Maura Nicholson makes beautiful handmade jewellery

I come from an artistic background and with a father who was an artist, poet and musician I was encouraged from a very young age to be creative. My grandmother gave singing and painting lessons and my great grandfather, Lord Allen Hyde Gardner, was an accomplished watercolour artist whose circle of friends included Sir Alma Tadema and G.F. Watts, both eminent Victorian painters.

I live, surrounded by nature and the sea, on the Isle of Wight, close to Cowes. I share a house with my two young children Oliver and Enya and the cats Lily, Ziggy Stardust, Teiko and Ruby our dog.

Having studied Craft Design at Southampton Art College I specialised in Jewellery in my second year. I supported myself by selling some of my pieces at a local Art gallery and by accepting commissions.

After leaving college I began to exhibit at various craft fairs such as Alexandra Palace and The Ideal Home exhibition. It was at these fairs that I was approached by Gallery and shop owners and have sold work in Janet Fitch in London, Harrods, Fortnum and Masons and a selection of smaller shops and Galleries around the Country. Through Janet Fitch I have sold in Japan and have also exhibited in Germany and Africa. My designs have appeared in You magazine, Elle, Marie Claire, Company, New Woman and Vogue.

I took a break from designing whilst my children were small but now they are older I can return to what I love: creating beautiful individual designs around the stones and beads I use, drawing inspiration from their colour and shape.

All my pieces are original and made by hand by myself. I work in silver, gold and brass, using precious and semi-precious stones and beads. I like to incorporate other natural materials such as locally found shells and stones and glass beads. Colour is very important to me and I love to mix together more unusual colours. I get inspiration from the world around me, nature, architecture and art of every description.

I am passionate about what I do and I love to create personal commissions to suit an individual or a special occasion.

Maura Nicholson