. My influences come from textures and shapes in nature.

I consider myself a perfectionist and will work on a piece for many hours until it is complete and I am fully satisfied with the final look. I treat each item as a piece of wearable art.

I consider an item of jewellery to be a very personal thing, something that can hold fond memories to the person that owns it and last a lifetime. As well as designing and handcrafting my own jewellery range, I also take on commissions.

Before studying jewellery design, I studied art and ceramics and went on to complete a BA (HONS) degree in Fashion Design. I worked in the mass production clothing industry after graduating, adding knitwear designer to my portfolio before launching my own clothing label in 2005.