Sunday, 4 May 2014

Introducing Jewellery & Silversmithing School Meon Valley Studio

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Alongside brides selling on their pre-loved wedding items at Bridal Boot Sales, we sprinkle in a few top local suppliers who all specialise in something a little unique.  You may have spotted Meon Valley Studio at our first Cams Hall event, Olivia will be back with us at Penton Park on Sunday 18th May, showing our visiting brides and grooms-to-be how they can together craft beautiful wedding jewellery.

We recently caught up with Olivia to find out a little more about her fantastic jewellery and silversmithing school and its services.

How did Meon Valley Studio begin? 
Meon Valley Studio was set up in 2009 by two jewellers – Olivia Brown and Lindsey Mann. We wanted to have an inspiring studio from which to design and make our own work, but also to set up a workspace to be able to offer courses to share the wonderful craft with others. After Lindsey moved away from the area in 2011, I (Olivia) continued to expand the number of courses on offer. I love teaching and every aspect of my work.

Can you explain the service you provide and what makes it special for couples? 
I offer couples the chance to come to the studio and make their own wedding rings (or usually each other’s), with my expert guidance. We would first have a consultation either in person or over the phone, to decide on the designs for the rings. I am then able to give exact prices for the metal, and once the couple are happy to proceed, we book a day for the Wedding Ring Course, either on a Saturday or during the week. It makes for a fantastic experience and a very romantic one at that, giving even more meaning to what are already hugely symbolic items of jewellery. Couples are always amazed at how professional their finished rings are, even when they have no previous experience in working with metal.

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What's your favourite type of jewellery or style of jewellery to create? 
I love jewellery that is simple in form, with a careful combination of elegant fluid lines and crisp edges. However the most important thing to me is that the couples achieve exactly the rings they dreamed of, in whichever metal and to whatever design.

Do you have any tips for couples who haven't yet chosen their wedding bands or any trend advice for those looking for something a little different and stylish? 
For the bride-to-be, it is very important to consider her engagement ring and to design a wedding ring that fits perfectly with it, both in physical form and in style. Sparkle is a big deal in current trends, and small diamonds can be set into the ring if she wants to add some bling! For the groom, it is important to achieve the right kind of width and weight with the ring. Subtle details such as surface finish can make a big difference. The idea of wearing a ring can be strange to men who have never worn jewellery, but believe me, after just a day or two he will feel naked without it!

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