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upcycling family jewellery before and after…

This was a lovely commission to do , so Many thanks to my client for trusting me with it, and it is an example of ‘upcycling’ family jewellery as a before and after to show you what is possible to do.   My client had inherited her mothers, grand mothers and great grandmothers wedding bands,- but she didn’t wear rings, so decided a pair of earrings would be a lovely way to make full use of these very special items.

To start with I had to warm each one up with my gas/oxygen torch to check if they had previous solder joints in them as this would dictate where they could be cut through for re use.  See the picture below.

This is how the Gold looks when it has been warmed in the torch flame, some oxide comes to the surface, which changes how it looks but can then be polished off.

It enables me to see any old solder joints then before I start any work on them.

three gold wedding bands used for upcycling to earrings

three wedding bands for upcycling

Once I had discussed the details with my client and had been given the ‘Go ahead’ I rolled each of the two heavier rings out to make the drops.

They were then polished and twisted to give the effect you see below.

The final lighter weight ring was cut into the shapes which were soldered as details  onto the new 18 carat gold wires.



Strong butterfly clips were added to ensure they would not be lost when worn. When they were completed the gold was particularly beautiful being 22 carat Gold for the drops.

My client kindly gave me a 5 star Google review:-        ‘I contacted Helen when I inherited three wedding rings belonging to my mum, grandma and great-grandma, which I knew I would never wear, but wanted to use the gold to have earrings designed and made. Helen understood exactly what I wanted and talked me through what was possible until we came to a design that I was happy with, using all the rings. I dropped the rings off with her and picked up the earrings in less than a fortnight, and I am delighted with them. They are everything I hoped they would be, and I am happy to recommend Helen to anyone with a bespoke commission.’

If you have family pieces sitting in a draw at home, then perhaps you could consider having something new done with them too, something  that you would feel happy to wear, and would keep the sentiment and family connection to them.

As you can see a ring can become a pair of earrings or a pendant , or be included in a bracelet as a detail, most things would be possible with additional materials , or as in this case the majority of the gold was used.

I can provide any new gold or stones you would like if you don’t have enough in the jewellery you wish to use.

Please feel free to enquire:)    Call me on :-  07913 575 490

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Yellow gold upcycled earrings by Helen Burrell

Posted in Memorial Jewellery, News, Portfolio, Reworking Gold, Rings, Wedding Rings |

New website

I have  just launched a New website where you can buy my range of rings in my CoastalNature and General ranges , please visit :- 

I am working full time, based in Loughborough, and can be contacted on 07913 575 490   9.30- 6.00 Monday to Saturday.

Feel free to contact me if you would like something special made,
or any repairs or restorations done.
I undertake commissions for
Bespoke Engagement and Wedding rings,
Dress rings etc. and ‘one off’ Life story or memory Necklaces etc, 

I am happy to discuss any potential commissions with you first. 

Helen  07913575490 

Posted in Commissions, Engagement Rings, News, Wedding Rings |

silver starfish bracelet by helen burrell

This  silver starfish bracelet was a piece commissioned for a Christmas Present, the starfish was cast, and the silver link bracelet made up with all sorts of glass coloured beads and a shell.

Pendants and necklaces could be made up in different styles too using these pretty beads and additional hand made pieces. Please feel free to enquire.  07913 575 490

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starfish bracelet by helen Burrell

Posted in Commissions, News, Other Items, Portfolio |

The three bead ring by helen burrell

For Sale :- £850.00  9 carat gold  ring by helen burrell set with a beautiful green tourmaline, and two gorgeous pink sapphires.

The three bead ring by helen burrell

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The three bead ring by helen burrell

This is one of my latest rings, which would make a lovely Christmas Birthday or Anniversary gift.
‘The three bead ring’, depicts intertwining leaves and berries .
Created in 9 carat gold, and set with a beautiful green tourmaline and two gorgeous bright pink sapphires .

The stones are particularly good in this ring and I have used complimentary colours to enhance the design


There is only this one in stock at present@ £850.00, in gold, but I also have a Silver version due to be set with a green tourmaline and two pink tourmalines, which will be priced at around £295.00.
-please feel free to enquire…

Other versions can be ordered in platinum , white gold or 18 carat gold if required, and set with your choice of stones, (prices on application) because the cost of metal varies considerably, and the quality of different stones can be very different.

This means you can choose the materials its created in to suit your budget, and the quality of stones you want to have set in it.

The ring size is i and a half, so it’s suitable to be worn as a small finger ring, or on a second finger depending on  hand size.

Small alterations are possible for re-sizing for this design.

Please feel free to call me for further information  07913575490

Posted in Jewellery For Sale, News, Portfolio, Rings |

commissions- a special brooch

This was a commission from some good friends who wanted to commemorate a special occasion with this distinctive champagne bottle top .

I created it in Silver following my clients brief, to depict bubbles popping, with domes of silver and yellow citrines set in it in a random pattern.

It’s always good to work together with clients on design ideas, and I was sent a picture of  it being worn by her when she received it,- It looked great on her Winter jumper , many thanks to you both for the commission .

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A special commission based around a champagne bottle top

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links to my google page and testimonials


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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 .’


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

Posted in Commissions, Engagement Rings, Jewellery Design, News, Portfolio, Rings, Uncategorized |

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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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

Posted in Commissions, Jewellery Design, News, Pendants, Portfolio |

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.

Posted in Commissions, Enhanced Jewellery, Jewellery Design, News, Portfolio |