My name is Heather Stephens, and I practice and teach the art of making bespoke jewellery from my small personal studio in North London. My passion for jewellery making began during my Applied Art degree – while my classmates worked on huge statues and life-size sculptures, I was drawn to the intricacy of tiny works of art. I spent the final year of my degree focusing on creating silver and gold jewellery, and once I was out in the real world, Heather Stephens Jewellery was born.
Most of my inspiration for jewellery comes from nature – the repeating patterns and groupings that can be found wherever you look, from clusters of barnacles to piles of pebbles, lichen and tree bark – the small details that work together to bring beauty to the big picture. I especially enjoy working with metals for that reason. Materials like silver and gold are a brilliant canvas for creating texture and movement, giving all my pieces an extra dynamic. Where much jewellery is very polished and sleek, I specialise in a more rustic design, giving each item an interesting, handmade feel.
Every single piece of jewellery I make is completely unique – I shape each item by hand and that means you’ll never find two identical rings or necklaces in my collection. A lot of my jewellery is made to order, and I particularly enjoy working with customers to create something individual and personal to them. There’s nothing quite as special as being asked to make an engagement ring or a wedding band, and I’m always honoured to be trusted with something so important and emotional.
As well as making jewellery myself, I also teach classes and workshops. I tailor each lesson to the student, so whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve done some jewellery making before, my two-hour workshops are a great way to build your skills. You’ll also get to go home with a gorgeous piece of handmade jewellery!
I’m always happy to speak to potential customers, so if you’ve got any questions about commissions or classes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.