Today we have been in the workshop, with tea and jaffa cakes! It’s been such a great day, sawing silver and hearing the clink of hammering metal. The sunlight has been blazing through the window and we are over halfway through around 25 bangles.
Making a sterling silver bangle is quite time consuming and labour intensive, even though it is also a pleasure to create. First the metal is measured, cut, weighed and filed. Then it is soldered with an open flame and filed again. It has to be made flat and round before anything else can happen. This is the work that was going on today, with a good dose of hammering, because you all seem to love the hammered infinity style the most! This process tempers the metal, making it stronger, so this means these bangles are suitable for every day wear, which also means we all get to appreciate them a bit longer each day.
I took a few snaps throughout the day with more to follow as they progress. I am really looking forward to getting the heavier bangles off to the Assay Office for hallmarking too. I have made one of these for myself and intend to never never never take it off!
Hope everyone is having a great week, keep reaching for your dreams x
Wedding season is well under way, and I should know, having recently tied the knot myself. It’s such a wonderful time of year for making promises and appreciating the beauty of the world around us. As I sit here typing this, with a cup of hot coffee and a chocolate orange hot cross bun (thank you Waitrose!), reliving the events of three weeks ago feels exhilarating and my heart sores – how could that much love exist all in one place at the same time? Long may it continue.
Having lived my own special day, I felt reinvigorated to freshen up the designs for Prenoa’s wedding charms, as the feeling of having those small pieces of tradition and meaning on the morning of that special day are so important. When I was getting dressed, wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue made me feel like I had an extra wedding cloak around me, that I became a bride. If I can create something that in some small way contributes to that feeling for someone else, then I feel honoured and want to make the very best I can for them.
I wanted to put a twist on a classic, so this time around, the main event are farthings! These bronze little beauties are already loved by you all, so why not bring them into the wedding ensemble? Rose gold is still really popular since its re-emergence in 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down, with a lot of high profile weddings incorporating the scheme into candle sticks, painted twigs, lanterns and bridesmaids accessories.
So four new designs have been launched today and will be available to purchased in limited editions over the coming months. Not only do they feature really lovely coins, but other components by famous and best selling high quality brands.
Each can be displayed in all sorts of ways:
Tie to a bride’s bouquet for a hint of colour, good luck and shine
String on an anklet or bracelet or use the length of ribbon to tie to the wrist or ankle
Tie into a loop under the bride’s dress – often there are small discreet loops for this kind of detail
Tie onto a clutch purse or around a champagne glass
Tie around the wedding cake slice or knife
Attach onto a bridal under garment or a garter
I really hope you like them and as ever, if you have an upcoming event you would like me to help you with, please drop me a line.
Wishing you all the most fantastic Easter week, B xx
This beautiful new design has just launched on the website – the 60th birthday Calm Sea half penny with a new, nautical gold filled statement toggle clasp. This design is inspired by the portholes on the penny and when I first saw these large toggle clasps I just knew I had to use them for something special.
This necklace is so adaptable and is made to be gifted for so many wonderful occasions. Firstly, it’s available in various years, but I’ve released the 1958 version today. Ideal as a 60th gift, but this can also double up for the partner of someone in the navy, or why not a gold anniversary gift (since it is made with both rose gold and yellow gold..?), but I also love the bronze link, as this is what the coin was minted in.
As ever, I have made one for myself and plan to wear it over and over again this Spring / Summer. It goes with my funky light jeans and pale grey ensemble, that you’ll so regularly see me sporting when I’m working in the studio or running to the supermarket, or post office! One thing I’d add, get the 24inch version, as the longer length just works. Also, you can then use it as the footer to a layer combination… maybe with a cheeky little wren design several inches higher… (swoon).
Anyway, I’ll leave you with a photo of the necklace in question, I hope you like it!
It’s been a few months since the ball starting rolling on a new look for prenoa.co.uk, but the launch is finally here. And it’s white! Now who would have guessed it would be white? Anyone who has seen my house or any of my gift wrap will know white is my favourite. Clean, uncomplicated and always on trend!
We have been updating the navigation, offering new categories like ’25th Anniversary Gifts’ ‘8th Anniversary Gifts’ and ’21st Birthday Gifts’ so you’ll be able to find more of what you love now than ever before. The search bar has been improved too, so you can search by year, tag, term or coin and all matches will return results. In addition, we’ve kept the word cloud in the footer, so you can access key words quickly and pin-point exactly what matches.
Products are constantly being made and added, because I enjoy nothing more than sitting down and making, keeping the range expanding and my ideas growing. Bespoke orders are a gift because they help to highlight more of what you love and need, allowing me opportunity to provide that with the best quality coins, findings and precious metals I can find.
In essence, I like to keep Prenoa fresh-faced and ever evolving to suit the needs of the changing market places.
As the collaborative market places alter and expand, Prenoa remains holding strong to it’s core values of uniqueness, mindful making and only the very best service and products possible for every buyer. Purchasing here from the website is the strongest place to do so on the web; each item is gift-boxed, shipped quickly and available with the broadest range of products.
In the future we are looking at new ways to make the browsing and buying process even easier, but in the mean time, have fun using the new features and let me know what you think too at email@example.com
I by chance came across a beautiful little coin on my afternoon of sourcing last week, and after making a necklace for myself, have decided to roll out these little trinkets.
I feel so passionately about our bees and their unique role in our eco-system. I absolutely love anything bee – I use propolis for skin, beeswax for candles, honey on my porridge and even bees wax wraps instead of cling film. I plant so many bee friendly plants in my garden, so the little critters have all-year round energy.
It seems only natural that there should be a coin out there to fill my bees needs too! Bee jewellery is definitely on trend.
So these are the ones have added to the website this morning. One has a lovely toggle design, as these are some of the most popular kinds of necklaces Prenoa sells. The front fastening seems to be a feature that is loved year after year.
The second has a piece of Himalayan amber attached as a charm – this will catch the light like molten honey and works really well with the coin itself.
And as ever, a coin only design; which is perfect for all you purists out there.
Each coin is made of brass, with rose gold vermeil as the metal of choice (or sterling silver with the toggle design if you wish).
As ever, each coin is unique in the journey it has taken and these particular coins are Italian in origin, from the 1920’s and 30’s. Perfect for vintage lovers and coin appreciators alike.
You can click the images to take you directly to the products for a closer inspection and gift wrap is also customisable with these designs. I have a feeling these are going to be the new Prenoa favourite!
It’s now become a whole lot easier to customise Prenoa products without having to leave a note at check out or search through lots of items. Yesterday I launched the drop down menus, which allows every customer to choose the exact design they want quickly and easily. The drop down menus are especially useful for selecting the size of bangle you’d like to order, the birthstone charm you’d like on your sixpence necklace, or even additional plain bangles to stack for a more on-trend gift.
Most products are embedded with this feature and the benefit is a more streamlined shopping experience and a tidier gallery to view.
These gorgeous 2mm infinity bangles are a unique collaboration between myself and the very talented Lesley Adolphson. Firm friends, we have been wanting an excuse to work together for some time and here it is. Infinity bangles are perfect alone with a coin charm, or layered for a more stacked look. Coins and charms can be added over time, or straight away. Personalise these to your hearts content. Available in three sizes, small, medium and large. The hammer effect silver catches the light perfectly and also strengthens the silver so they are suitable for every day wear as well as special occasion. View and purchase here:
Prenoa is having a bit of a make over and it’s not just about the jewellery. In June, talented photographer Katie Julia came to Stamford and in the beautiful afternoon light, took some photos of myself and our models Magdalene, Lottie and the beautiful little Florence. In the captivating setting of an early Victorian home, we captured some effective shots that will be used in the months to come.
Photos will be making their appearance on the front end of the website in the next few weeks, featuring all the models and showcasing new designs, new ideas and new stationary.
Here are a few little shots of both ‘in progress’ and final results. Thank you to Katie, Lottie, Magda and little Flo for bringing the products to life, you are all sensational.
One summer day in 1984, I was sat in my parents’ back garden having my photo taken for their little ‘Becky’ album and I found my Dad’s watch. I was completely fascinated by it – it’s weight, the design and most of all the shiny beauty of it. Years later, I am making my own jewellery, with the same shiny surfaces and intricate detail. Who would have thought? Maybe it was those early introductions to my Mum’s jewellery box or Dad’s watch, but having never been particularly materialistic (I prefer quality over quantity) myself, I do remember being told the significance of each treasured item, the place it was bought, why, who it was from and other stories that made a piece of metal or stone have so much more value and weight to it. Without knowing it, this early lesson has been the glowing light that has grown into the flame of reason behind Prenoa.
After the recent photo shoot with Katie Julia and the girls, I was reminded of this little photo when I saw the early unedited versions of a few taken of me. I realised the expression on my face is similar to that of my younger self; quiet contemplation, contentment and appreciation. That is what I felt about what I saw, and it’s what I feel now about what I see and do. Sure we change, evolve and tire of some things… the clarinet for instance, it never took off… but some things become ingrained and it appears that pretty shiny things are now in the facets of my ‘creative wrinkles of age’. And that makes me very happy.
Giftwrapping is one of the most important ways that a designer can add care and identity to a product. It’s alsoa way that the designer can communicate to the buyer ‘You are important to me, I care and I want this product to really make you or something you care about feel special’.
I am always coming up with new ideas for giftwrapping (or just making secret boards on pinterest that I can later adapt) to make sure that I set myself apart from other designers. Not to be better necessarily, but to be unique and recognisable.
For a few months now I have been giftwrapping items in this way, but today I am updating my photography using the ‘grid’ format which I so love. So here is my promise to you; when I giftwrap your order, this is how it will look and I will take as much care and consideration over these layers of paper and ribbon as I will on the jewellery itself.
All orders are individually gift boxed ready for giving.
UK Postage- £3.00
International Postage- £9.00
Postage costs will be added to your basket automatically during check out.