Makers Spotlight: Maxwell Harrison JewelleryPosted by: Claudia Downs
Photo by Heather Isobel Photography
Maxwell Harrison Jewellery create handcrafted jewellery from sterling silver, right here in Sheffield.
Their chic and affordable pieces are the perfect treat for you or a loved one. Owner Jayne tells us they will be trading online until post offices close, and are happy to send gifts directly to recipients with handwritten cards / messages. They're even offering a 15% off discount for VIBE readers!
"My business has been going for about 3.5 years now and basically started as a hobby that spiralled out of control!" says Jayne. "I was taking evening classes in silversmithing and jewellery at Hillsborough College, and as soon as I realised that I could make the kind of jewellery that I wanted to wear but couldn't find in the shops, I was hooked. I kept going back term after term and eventually, my tutor encouraged me to sell a few pieces when they started piling up.... she once said "You're not Mr. T - you can't wear it all!"
I started off with an Etsy shop and launched my own website at the end of last year. As well as selling online and via and craft fairs/markets, I deliver workshops at Sew In The City on Abbeydale Road and I tend to do a lot of commission work. I love making bespoke pieces - it really tests my skills and challenges my thinking in design. Not to mention the thrill of having people approach me to make special and sentimental pieces because they've seen and love my work!
Photo by Andrew Heeley Photography
I would say that my style is quite simple, almost minimalist. I create jewellery pieces with the intention of them becoming staples for everyday wear - I don't want my work to sit languishing in jewellery boxes because it's too big or bolshy for the office! My hammered hoop earrings were one of the first designs I came up with and they're still my bestseller now, almost four years on. They're entirely handmade, forged out from a single length of silver and the entire earring is one piece, including the catch. They're super light and comfortable to wear and really versatile, too. They go with pretty much every outfit, day or night, and are available in three sizes.
These are tough and strange times for everyone at the moment, but we need to keep our local economy going and support our independents wherever possible. Markets, fairs and workshops are a big chunk of income for indie makers and they're being cancelled left, right and centre. It's also difficult for people to get out and shop at the moment when social distancing is the key.
To that end, I'm offering a 15% discount for VIBE readers on all orders - just enter the coupon code VIBESHEFF at the checkout on maxwellharrisonjewellery.co.uk. I'll still be posting orders as long as Royal Mail is still going and I'm happy to post gifts out directly to the recipients with a handwritten gift message. If you can't get out for a Mother's Day, birthday or get well gift, we can help! I'm adding new pieces regularly and I'll also be adding gift vouchers to the site very soon."