I’ve always been besotted with gemstones & silver jewellery. Growing up in Hampshire, England, my favourite place in the world was always the Greenwich Market in London, where I’d spend my time admiring the work of the artisans, spend all my pocket money on rings and tumbled stones, daydreaming about one day having my own market stall of treasures.
After catching the travel bug from an early age and many years of wandering the World, I’m now based, by the Sea, in beautiful Byron Bay. Don’t get my wrong, I still travel at any given moment, but I’ve recently learned that I can be just as happy ‘stuck’ in one place!
My first professional jewellery making experience came in the Cook Islands, where I was kindly given a private tutorial by a wonderful local jeweller and made my very own black pearl ring. My passion grew from there. Since that day, I’ve taken part in workshops around the Byron area, set up my own studio and spend lots of my free time practising silversmith techniques. I am absolutely in love with making rings and pendants for people all over the world and can’t wipe the huge smile off my face when I see how happy my pieces make my lovely customers.
When I’m not creating ‘magic’ in my workshop (I like to call it that because I don’t like conventional job titles!), I’ll probably be lost in nature, somewhere. The ocean is a huge part of my life, as it is with many of yours. The beach is my ‘happy place’ and I adore exploring the underwater world; snorkelling, scuba diving and freediving with graceful and funny looking underwater creatures. The ocean can be a quite daunting; it used to absolutely terrify me if I’m honest! But like anything, understanding it a little bit more brings a curiosity to know more and a stunning new perspective, casting out fear. In my opinion, the ocean brings healing through all of the senses. I truly believe it has a powerful effect on the mind, body and soul; prompting the theme for Samantha By The Sea.
Samantha By The Sea is here to remind you of those precious moments both in the Sea and by the Sea and when we are far away, or need a little extra support, we can wear calming blues or mermaid shades on our hands and our hearts, to remind us of the healing energy the Ocean brings to us and our planet.