What’s with the name?

Many people ask me, “why this name?”  Also, “how do you say it?  Is it suna…, sun ago, soon aygo?”  So, here is my explanation! My name is Fiona Jones.  At my GP surgery at 1 point there were 4 Fiona Jones, so I always give my middle name as well, to prevent confusion.  For

How Jewellery Chose Me

Now you know who I am, here is why I express myself through jewellery.  That’s the why there is this business for you to come to, to create the jewellery you really want to have.  This tells you the story through my childhood into adulthood and health collapse and out the other side. From a child

Image Who am I?

Have you ever tried to sum yourself up in a few words? To cover the whole expanse of your foundation, what drives you and the desires you have for a future in just a few sentences? If you have ever been part of a business network meeting, where you are invited to give a 60, or 30, second summary, you will understand my conundrum; because we are complex human beings.
So here is an expansion to give you an insight into the mind behind these creations and this business. I am what is called, “a Northerner”, being born and growing up in Wirral. The joy of this is having some good views around and a joy of the beach and the tide doing in (and often out as I recall!). I have always enjoyed being creative and this was picked up by people buying “make your own” types gifts, even as a child. In secondary school my GCSEs included music and pottery. To use my creativity in a productive way, which benefits other people, I studied for a degree in Occupational Therapy. This means I have a science degree, where the course work included woodwork and pottery, as well as art therapy and the expected skills of anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology.
As to how I moved from a career in Occupational Therapy to my own business creating gemstone based jewellery and gifts? Well, that is for a follow up! What I can say is that creativity is what bridged that gap and why I am here now. Along the way has also been my love of cats (my old man, Peter, was the original silent partner in the business, as he cat scanned each item, thanks to his curiosity) and my faith, which has always been an integral part of my life.
I have developed an enjoyment of gardening and have a small allotment near my home, where I enjoy growing food (bought my seed potatoes last weekend!) and also indulge my love of new worlds and lives through reading books (my library does books, audio books and ebooks, what does yours do?).
My enjoyment of creating and meeting the needs of others are still very much part of who I am. My inability to fit into what people describe as “normal” means that when I am asked if I would mind making a circlet for a lady, or to develop a piece of jewellery with high sentimental value to fit a person’s personality, it feeds my soul, as I feed theirs. So if you want something different, from someone who has been nominated as an inspiring business and from a runner up creative business, then you have found the right place!

Welcome 2018

Hello and welcome to another year. It is incredible to think back to the start of this millennium and all the things we feared. Nearly 2 decades in and many things are better than we thought. Now we prepare for a new year and tidy up things lurking from this year. How was your year?

Amethyst, not just a gemstone of love

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the most well known stones around, so here are some interesting facts about this beautiful stone.  It is actually as purple quartz and so very closley related to garnet, the birthstone of last month.  This means it is also relatively tough, at 7-7.5 on the MOHS,

Garnet – January’s birthstone

The birthstone of January and a red quartz.  This stone was named in middle English from the word, “gernet”, which was the fruit of the pomegranate.  This gives a great hint to its known nature, that is, the depth of the redness of the stone.  It is known as blood red, claret and deep red,