About

handmade jewellery for you created with
 some of nature’s finest gemstone treasures

Welcome to Creations by Hands, where you will find a range of jewellery that I hope will suit your mood of the moment, from classic to casual,  delicate to bold, luxury to everyday wear.  Maybe you are looking for the ideal gift for a loved one or friend; a piece of jewellery to give you years of pleasure to pass down the generations? Do you have an idea of your own but can’t see it in the shop – please do contact me and together we can design just the piece for you.

I only use responsibly sourced gemstones purchased from reputable dealers so you will always know that you what you are buying is made with genuine precious and semi precious stones and metals.

My designs are either one off pieces in the case of necklaces and bracelets or some limited ranges of earrings. You won’t meet up with a friend only to find you are wearing the same piece of jewellery; but I’d be more than happy if that friend said “that looks like a Creations by Hands design”.

So where do I make all my jewellery and what got me started?  Currently it is created by me in my little workshop on the edge of the Cotswolds but I hope to tweak my about page in a couple of years to say it is created in my shack by the sea.  Some people were delivered by storks but according to my father I was washed up with the tide on the back of a turtle so I guess that is why always hanker to be near the sea and I have been to lucky to live in Mauritius, Malta, Cyprus and of course my favourite place – Cornwall and I am sure that all that living under clear blue skies brings out the creativity in everyone for I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t into some handicraft.  I started out painting stones as a child, had periods when I was obsessed with making my own clothes and knitting, tie-dyeing fabrics when it was the height of fashion, calligraphy, painting and sketching, patchwork and decoupage.

When I went to live in Cyprus I started to make jewellery, spurred on by the availability of some amazing gemstones and the affordability of silver and whilst I still keep up with my other crafts my passion now is making jewellery, learning and applying new techniques and understanding the qualities and properties of the stones I work with.  What started out as a hobby transcended into thoughts of a small business the day I made my first sale at a craft fair in Cyprus and realised that people actually wanted to buy my jewellery and now I am on that path of being a growing small business.

Away from the world of crafts and design much of my time is spent strolling through the countryside with my dog, Bobby, who I rescued whilst I was living in Cyprus and pandering to the whims of my four beautiful Birman cats.

Enjoy your shopping experience

Shirley Hands

 

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Single ruby image on home page courtesy of Pixtawan at FreeDigitalphotos.net 
Trio of rubies on header  courtesy of Boykung at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

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