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.

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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email notification

please note the best email to reach me on for any enquiries  is :-helen.m.burrell@btinternet.com 

My apologies if anyone had been trying to reach me ,but there have been some technical difficulties recently with the       helen@helenburrell.co.uk            email, which I am trying to correct.

Thank you

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my son josh burrell is a traditional tool maker

you can contact josh o:-  01509 646444

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rose gold ring set with beautiful faceted topaz

rose gold ringset with a beautiful;faceted topaz by helen burrell

9ct rose gold ring set with a beautiful faceted topaz

the simple ring set with an orange sapphire in 9ct rose gold

‘the simple ring’ set with an orange sapphire in 9ct rose gold

rose gold ring  with beautiful faceted topaz

I have always loved strong colours and this is an example of how lovely combining the colours of stones with different golds can be to create a stunning effect …

 

 

 

There are many wonderfully coloured stones which can be made up like this to great effect.

Exceptional dress rings can be created for you using a variety of stones, such as:-  peridot, amethyst aquamarine, opal, tanzanites, and  tourmalines, (which come in all ranges of colour) and of course all the precious stones too, such as this orange sapphire.

This ring  is still in stock and is for sale at £750.00 in 9ct rose gold .

(please feel free to enquire.01509 239348)

examples of tanzanite , one of my favourite stones

I have recently set a fire opal  into the ring you see below , which had the glow of a winter fire in its colour, and needed little fuss in the setting to show it off to it’s best effect.

If you have a favourite colour of stone- I can get you some examples for you to choose from for your special ring, or pendant – just give me a call on  01509 239348

rose gold and fire opal ring

9ct rose gold and fire opal ring

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silver cat staring at a goldfish bracelet

this was a commission for a lady who loved cats , I can design and create themed bracelets for you too , please feel free to enquire.

call me on :-01509 239348

silver cat and a goldfish bracelet by helen burrell

Silver cat and a goldfish bracelet

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CAD bespoke ring

CAD bespoke ring

I can now offer a ‘Computer aided design’ bespoke  service , this can be very useful if you have family jewellery that is in an old mount that is worn or doesn’t suit your style, or if you have purchased a special stone while on holiday , the design  below illustrates the CAD drawing that was created to show how my clients family stones would be set, and the finished ring is pictured next to it  , this was her very kind testimonial

‘Simply Brilliant.
We approached Helen with diamonds I had inherited over time from very close family, we wanted the most perfect and unique engagement ring , I gave her my ideas and she then found the best people for the job. Her service is personal from beginning to end, she’s honest and let’s you know exactly what she can do and where she involves others. We picked up the ring 2 days ago and I swear I saw a tear in her eye as she gave it us, the ring is stunningly beautiful and has so many personal memories embedded into it.
I have left her with my final diamond now to design and create my wedding necklace , I know I won’t be disappointed !
We cannot rate her highly enough , whatever you want she will go the extra mile for you , I don’t believe it’s just a business to Her, it’s her Passion.’
Thank you Helen .

My thanks to my lovely client , I am happy that you are so happy !

Helen

Please feel free to contact me if you have a special project in mind,

01509 239348

CAD bespoke ring

CAD bespoke ring

platinum CAD designed bespoke ring

platinum CAD designed bespoke ring

platinum CAD bespoke ring

platinum CAD bespoke ring

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9ct gold pebble beach ring set with a beautiful Ceylon sapphire

9ct gold Pebble beach ring set with a beautiful Ceylon sapphire

This handmade ring is for sale a ‘Helen Burrell’ Original design -9ct Gold Ring- size M – Variations on the theme of a pebble beach
This one is set with a beautiful Ceylon sapphire,- to reflect the idea of a rock pool, mirroring the blue of the summer sky, -this design can be created in your choice of precious metal with the option of topaz or tourmaline set in it if you prefer.

Prices on application.

This one
£550.00

 

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bespoke necklaces created to order by helen burrell

bespoke necklaces created to order by helen burrell

bespoke necklaces created to order

bespoke necklaces created to order

One of my main areas of work is to create ‘one off’ bespoke special pieces in the form of necklaces or bracelets, and even rings have been made, which have significance in terms of the themes they represent.

 

I have recently finished one, based on ‘a walk in derbyshire’ which had great significance for my client….

These pieces can be either relating to memories my clients may have, such as a holiday they remember or a special place or person perhaps…

I work with them to create a unique piece of jewellery which will serve to be worn in their lifetime, but can then be passed on as an heirloom later .

The one shown here is one of my own ‘Four seasons’ necklaces…

this one is based on ‘Winter’ as the theme. I can include my clients’ own valuable and sentimental items of family jewellery if if they choose to do so, as often these pieces are of great importance but are just left in a draw even though they mean so much to my clients, this way they can be revived into something to be worn again and appreciated.

If you would like to discuss your special piece please feel free to call me on 01509 239348

Helen 🙂

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