When I visited the gallery with the mission to take some pictures of the jewellery for the blog I was overwhelmed by a fit of the entirely understandable, extremely natural but childish reaction..."I want that one, I want that one now and that one, oh and look at that..."
There are works that seem to have captured twigs and stoned in lustrous silver, like jack frost on his best and most brilliant morning. One necklace appeared to be made from delicate quails eggs interspersed with silver seed pods, a hatchery of dreams.
Then wonderful chunks of gem and crystal, huge lumps of geological gloriousness. Some cloudy collections of subtle colour others taking light and throwing it out with an ethereal glow. I can imagine never wanting to take them off, if the healing powers of precious stones are true, these creations would make you feel on top of the world.
Other works are stunning and so beautifully crafted that it is hard to believe that they are all recycled. Hours of labour I would imagine to create such light and colourful necklaces, bracelets and broaches. Wearing them would make a heart glow with green pride!
There are pieces that would enhance a neckline with a riot of colour, as if Rackham himself had got out his colouring pencils and began to think of mermaids, or doodled some rambling roses, creations in brilliantly coloured enamelled copper wire.
There are light hearted retro spotted pieces, intricate wire hearts sprinkled with deep red stones, huge yet delicate silver bangles like pleated Japanese silk, beaten silver hearts hanging from red velvet ribbons.
The collection is constantly changing so a visit to the gallery will reveal a multitude of wonderful, unique and beautiful jewellery made by inspired artists.
What a lovely Christmas present, or for a birthday or just to say "I love you" or "thank you" I can think of a million reasons...
Artists whose work you will find in the gallery are:
Holly Belsher. Abigail Brown. Becky Crawford. Philippa Dutton. Penny Gray.
Anne Hill. Stephanie Johnson. Emily Nixon. Mary Otty. Sarah Packington.
David Pascoe. Sally Pawson. Michael Peckitt. Victoria Smith. Annie Wilson.