Simon Chilvers’ Jewellery Blog 

Simon Chilvers’ Jewellery Blog 

Posted by Simon Chilvers on March 14, 2016

My life as a jeweller has just become more exciting. For years now I have yearned for a Rolling Mill. But my other creative endeavours – painting, drawing, SiPadding etc, also demand concentrated effort so I have to make the most of my limited time. As my jewellery output is not regular I couldn’t justify the expense of a Rolling Mill and had almost resigned myself to never owning one.

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SiPaddings Part 2

SiPaddings Part 2

Posted by Simon Chilvers on March 13, 2016

The journey of my SiPaddings has been an exciting one. Finding the apps. was easy, there are so many of them. Of course, straight away I fell into the trap of downloading almost all I could find that interested me. I now have a computer full of them; for drawing and painting with chalk, with pencil, with pen and ink, oil paint, watercolour, you name it.

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How I became interested in making jewellery

How I became interested in making jewellery

Posted by Simon Chilvers on March 1, 2016

I was asked the other day how I came to be so interested in making jewellery. In 1970 I was helping my father in his Mont Albert licensed grocery shop. Across the road I saw a sign on a private house advertising ’Jewellery Lessons’ and in my usually dilettante way I thought ‘that’d be fun,’ enrolled for a couple of weeks and was shown the rudiments of soldering silver jewellery. I was hooked!

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Rings are my main focus of interest in jewellery making

Rings are my main focus of interest in jewellery making

Posted by Simon Chilvers on February 25, 2016

Rings are my main focus of interest in jewellery making. The first one that I made was a representation of a Moth set with a black star sapphire. In order to display the ‘star’ in such a sapphire is to shape it as a cabochon. I believe that this is the Middle French word for ‘bald head’ and it describes very accurately the appearance of such a ‘cut’ of any kind of stone used in jewellery, smooth not faceted. Lit from above the ‘star’ is usually seen as having six points radiating from the centre.

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