Designer jewellery: Important things to consider when choosing the perfect piece

PUBLISHED: 10:27 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:34 15 April 2016

Marisa Arna at her bench

Marisa Arna at her bench


From a sparkling new diamond ring, to a uniquely crafted bracelet or pair of earrings, there are things to consider when choosing an item of handmade jewellery. Independent Essex designer-goldsmith Marisa Arna shares her expert advice

The perfect piece of jewellery can be an exquisite final touch to an outfit, a keepsake that will last a lifetime, or a unique gift for someone special.

So when it comes to choosing a design, there are a few things you’ll need to think about. Goldsmith and jewellery designer, Marisa Arna, who has been creating jewellery in her Thorpe-Le-Soken studio, near Frinton on Sea since 2007, tells us about her principles and her craft - sure to inspire any would-be jewellery buyer.

Long lasting craftsmanship

“Jewellery with long lasting craftsmanship and an interesting design is what you’ll receive from an independent designer goldsmith like me,” says Marisa.

Marisa’s jewellery studio and gallery showcases her own designs and a selection of work by other small British based jewellery designer-makers, encapsulating traditional goldsmithing with contemporary design. Her background as an accomplished ceramist making fine thrown porcelain links into her business philosophy of expert craftsmanship, and it was this gallery on Thorpe-le-Soken High Street that was also home to her ceramic work.

White gold ring with a brilliant cut diamond and a blue sapphireWhite gold ring with a brilliant cut diamond and a blue sapphire

Quality materials

“I work with gold and silver and can source particular stones, including diamonds, for customers,” Marisa says. All-important attention to detail and high quality materials are implemented in her studio to create collections which are available to buy off the shelf or designed to suit a customer.

“Husbands and partners often visit the gallery to buy handmade jewellery off the shelf if they’re buying a surprise gift, and I can also make a bespoke piece to suit the person’s lifestyle and taste. I would create it with particular consideration to the person it is being made for and it would fit perfectly, especially in the case of engagement and wedding rings,” says Marisa.

“Designs can be minimal or elaborate and vary according to the customer. They make an appointment, come to the gallery and we discuss designs over a cup of coffee,” she adds.

Double Klary Twist silver bangleDouble Klary Twist silver bangle

Bespoke and remodelling services

If a precious piece of jewellery has been in the family for years and needs a new lease of life, Marisa can shape it into something new to suit your own taste. If a bespoke design is required, a piece can also be created from completely new materials, commemorating a particular event or just a special treat.

“It can be a grandmother’s engagement ring, or any broken piece of gold jewellery. I can melt, roll and shape the gold into something new using traditional goldsmithing techniques including stonesetting, combined with modern technology,” Marisa explains.

“Following trends in recycling in all fields, people like the idea of having jewellery remodelled. Inspired by my designs, their new pieces will have a more unique, timeless look,” she adds.

Square and round white, yellow and rose gold rings with blue spinel and diamondsSquare and round white, yellow and rose gold rings with blue spinel and diamonds

Excellent aftercare

Designer-goldsmith Marisa will interpret your jewellery ideas so that the finished piece will be one of her creations but with your contribution and final say. However, it’s the essential aftercare which goes hand in hand with the excellent customer service on offer from a local artist like Marisa that makes all the difference.

“I love to create very personal things and enjoy meeting new people,” says Marisa. “Jewellery aftercare is a vital part of my service to my customers, which gives them peace of mind.”

Visit the Marisa Arna Gallery and Studio on the High Street, Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex, CO16 0EA, or call 01255 862355 to book an appointment.

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