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My Story

Claire Troughton portrait with her dogCommissioning a bespoke piece of jewellery or even purchasing online can sometimes be a daunting process, so I'd like to take the mystery out of it and tell you a little bit more about what makes my designs perfect for you. I'm Claire and if you come to visit the studio you'll probably also be greeted by our friendly Head of Security, Clementine the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Pink tourmaline statement ring set in gold on silver band

Our studio

is a relaxed space where you are welcome to come and discuss everything that you are looking for in a piece of jewellery as well as the weather, dogs, current affairs and everything in between! I like to get a true feel for your story, to really understand what will be the perfect design for you or your loved one. It's a real workshop, not a glitzy boutique, so you will see all the tools it takes to make your special piece. Visit the Your Story page to see what we might discuss at your consultation or Contact me with any queries.

Designed for you, made by me

I have been passionate about creating jewellery ever since I first entered the workshops at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art way back in 1992. I've never forgotten the feeling of being immediately at home and 30 years later there are still very few places that bring me the sense of calm that I feel when working at the bench. Unlike some other designers who may draw their designs and pass them on to someone else to make, most of my jewellery is still made by me, using both old and new techniques and the skills of a select few craftsmen when required.

 

Jewellery sketches by Claire Troughton
Claire Troughton making a silver bee pendant

25 years of jewellery design

Although I have a degree in jewellery design it is the past 25 years since graduating that has really taught me my craft. I spent 10 years in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter establishing my brand as well as learning traditional jewellery skills and building a network of the finest gem and bullion dealers . In 2005 I moved to Cheshire to be closer to family and am now based in a converted building next to my home in Chester. This gives me the flexibilty to offer appointments to fit in with your busy lifestyle. The studio isn't open for drop ins, so please do book in advance. I now specialise in unique engagement rings and wedding rings as well as one-off pieces of jewellery and have won several awards from industry experts. Silver, platinum and all carats of gold can be used for your design alongside diamonds and precious gemstones.

Gold twig engagement rings with green sapphire, white diamond and salt & pepper diamonds

Shop Online

Lots of my nature inspired jewellery is in the online shop for you to browse from the comfort of your home and I'm adding more all the time. If there's something you've seen on social media that you can't find in the shop please do enquire. Should you prefer to see the jewellery in person and you're not local please check the stockist page for shops that regularly display and sell my work.