Spirales d'argent (French for Silver spirals).
All of my jewellery on this website has been handmade by myself, I manipulate the silver wire into spirals and different shapes by hand, using just a few pliers, either out of nickel and lead free silver plated wire, 925 Sterling silver wire, 99.99% Fine silver wire or copper wire. Each shape is then hammered to keep its shape. My designs are very Celtic and give an unusual and modern look to silver jewellery.
I also use specially selected semi precious gemstones, selected for their unique qualities. Most orders are made from scratch, however I do have some items in stock ready to go. I try to get orders out as soon as possible, aiming for 48-72 hours. Should there be a delay, I will let you know. Dispatch notes will be sent when items are in the post.
I first started making jewellery in 2009. I was a wedding florist, but I decided to diversify my business and add tiaras and hair facinators, as I was always very good at wire work. This led onto me making simple earrings and bead strung necklaces, I was quickly hooked and started attending small craft fairs.
However I found there was already a lot of people doing the same things and I didn't want to be like everyone else!
So it took me a little while to scour the library, book shops and internet, until I found a relatively new way of making jewellery, after buying a book on the basic techniques of wire jewellery. I worked my way through the whole book whilst on holiday in France!
I started off making the jewellery in copper wire, as this was more affordable to practise with. I wore my first completed creation of Greek copper squares and cats eye gems to my best friends wedding and after being complimented on its uniqueness, I decided I had found my style.
Several years later, I feel I have perfected my technique in making spirals, so much so that when I am now trading at events and I tell people I make the spirals by hand, people are astounded, believing that I buy them in after they have been made by a machine and these compliments also come from other jewellers!
I am most known for my version of a similar necklace Dr Alice Roberts wore a few times on Digging for Britain on the BBC, I have completed a number of orders for this necklace now and I often get an email from my customers, saying how pleased they are with it and how they had been looking for something similar for some time. I now make 5 different versions of this necklace. So thank you Alice!
I hope you enjoy browsing my site and hopefully I have convinced you to treat yourself or a loved one.
A creative husband and wife team, who decided to use their talents to create a business which is unique and inspiring.
After moving to a community farm in the depths of North Cornwall, they found themselves needing a way to earn some money, so using the talents they had learnt from previous employments, they set about turning their skills and hobbies into a thriving business. Tammy is the jeweller.
And Mark is an artist. After leaving school and completing an art degree, he always just painted for "fun". But now he creates paintings with a very unusual intricate designs. In particular concentrating on his one main love as his subject, trees. On a tree commonly known as "The Tree of Life" of which many variations have been completed.
In January 2013 they moved to a new location in the heart of the Blackdown hills on the border of Devon and Somerset. Mark and Tammy can often be found at various events with a stand that shares their work.
In August 2018 Mark set up his own website and this website, previously called T&M Arts and Crafts is now dedicated to Spirales d'argent.
2022 brings new challenges, as we both work to renew our websites to a higher performing software, which allows us to do all our marketing in one place, with email integration and sales funnels just a couple of things that we aim to take our businesses forward with.
We also have big plans to completely change our lifestyle. Having endured Covid 19 for the past two years it has made us realise that we are not really living life to the full.
So in the near future we will be purchasing "Baby", which will be our first converted van, this will enable us to do more events as well as weekend events and have somewhere comfy to sleep. And also something we can go away in for some much needed time away.
Then in 2023 we will be planning to upgrade "Baby" to "Big Daddy" which will be a larger converted van, so that we can travel further afield to events and work our way up to Scotland and across to our house in France, this will be the year we say "Goodbye" to conventional living!