Victoria Jane – Designer, Goldsmith, Jeweller, Artist
“I have always loved jewellery. Such a personal thing that we wear so publicly. It can reveal much about the wearer and still keep secrets too. It speaks volumes about our relationships, our tastes, our experiences and our history, but also encompasses love, passion and intention.”
Jewellery fascinates me and has done from a very young age – looking at how it was put together, its component parts and listening to the stories behind each piece. Discovering why and where it was bought and by who. Jewellery marks our marital status, our children, our achievements and the memory of loved ones. It shows love, compassion and the passage of time. It can also make you feel like a million dollars!
I’m always excited to embark on a new piece. Whether it’s a new design for my collections or a private commission for a customer, the thrill is always there – to create something that will be loved, treasured and enjoyed.
Training and Work
As a girl, I loved making, designing and repairing things, from paintings to cars. Metal work was a special interest. In 1989, after finishing art college, I embarked on a Jewellery Apprenticeship. It was a traditional and exciting start to a rewarding, lifelong passion and career and a natural progression for me.
I was fortunate to train as an apprentice under some very talented jewellers, right here in my home county of Norfolk. I had the chance to learn all fields of jewellery work from designing, model making and casting, to all aspects of repairs and stone setting too. To be able to make a piece from start to finish is very satisfying. It also enables the customer to follow the progress of their piece – seeing it at all stages of development.
After completing my apprenticeship, I worked with David Auker for two years in Kings Lynn, before opening my own, very successful workshop in Norwich. I undertook private commissions and worked for 10 different jewellery shops across the county.
I took a break from being a jeweller, full time, a little while ago to pursue other commitments, but continued to make pieces for regular customers, family and friends. The desire to design and create jewellery has never diminished. and the collections available in the web shop are the result of years of ideas and designs.
My inspiration comes from shapes and textures I see around me every day. Norfolk is a beautiful county to live in. A wonderful coastline and the fabulous, undulating countryside makes a perfect, energised environment for an artist. I also take influence from the Art Nouveau Style, with it’s sweeping curves, shaped by nature. I’m always looking for new ideas and carry a small sketch book and pencil with me where ever I go.
You can buy my hand crafted pieces in my webshop or you can contact me to discuss your own personal design
I hope you love wearing them as much as I enjoy making them