Born in 1963, Rie Taniguchi is a Japanese metalsmith, storyteller and naturalist. Her work embraces wildlife, nature and the environment and in folkloric fashion her central characters are charmingly and exquisitely sculptured and many ingeniously articulated. Composite scenes include wearable pieces and her jewellery collections are carved in fine Britannia silver and detailed with gold, semi-precious stones and sometimes textiles.Read More
After two years representing the work of remarkable and distinctive goldsmiths and silversmiths from our gallery in Woodstock, we have made the very difficult decision to close the gallery at the end of April.
Jewellery is about personal connections and individuality. We love meeting you and connecting you to the designers and their works that 'sing to you'. We now seek the best way to continue bringing our collection of works of 21st century jewellery and silver to you. This personal approach is paramount and we will be delighted to assist you with your contemporary jewellery and silverware enquiries. Please call us on 07780 337571, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or place your enquiry with us by clicking the button here...
We want to thank you all, customer, designers, friends and family, for your continued support of Woldstone and your passion for the distinctive 21st century jewellery we showcase. We will keep you informed of our plans as we move forward and can do so directly if you wish to receive news by email.
After Easter we will be saying our 'au revoirs' and we look forward to welcoming you to Woldstone Woodstock if you are able to pop in to see us there before we leave at the end of the month. We have a small collection of original and exquisite works on display until Friday April 28th.
Our very best wishes,
Bronwen and Sian
Vicki Ambery-Smith makes jewellery and silverware inspired by buildings, facades and structures She is not daunted by scale or complexity - rather she adapts her architectural miniatures into wearable and functional pieces as only a master craftsman can; with technical skill, a designer's eye, hand and feel... and decades of experience and perfecting.
Jewellery is a story teller and magician conjuring memory and emotion. Jewellery is about connection to people, emotion and place. Vicki's work firmly connects you to a place and its significance to your past or present - and that is it's genius.
Vicki was brought up in Oxford and several of her works being shown at Woldstone presently are based on landmarks familiar to the city's residents and visitors. The Oxford Ring, above, gives it's wearer a pavement and bird's eye view of renowned colleges and famous public buildings, subtly and personally interpreted and adapted by Vicki to evoke her sense of these structures. I love to imagine Vicki passing these very places in her childhood and as she grew and developed as an artist, reflecting on the very characteristics that would be central to her aesthetic.
And so to wearability? Having worn this ring while at the gallery one day (a delightful perk of the gallerist) and can vouch for its comfort and its extraordinary balance.
'Globe Theatre' Brooch , silver, red and yellow gold
Pay a visit to Woldstone and let Vicki guide you to Renaissance Tuscany with lapel pins and rings, to discover modernism in Bilbao with brooches and to evoke Summer days in English gardens with bee hive cufflinks.
Do you have a piece of jewellery that is so effortless and so versatile that you reach for it over and over again?
Nicola Starks is a jewellery designer and maker whose collection comprises hammered circle chained necklaces, bracelets and ear studs in precious 18ct gold and sterling silver. The result is classical yet modern; youthful yet ageless. The metals are hammered, the finish is matt and rich and the patina of age and wear always adding, and never subtracting, from the piece.
I have worn a Nicola Starks necklace for over 13 years; it is a cornerstone of my jewellery collection and I reach for it day and evening. I like the way the light hits the individual discs which subtly move when I move. I like the fabric feel of the necklace in my hands and I like the simplicity of the piece which has the versatility to complement all clothes - patterned and block, casual and posh. For all it's simplicity, it's not withdrawn and shy, but confident.
Oh.. have I mentioned?.....because it suits almost everyone, Nicola's jewellery makes a wonderful gift. And I like the fact that the price is accessible and a terrific investment in cost-per-wear terms!
It is for all the above reasons, that my niece received a Nicola Starks bracelet for her 18th and my mother a necklace for her 80th; that I have gifted a piece to a friend in her 40s....and ....that her wonderful work is a cornerstone of the Woldstone collection. Prices for sterling silver start at £40 for ear studs, £100 for bracelets and £200 for necklaces . In 18ct gold, ear studs are from £130, bracelets from £525 and necklaces £1150.
Why not pop into the gallery to see Nicola's work or email email@example.com to enquire further; we will be delighted to help.
Or rather, they never went away...
We love brooches. And we are not the only ones. We were not dreaming when just in the last few days/weeks we see Jennifer Hudson wearing a pin on The Voice , Dannii Minoque decorating a dress with a dazzling brooch on Let It Shine and Stephen Fry pinning his lapel with a golden badge for hosting the BAFTA awards.
From March 1st to April 1st 2017, Woldstone presents ‘Brooch Festival 2017' - a Spotlight exhibition dedicated to brooches, badges and pins.
Why brooches? They are versatile and artistic jewellery pieces. Brooches have rarely disappeared from the catwalk – brooches are modern, refreshing, elegant and playful; they are worn by men as well as women and can be attached to scarves, collars, dresses, lapels, centered on a buttoned-up collar, attached to belts, ties and bags.
As one of the exhibition's featured designers Sarah Parker-Eaton explained “The brooch is one of the most enduring and personal jewellery items; for me they have always been a glorious way to signal something about your personality that may not immediately be apparent. Brooches are never only accessories - they will always make a statement!".
We want you to be inspired by Woldstone’s collection of wonderful and unique brooches and pins by leading contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths - and give brooches a stab.
The brooches, pins and badges exhibited during March 2017 are exquisite examples of contrasting styles and materials - from the humorous, to the narrative, to the luxury and the geometric. The 2017 Festival shows work by the crème de la crème of contemporary goldsmiths, many award-winning, and many new to the gallery for this exhibition. They are master craftsmen - working with a wide range of media including fine, precious metals, rare gemstones, vitreous enamel, ceramic, wood and acrylic.
We are particularly delighted to welcome the work of Paul Preston, aka Red Mole, Alan Craxford and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE; legendary goldsmiths with an international following.
YOUR FESTIVAL INVITATION
Please come along, bring a friend, marvel at these contemporary brooches, try them on – they are masterpieces at the very heart of art jewellery and jewellers’ artistry.