JEMMA PROVES A REAL GEM

19 October 2015

A silversmith from Birmingham’s world-famous Jewellery Quarter has left the hustle and bustle of the city to join a firm of handcrafted jewellery makers at picturesque Hatton Shopping Village, near Warwick.

Jemma Daniels, a former ‘artist in residence’ in the Jewellery Quarter, spent several years teaching BA students the finer arts of working with precious metals and gems, before joining the family-owned business of John Garland-Taylor – one of the first businesses to open at Hatton 33 years ago when the village was a craft centre.

Jemma, a 30-year-old graduate of the University of Creative Arts in Rochester, Kent, learned her skills at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, where she still lives.

She said: “I love restoring beautiful pieces of jewellery to their former glory and talking to customers about the pieces that they want created then exceeding their expectations when I show them the designs.”

“I also enjoy the variety of the job which involves everything from stone setting or re-mounting diamonds, to designing large rose bowls or tiny caddy spoons.”

John Garland-Taylor, which has experienced an increase in demand for intricate commissions and repair work since moving into larger premises within the iconic shopping village less than a year ago, is still looking to further expand its team.

David Garland-Taylor, who joined his father in the business in 2007, said that Jemma was not likely to be the last recruit. “We are so busy at the moment that we will need someone else soon who can help make the jewellery, but also provide some admin and exhibition support when we take our products to national events, such as the Spring Fayre at the NEC.”

Like John Garland-Taylor, some of Hatton’s original tradesmen still remain, producing bespoke gifts including jewellery, stained-glass and natural skincare products.