“I am a jewellery maker living and working in the Scottish Borders. My passion for genuine gemstones led me into the world of jewellery making.
I believe that when you wear genuine gemstone jewellery you not only feel beautiful but you also feel a real connection with nature.
Every single gemstone is a treasure given to us by Mother Nature. Each piece as rare and individual as the wearer.”
Mary McCall, Designer and Maker at ArtisDen
Currently in the Gallery, we have pieces featuring:
Agate is one of the first gemstones to be used by humanity in jewellery. It is said to enhance creativity and strengthen the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists, and to help boost self confidence and dispel fears.
Amethyst has throughout history been one of the most mystical of all gemstones. A symbol of peace of mind it is said to purify the mind, body and spirit, leading to tranquillity. It is often used by crystal healers to convert negative energy into positive.
Lapis Lazuli comes from the Latin for stone (Lapis) and Arabic ‘Azuca’ meaning blue. It has been considered a holy stone, a friendship stone and a stone of truth, encouraging the wearer to speak their mind and create harmonious relationships.
Moonstone is angelic in appearance: the flashes of blue are reminiscent of moonbeams trapped inside the stone. It is said to balance yin and yang and bring good fortune. Legend says that it is a highly prized gift for lovers as it arouses tender passion.
Snowflake Obsidian is found in volcanic sources and is known as the stone of purity. The blackness of the stone enhances the ability to reach your inner self to balance mind, body and spirit, thus opening new doors.
All of Mary’s stones are set in sterling sliver – and she even has her own hallmark!
“My name is Amandine and I am a hand crafted jewellery maker.
I’m French and I settled down in Edinburgh with my family in 2015 out of a desire to change lifestyle and start afresh. Having taught English in France for a decade, I moved to Scotland with the project to change career and to turn my longlasting appetite for arts and crafts into a full-time job. Things went slowly as I put family and babies first for a while but here I am now, making my own jewellery and enjoying it intensely! What I create emerges from my personal fondness for what is unusual, creative, colourful and elegant.
Based in my home studio, I make jewellery and accessories out of polymer clay combining my love of colours with an inclination for gentle curved shapes. I have always been very much attracted to the topics of volumes, proportions and balance and I like to think ‘Beauty’ does not rhyme with ‘symmetry’, especially when it comes to the human body. Therefore, I have wished to create my very own jewellery range in order to express my vision of femininity and to allow women to enhance their natural charm with unique stylish pieces. I discovered polymer clay only three years ago and I am entirely self-taught in that medium. I love working polymer clay, firstly because it is soft and malleable but also for the endless possibilities it allows, making it the perfect ally to my creativity. I worked polymer clay only for some time before I started adding acrylic painted designs on the clay, and given how enjoyable it has been, several other mixed media projects have emerged, only a matter of time before they become real! I have also had this fundamental requirement from the very beginning to make quality jewellery, so, not only do I pay particular attention to the finishing phases of my polymer clay work, but I have also chosen to work with quality materials to help set the pieces, such as sterling silver and gold filled ear fittings, leather cords or stainless steel magnetic clasps.
As for my supplies, sourcing them locally is an everyday struggle and if I have managed to favour Scotland up to now, I try my best to work with British suppliers or to keep a sensible approach when that is obviously not possible.”
Amandine is happy to accept commissions should you wish particular colour combinations – please contact her through her website to discuss.