Projects

How it began

My love for jewellery began when I was a little girl sitting on my grandmother’s bed admiring all her beautiful sparkling gems in an antique jewellery box, but my journey towards becoming a goldsmith has been quite an unexpected one. I’ve always considered myself a creative person and dabbled in all sorts of projects from photography, arts and crafts, video editing and producing, digital media, woodworking, metal clay and finally goldsmithing. I now intend to stay here for a while!

Goldsmith Tamlyn and her Grandmother Yvonne

After moving to the Netherlands I became interested in abstract art. I was fascinated with the small details in the canvas and wondered if there was a way I could isolate and enhance those areas so I decided to cut the parts out and encase them in a jewellery setting and cover them with glass cabochons. I started with pendants and went on to make rings and earrings in the same style. About a year later I tried taking my jewellery a step further where I could have more control over the bezel and setting designs. I turned to metal clay and found the medium to be very versatile, but the end product was a little too porous for what I was trying to achieve. However, working with the materials and fire and getting to know the different metals and how they react to air, heat, acids etc. was fantastic! I needed more! I joined a three month goldsmithing course and enjoyed it so much that I extended it for another three months. At that point I was completely hooked and there was no stopping me! That’s when I decided that I wanted to learn everything from the ground up and enrolled in a four-year branch recognised education at Vakschool Schoonhoven. I am now in my second year and continue to feel inspired every day!

My Projects

Sterling silver fantasy book with a story inside

 

Reversible solid sterling silver star pendant with moonstone and amethyst Swarovski zirconia

 

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Sterling silver heart pendant with nephrite

 

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Handmade 18kt gold pendant

 

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Handmade sterling silver pendant

 

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Sterling silver ring with turquoise stone

 

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South African flag pendants

 

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Sterling silver labradorite ring

 

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Sterling silver heart wire necklace

 

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Sterling silver ring box with garnet and zirconias

 

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Sterling silver ring with garnet

 

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Sterling silver nautical themed pendant

 

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Golden ring with rose quartz

 

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Golden ring with autumn leaves

 

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18kt Gold beaded ring

 

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Sterling silver entwined heart pendant with zirconia

 

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Golden twirl brooch

 

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Sterling silver ‘Idiot’s Delight’ chain bracelet

 

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Silver deer at sunset ring

 

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Sterling silver men’s ring

 

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Copper twirl ring

 

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Sterling silver ring with turquoise

 

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9k Gold ring with zirconia

 

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Sterling silver ring with blue zirconia

 

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Sterling silver and copper rings

 

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Sterling silver ring with turquoise

 

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Brass metal clay ring with crystal

 

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Brass metal clay entwined heart pendants

 

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Metal clay jewellery

 

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Abstract art jewellery

 

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