Hannah Peters
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07984 179 029
Hannah specialises in wedding, partnership and celebration rings. We offer an alternative for those who prefer their jewellery truly made my hand. All our rings are made completely from scratch, by Hannah, in our workshop. We individually make each ring by hammering and forging a flat piece of precious metal.

Whilst we don't have anything against modern technology, we prefer to make our rings the old-fashioned way. The tools we use have remained unchanged for centuries, and some of our workshop equipment in everyday use is over 100 years old. If requested, we can even make a whole ring without the use of any electricty whatsoever.

Our customer service is exemplary, and because we are a micro-company we are completely flexible. We can keep you updated throughout the making process, and we don't forget the little extras; we can even send you a photo or two before we finish it so you know we've shaped it just as you wanted it, or so that you can check we've got that special texture just right!

We are also expert at creating bespoke wedding rings to perfectly nest against unusually-shaped engagement rings.

Based near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, studio visits welcome by appointment.

Exhibitions

Durham Cathedral "Open Treasure" Commission (Durham); coming in late 2015

BALTIC Christmas Shop (Gateshead); November 2014 - Present
An exclusive, bespoke collection commissioned by BALTIC taking the Tyne kittiwakes as inspiration. A range of earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces made in the form of tiny individually hand-built solid sterling silver ‘twig’ nests, set with cultured pearls.

Biscuit Factory Shop (Newcastle); June 2014 - Present
Hannah’s Tiny Hearts collection, handmade from solid sterling silver and set with cultured pearls, plus a new design with faceted garnets.

JewelleryHannah Shop on Etsy; May 2014 - Present
Hannah’s increasingly popular Etsy shop was opened as an online outlet for her handmade one-off and curated pre-loved jewellery, with the intention of expanding to encompass a more international customer-base. With over 22,000 hits since her shop launched and a loyal American following, this area has potential for significant growth.

Gibside Local Produce Market (National Trust, near Newcastle); December 2013 - March 2014, November 2014 - Present
An informal, friendly outdoor market aimed primarily at the Christmas trade. Hannah sells a small range of one-off sterling silver pieces, repurposed antique jewellery and limited edition fine jewellery. She also showcases handmade one-off gemstone set rings and example wedding rings.

Private Commissions; 2005 - Present
Since launching as a full-time concern in 2013, Hannah has successfully completed over fifty private commissions for bespoke, handmade fine jewellery (over thirty rings and over twenty other pieces including necklaces, bracelets and earrings). Metals include 18ct yellow, white and rose gold, 9ct yellow, white and rose gold, bronze, brass and sterling silver. Gemstones include diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, opals, pearls and garnets.

Zillah Bell Gallery (Thirsk); September 2005 - Present
A small range of one-off pieces in sterling silver set with precious and semi-precious stones, displayed alongside work by Norman Ackroyd, CBE, RA.

Chirpy (Leeds); March 2014 - October 2014
Hannah’s Tiny Hearts collection in solid sterling silver and set with cultured pearls.
Made For Each Other at The Harley Gallery (Nottinghamshire); July 2011 - August 2011
A summer wedding showcase, featuring Hannah’s sterling silver and cultured pearl Ivy, Bramble and Orchid jewellery.

Ten Tip-Top Tiaras at Kath Libbert Jewellery (Salts Mill, near Leeds); February 2010 - May 2010
Hannah was one of ten jewellers invited to create a special tiara, exhibited at Kath Libbert’s 9th Annual Alternative Wedding Show.

Black Swan Arts (Frome); October 2008 - January 2009
A selection of simple handmade silver jewellery.

Biography

Hannah has always been obsessed with jewellery in one way or another. When people used to ask her what she wanted to do when she grew up, the answer was "something with crystals or test tubes".

From the age of five she had a particular weakness for large, transparent (and very gaudy) plastic jewellery, and used to collect glass drops from broken chandeliers. Her favourite toy was the jewellery box in the dressing-up basket: nothing much has changed!

After growing up in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and gaining an academic First Class BA (Hons) at the University of Leeds, Hannah lived for several years in south west England and Wales, before moving to Bordeaux, France, for a year. She has now returned to her beloved north east and lives happily with her husband John, and Echo the white cat, on top of a hill in rural County Durham not far from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Although mostly self-taught, Hannah has studied jewellery and silversmithing techniques at Leeds College of Art, West Dean College in West Sussex and the Mid-Cornwall School of Jewellery. Working in the Fine Jewellery Department at Bonhams Auctioneers in Leeds whilst she was a student gave her an eye for something with a sparkle, and then working with a leading contemporary jeweller in Bristol to enabled her to refine her skills at the jewellers' bench.

More Images

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Private Commission, July 2014
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Private Commission, May 2014
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Private Commission, August 2013