Category Archives: Life Story Necklaces

Jewellery design by Helen Burrell that tells your life story

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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Life story necklace ©

This was a lovely commission to have been given, my client kindly trusted me with her family pieces of gold to transform into new details such as forget-me-not flowers, a rose, oak leaves and clover leaves. other features were a nestling rabbit, an owl flying, and an orange coloured citrine set as a feature stone to remind her of a special sunset………



I specialize in these necklaces and if you look on the ‘holistic jewellery and the ‘life story’ sections of the website you will see how different they all are. please contact me if you would like your story told in the form of a necklace or bracelet…
TEL:- 01509 239348

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Life story necklace © another ‘helen burrell’ original design

My clients Life Story necklace
As a follow on form my previous post my client has very kindly sent me this testimonial :-
‘I first met Helen and saw her beautiful jewellery on a visit to her shop at Melbourne.
I loved the idea of using some of the jewellery my Mum had left me which had sentimental value but was not to my own taste.
I decided to have a special necklace made and wanted it to be a symbolic representation of happy memories, family friends and even pets!
After discussing my own thoughts with my husband and grandson Joseph, I met with Helen to discuss how my ideas could be incorporated into a necklace.
Helen then produced a beautiful design, which was perfect.
I must admit I was nervous when the day arrived to collect it, but my nerves were needless.
My necklace is absolutely stunning, I was overwhelmed! it was gorgeous, it reminds me of my Mum and Dad and all things precious to me, and of course it is unique.
I know for sure my Mum would have loved it,
I’ve had a lovely , happy and positive experience thanks to Helen’s incredible talent, patience and her eye for detail.

I loved making it for you, and am thrilled that you love it too, thank you very much for the commission.

Life story necklace an original design by helen burrell

Life story necklace


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Life Story Necklaces

Start of journey

I have been a jeweller for many years and enjoy making varied styles of jewellery. I am able to interpret the requirements of my customers and can create unusual pieces to order. The necklace shown here, however, is another, different, aspect of my work.

I wanted to create some jewellery that was more than just decoration, and to personalise it, so that it carried meaning for the person who owned it, and held interest for others. Something that expressed both a spiritual and a symbolic meaning. I have often thought how interesting Victorian and Egyptian Jewellery is for that reason.

This piece illustrates that idea. Join me as I tell the story of a simple but special journey…..

Our journey begins at the point where you leave home and travel, anticipating the future, along the roads to the sea…..

Then you arrive at the beach, and breath in the fresh Sea air…..

2nd stage of the journey

…..just taking time to walk along intently looking down, searching the pebbles for that special stone, the one that stands out as yours alone.

3rd phase of the journey

You pick it up and feel its smooth shape in your hand, and look at the wet bands of colour shining through, and you slip it into your pocket as a keepsake.

Walking along the beach you are thinking about your life…..

4th phase of the journey

…..and come to a rock pool where the blue of the sky is reflected back to you. Looking into the colour you see myriad life forms living, oblivious to your presence.

5th phase of the journey

A little further on as you come to the Sea you track rivulets carved into the sand and cross the pathways of footprints others have left on their journeys.

You see pools of water resting amongst the rocks and feel the hard ribbed sand beneath your feet. In the distance you catch sight of a large rock set back from the shallows and decide to sit there for a while…..

6th phase of the journey

On the far side of the rock a torn piece of fishing net lies on the sand, you spend time sitting looking out to Sea.

7th phase of the journey

Questions asked….. waiting for answers, each one expected on the seventh wave and gathered in the net, into one precious gift to take with you.

You have lost all sense of time, but suddenly feel a chill wind as the sun begins to set. You have your gifts of knowledge but still feel a restlessness within you…..

8th phase of the journey

….. as you come to the edge of the cliff to begin the climb up steep steps carved into the rocks; the tide flows and swirls around your legs, knee high.

9th phase of the journey

You pull yourself up, past a golden starfish, by the ropes anchored into the cliff.

A sandy path edged by marrom grass leads you up to the top of the cliff where you stand and gaze at the sunset, reluctant to leave such a timeless place. So the journey home is taken by the longest route…..

10th phase of the journey

… you feel the need to stretch your holiday to its limits….. even so there is a sense of relief as you finally reach your front door, home again.

Turning the key to open the door you see your SELF in the hall mirror and realise the future….. is inside you….. as you are the Creator….. of your Own Reality.

the Journey's end

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