Author Archives: Helen Burrell

About Helen Burrell

I am now a Jewellery Designer based in Loughborough and Melbourne Derbyshire, I started my career in jewellery design after doing a year's foundation course at Cheltenham college of Art. Following on from there I completed a three year degree course in 3 dimensional design at Loughborough college of Art and Design and specialised in jewellery making. Since then , I have run my own business,'Helen Burrell~Fine jewellery',- and have managed two shops. I have worked as a jewellery tutor, a healer and a bereavement counsellor and worked with children and young adults in the education system. I have now been established as a Designer and Goldsmith for over 30 years and I am developing ranges of jewellery as well as continuing my bespoke services.

new computer aided design rings

new computer aided design rings 

the benefits of computer aided design are that exact details can be requested and then seen as an image before the piece is made, this gives my clients confidence that the piece described and designed for them will be  as they visualized it.

my recent commissions have been about working with my clients and my CAD team to to create some beautiful rings , some of which are illustrated below :-

many thanks to my clients for this lovely commission….

their testimonial was much appreciated:-

‘Helen provided my wife and I with an excellent professional service, which was an honest and enjoyable experience from our first contact to the finished bespoke rings she created for my wife.
Helen took time to fully understand my wife’s requirements and came up with two fantastic designs that met the brief perfectly and were subsequently commissioned.
Without hesitation, we would go straight to Helen for any future pieces and have no reservation in recommending her brilliant results. ‘

‘Thank you both so much , it was lovely to meet you and work with you both to achieve your special designs , and it’s really good to have met your expectations too.
Thanks again for trusting me with your commissions , I really appreciate it .’

Helen:)

pink diamond ring

This beautiful ring was designed as a result of thorough consultation with my clients, we pooled our ideas – and had this beautiful ring created in platinum by my brilliant cad team , it has a marquise diamond center stone with a halo of gvs quality  brilliant cut diamonds and has two lovely pink diamonds as feature side stones .

another example is illustrated below :-

aquamarine ring

aquamarine ring set in Platinum with diamond channel set detailed shoulders

many different designs, and any stones can be set in rings such as this,-

each one being unique .

many thanks to my client for this lovely commission too

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Opening hours for my shop are between 11 o’clock and 4 o’clock on Fridays and Saturdays

 MY SHOP ADDRESS IS:- 

Melbourne hall visitors centre

church square melbourne

post code DE73 8EN

I look forward to seeing you there,

Or if that isn’t convenient for you ,you can make an appointment to see me in Loughborough , just call 01509 239348

Helen:)

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An interesting film with Rick Edwards and Dan Jones and my son Josh Burrell

 

 My son Josh burrell is Traditional tool maker ,

This is an interesting film about making an iron age axe with Rick Edwards and Dan Jones and my son Josh Burrell is shown here teaching them in our forge in Loughborough .

To contact Josh just ring  01509   646444.

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bee pendant

This was a commissioned piece, and was created mainly in silver but with gold wings this was all hand fabricated so involved many hours at the workbench making all the separate parts of the bee, it was a fun piece to do , so  thank you to my client for the commission.

silver and gold bee pendant by helen burrell

silver and gold bee pendant by helen burrell

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9ct white gold canal scene pendant- by Helen Burrell

9ct white gold canal scene pendant-designed and created by Helen Burrell

This was a lovely commission to do which reflected my clients’ pastimes, as they owned a Canal barge.

It was commissioned for a Ruby Wedding Anniversary gift , and I created the scene in 9ct white gold  to show the water passing under a canal bridge, with a fence and bulrushes in the foreground, and it was set with two diamonds to represent the sparkle on the water.

The pendant has a feature Ruby set in the top of the piece.

Other scenes can be made to reflect your special places too, just give me a call to discuss your ideas , 01509 239348

canal scene pendant

9ct white gold ruby and diamond pendant for a ruby wedding gift , designed and created by Helen Burrell

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silver bangle

silver bangle created by helen burrell

silver bangle set with a moss agate stone

This silver bangle was designed and created for one of my clients to use up some of her family pieces . Special stones like the moss agate were set as a feature in this new silver bangle.

 

 

 

The stone was retained in its original setting from a ring she had previously…and was secured in a four claw silver mount.  Small diamonds were used from another piece she had, and were flush set into the silver leaves, as symbols of water droplets on the leaves , tendrils of silver wire decorate the frame to suggest growing plants .

silver bangle

silver bangle

 Other designs of bracelets and bangles can be created using your old family jewellery ,-please feel free to contact me with your ideas and we can work together to make something special.

my thanks to my client for this commission.

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Opening times for my shop are 11 until 4 o’clock on fridays and saturdays

 

Opening times for my shop are from  11- 4  o’clock  @:-

The Visitors Centre

Melbourne Hall Church square

Melbourne

Derbyshire

DE738EN

other appointments are also available in Loughborough,- just ring me on 01509 239348 

thank you 

Helen      🙂

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Bespoke stud

sapphire diamond and ruby gold stud stud

sapphire diamond and ruby gold stud

A Bespoke stud

This is a very kind testimonial from my client:- Adrian

‘My recent commission from Helen Burrell was prompted by a case of ‘Mid Life Crisis’ ( or rather ‘Mod’ life crisis!) I had, for some time, been trying to source a gents yellow gold , single stud earring depicting the iconic Red, White & Blue Mod Roundel using preferably, set stones. Having trawled the internet thoroughly I was unsuccessful – no surprise there as such a piece existed only in my mind’s eye as I had never actually seen such a piece. The decision was then made that the only way forward was to have one created for me – so back to the internet, where I arrived at Helens website. After reading her excellent reviews, I got in touch & I am so glad that I did. The finished piece was exactly what I had envisaged. The attention to detail & interpretation of my requirements was amazing & resulted in a 11mm gold stud using no less than 22 precious stones of exceptional quality to achieve the desired design which was subtle & tasteful – important when you are an aging Mod the wrong side of 50 & cannot get away with wearing anything too outlandish! However, in certain light, the fire & sparkle of the stones really are something – but I am sure I can get used to this! You could be forgiven for thinking that a bespoke piece of this quality would be prohibitively expensive but  I was surprised to find this was not the case. Helen is a lovely lady who clearly cares about what she does & how she does it to achieve that special piece for her clients. If you want to obtain the unobtainable in bespoke jewellery, give her a call – You will not be disappointed!’

Many thanks Adrian it was great working with you,- and I love that we got it exactly right for you , my CAD design company deserve most of the praise though .

To my future clients,- please feel free to call me if you have a special piece in mind and I am happy to find the best way to create your special piece too ..

Helen

01509 239348

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the link to my other website -for bespoke ready made rings

 https://www.creative-jewellery.com/ 

Are you  looking to buy a bespoke  ‘ready made‘ ring?

– if so then I have this other  website with ranges of jewellery that can be made up to order,- in any metal and with your choice of stones.

My ranges are currently on themes such as the Garden and Nature, and the Sea,  and Abstract designs.

if you see a design you like you like , then just get in touch and I can get you an estimate to have it made in your choices of metal and stones.

An example of the Sea range is this starfish on the beach ring :-

this could be in white gold with a sapphire to represent a rock pool,

or 18ct yellow gold with a diamond ,- to represent sparkles on the water

or 9ct yellow gold with a green garnet to represent seaweed,

the permutations are down to you 🙂 and your preferences….. a bespoke ring that you can see before you buy. 

starfish on the beach ring by helen burrell

Helen Burrell design ‘starfish on the beach’ bespoke ring,- designed for you in any metal with any stones

 

 

 

Contact Helen on :-  01509 239348

I look forward to hearing from you……

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transformations of reworked family gold

Here is another example of a transformation of reworked family gold.

– my client requested that I designed and created for them a special gift for a little girl , which would be given to her on her 18th birthday.

-they gave me some special family jewellery that had been gathered together for the purpose , some lovely rings that had very nice colourful stones in them ,  a ruby, diamonds sapphires and an emerald.

Between us we came up with the idea of a pendant in the form of a dragonfly , this was made by various methods such as casting up the ring shanks for the body of the dragonfly, and piercing out the wings from the wide wedding ring I was given .

The body of the dragonfly had the colourful stones set into it and the diamonds were flush set into the wings.

transformation of the reworked family gold -to creating the special piece …

Here are the photos of the rings and the design and the finished piece.

family gold collection

family gold collection for the dragonfly pendant created by helen burrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

design and family gold collection

Design for the pendant with the family gold collection it was created from,- by Helen Burrell

gold dragonfly pendant created by helen burrell

reworked family gold – a dragonfly pendant created by Helen Burrell

Many thanks to my clients for the lovely commission, it was a very special piece to create and I hope the little girl will love it on her 18th birthday .

 

 

 

If you have a special family event coming up in the future then perhaps you too could  think of having a transformation done , I am happy to work with you to achieve your special piece . Just call me on 01509 239348  to discuss your ideas.

Helen 🙂

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