All about Tammy and her Jewellery

 Spirales D'argent

Silver Wire Jewellery by Tammy Betson

Spirales D'argent (french for Silver Spirals).

All of the jewellery on this website has been handmade by myself, I manipulate the silver wire into spirals and different shapes by hand, using just a few different pliers, either out of nickel and lead free silver plated wire, 925 Sterling silver or 99.99% fine silver wire.  Each shape is then hammered to keep its shape.  My designs are very Celtic and give an unusual and modern look to gemstone jewellery.

I use a wide variety of semi precious birth stones and other gems from all over the world.  As the jewellery is made by me, I can change things about a bit if you want, for instance if you want an agate with spirals in sterling silver, you can use the drop down boxes to create your own bespoke piece.  Most orders are made from scratch, once received, however I do have some items in stock.  There are occasion's that I will not have the required gemstone in stock and some gems can take up to a month to arrive, if this is the case, I will email you to inform you of the length of the delay as they are coming from as far away as America or China.

I first started making jewellery in 2009, I am also a wedding florist and when I was running my wedding floristry business in Surrey, I decided to diversify my business and add tiaras and hair fascinators, as I was always very good at wire work.  This led onto me making simple earrings and bead string necklaces, I was then hooked and attended a few craft fairs. However I found there was already a lot of people doing bead string jewellery and I didn't want to be just like everyone else.  So it took me a while to scour the library, book shops and internet, until I found a relatively new way of making jewellery, so after buying a book on the basic techniques of wire jewellery, I worked my way through every project in the book whilst on holiday in France.

I started off making the jewellery out of copper wire as this was more affordable for me to practise on.  I wore my first completed set (necklace, bracelet and earrings) of Greek copper squares and turquoise cats eyes to my best friends wedding and after being complimented on its uniqueness, I decided this was the style for me.

Seven years later, I feel I have perfected my technique in making spirals, so much so that when I am now trading at events and I tell people I make the spirals by hand, people are astounded, believing that I buy them in after they have been made by a machine and these compliments also come from other jewellery makers!

I am most known for my version of a similar necklace Dr Alice Roberts wore a few times on Coast on the BBC, I have completed a number of orders for this necklace now and I often get an email from my customers how pleased they are with it and how they had been looking for something similar for some time.  I now make 5 different versions of this necklace. So thank you Alice!



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