Today we chat to Jessica from 'Roses & Whiskey' all about her stunning handmade crystal jewellery! Jessica is a self taught jeweller, where she learnt techniques through free online resources such as Kernowcraft's jewellery making tutorials and by watching YouTube videos. Jessica works full time on her designs from her home studio, focusing mainly on healing crystal jewellery. We hear all about how Jessica uses crystals in both her personal life and within her designs, as well as finding out more about her design processes along with top tips for fellow jewellers.
It’s actually something I always imagined doing because of how much I love jewellery but never pursued anything. I was regularly carrying healing crystals around with me and wanted to find a way to wear them instead of carrying them. I bought some wire to wrap around some crystals and it went from there.
I am essentially full time but I still work one day a week from a small new age shop. This shop was where I first purchased my crystals to start making jewellery with so it feels like a lovely karmic circle to be working there now too. They sell handmade jewellery too so I feel like it constantly keeps my jewellery brain going.
Raw, colourful and healing.
My own personal battle with anxiety actually. Something I’ve suffered with as a child and as an adult I really wanted to find a way to help self soothe those anxious tendencies. I can’t remember exactly how but I think I started reading about them and their powerful healing properties and the love affair went from there. I had them in my pockets, down my bra and in my bag. They were everywhere. Now I’ve learnt so much more about them I realise I don’t need to wear every crystal that fits my need. I trust my intuition and every morning I pick my crystal for the day that’s going to help me get through it. I have made pendants out of most of my crystals so will typically wear it but for the ones I don’t, it gets popped into my bra or pocket – somewhere I can easily grab it throughout the day and hold it when the anxiety is coming. I also decorate my home and work station areas in high vibrating crystals. Anything to keep the energy around me clear and relaxed.
It’s such a simple design out of all the pieces I make but I think the raw cut crystal rings I make are my favourite. I think because when I started making jewellery – this was my dream piece to make.
I wanted a ring that would hug a vibrant raw piece of mother nature with thick chunky silver claws. I had seen delicate claws on a lot of natural stone pieces but I wanted it to be heavy and strong. It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve learnt to make and only after 18 months of making them continuously did I become super confident with the design.
I know to some people my workspace may seem very busy but for me, it is my corner of heaven. My mind is stimulated by colour, vibrancy and things that make me feel happy and like me. I have an ethereal soul so a lot of crystals and quotes in that area.
Frida Kahlo is a huge inspiration to me so I have a lot of her images about and nature. Plants are brilliant for mental health so I have them all around me. Every morning I do a desk cleanse with some Palo Santo and I always burn some essential oils to keep my area really zen.
How much of my personal time I would give up to have my own business. It wasn’t in the plans – I only started making jewellery as a personal hobby – so it was a shock to the system at first but as time went on I’ve learnt to manage my time better now so I don’t feel I’m working 24/7.
That crystals are natural. Every single piece is a different shape, a different tone of colour and has a different meaning. No two pieces I make are ever the same, not to mention these stones have helped so many people, in the same ways they have helped me.
Always rough stones for me.
My goal for this year is to learn lost wax casting. With the current climate, it will be another self-teaching process. I also want to release a lot more one-off limited pieces.
Honestly – on the go, very very late at night. I get imagery stuck in my head, and then I somehow want to make a ring that matches that imagery. I keep thinking about it until usually one night when I'm making an order I get a light bulb moment to try something. When I made my Helios ring, I couldn’t get the image of the sacred heart out of my head. I had the black onyx hearts for months before I suddenly came up with that idea.
Kernowcraft’s tutorials and YouTube. I Googled how to make what I thought were the most basic things and went from there. I originally signed up for a small evening course to learn to silversmith, but after 3 weeks our teacher stopped coming and I had learnt basically nothing so really did have to start from scratch on my own. The internet is incredible and your blog really helped me learn new techniques with confidence.
Don’t be scared, they’re tougher than they look. Make sure you pick a nice strong piece if it is a natural crystal you’re using. Go slow!!!! This is the biggest piece of advice I can give. Don’t rush the setting of it, even if it takes an hour, take your time.
Your whole stone/crystal range. Absolutely stunning quality pieces in both your raw crystals and polished/faceted stones.
These are fantastic for when you don’t have the physical time to make them from scratch yourself. They’re also brilliant for beginners to use.
Such beautiful quality and a huge amount of choice. Finishes off any handmade pendant perfectly.