June 11, 2017

Colouring Me in Earrings.

My new range of silver-enamel retro-modernist earrings, ‘COLOUR ME’, is inspired by the simple beauty and power of colours.
Colour changes how we feel and it expresses our mood as a perfume does. It can accentuate our best features – and earrings have always been one of the principal players in how we dress up.

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November 17, 2016

A Picture Story: Enamelling Pegasus

Enamelling Pegasus: The picture Story_Talisgirl CharmsA picture story to show how much fun I have enamelling my charms. Enamelling the old fashioned way, with powdered glass in a red-hot kiln, is a fabulous thing to do. There's a bit of alchemy and a lot of craftsmanship. 

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July 02, 2016

Butterflies wearing violet wings

Talisgirl-Charms-Bloutjie-butterfly-joining-a-long-tradition-of-silver-jewellery-butterflies-WEB-111There's something about butterflies with their shimmery wings that sets off associations with fantasy and metaphor: ethereal, delicate, powerful, transformed, something of the stuff of magic.

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December 14, 2015

Small elephant baptised by a froggie in a Cape mountain stream.

Talisgirl Charms Cape Forest stream baptism of ellie-with frog

While hiking in a remote ancient Cape forest last weekend. I was wearing my brand new African Elephant charm. When we got to a sparkly stream at the base of a gorge, I felt I should get a photo of my ellie in that extraordinary place.
There was once a time when elephants lived in those forests.

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December 12, 2015

Gift shopping: It's the thought that counts!

Talisgirl Charms-Thoughtful gift shopping_Pansy charmA thoughtful gift is something that says to the receiver that they have been seen, heard and valued.

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December 03, 2015

Cooking up a new batch of enamelled charms.


I've been cooking up a storm in my workshop. My enamelled charms, as always a magical surprise in colour subtleties with each and every firing.

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November 02, 2015

What's in your private treasure collection?

Caravaggio detail_Penitent Magdalene

As a jeweller I occasionally get offered the pleasure of trawling through peoples treasure boxes with them. They are usually quite a mess (!), tangled chains and earrings, but full of surprises, rich in stories and memories.

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October 10, 2015

African talismans for African life energy.

Africa is full of messages for us, and these talismans are the best gifts you can possibly give: beautiful, useful, thoughtful, and all in silver to last and treasure for a lifetime.

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August 24, 2015

What do elephants, apples and crabs have in common? (latest original wax carvings preview.

Talisgirl Charms new elephant baby charm, born at my workbench!

Ellies have the most fabulous bodies, beautiful bone structures and a strange baggy-pajama type skin covering it all. I made my Elephant a baby elephant because I love the playfulness in their movement!

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August 24, 2015

Spring charms! (and a sneak preview)

Talisgirl Charms Spring flower charms in sterling silver and traditional fired glass enamels.So many of my charms are about the concept of Spring. Spring is new beginnings, the miracle of new life unfurling from the buds on a bare winter branch. It seems amazing sometimes that such a miracle happens every year! 
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