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Can running out of money be the key to success?

Emma Hedley in her Newcastle studio

Emma Hedley in her Newcastle studio

Emma Hedley’s  story is an inspiring one to say the least. Her lifelong passion for design turned into something more when she travelled the world and ran out of funds in Queenstown, New Zealand. She sat on the street and started making jewellery from nothing more than beads and wire. The response was so amazing that it shaped the rest of her career.

Emma is a creative powerhouse and has already made huge waves within the artistic community in Newcastle, having arrived in the city earlier this year. She recently launched her new collections in a collaborative exhibition in the Praxis Gallery, Newcastle.

Her well-established jewellery business has focussed on bespoke commissions, including beautifully personalised, recycled bridal pieces. However, demand has been such for Emma’s unique designs that she is launching new collections of her original designs.

Emma’s passion for all things eco, vintage handmade and fabulous shines through in her stunning pieces of jewellery. Her artisan studio in the heart of Newcastle is the ideal base for her to work and be inspired. She shares the Pilgrim street building with many talented creatives.

She recently co-designed the Dreams to Reality jewellery collection with successful life coach and former model Tanya Bardo from ITVbe’s programme The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

Emma has the credentials to back up her creativity. She studied art foundation at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and went on to study 3D design and digital modelling at the University of Central Lancashire.

After University, she trained as a 3D CAD designer working for a fine jeweller in Manchester City centre for 2.5 years. She completed an apprenticeship with Rachel Hearne contemporary jewellery in Lancaster, developing her bench working skills. She also studied numerous short courses at the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, such as the Fine Jewellery masterclass with Richard Witek and the polishing masterclass with world renowned master polisher Stephen M Goldsmith FIPG.

There is something more to Emma and her jewellery though. Her designs and her business are all built around the desire to spread positivity and inspirational thoughts on life. Many of the pieces are handmade and all are created with attention to detail that is second to none. From personalised lyric bangles to re designing sentimental pieces, everything Emma creates is done with love. Even the gorgeous packaging for the jewellery was carefully sourced to ensure that it is environmentally friendly.

The brand new crown collection consisting of rings bangles and necklaces, focuses on empowerment and the strong quotes that accompany the collection go a long way in explaining the thought process behind them.

“This crown symbolises strength power and resilience. As you put on your crown feel empowered to take charge. You are the ruler of your world.”

Emma says “There are so many things in life that can bring us down, my pieces are designed to give you a little boost when you need it most.”

Emma’s studio is based in Ampersand inventions on the fourth floor of a converted office block in the heart of Newcastle city centre. Emma has teamed up with super talented illustrator and fashion designer Helen McClafferty from Osseus Designs, to create some visuals to accompany the new collections. The stunning imagery only adds to the magic and beauty of the jewellery.

Look out on Emma’s website: for more exciting developments and information. The new collections are available to purchase via the online shop.


Emma Hedley Jewellery Crown illustration by Helen McClafferty Osseus 300dpi Crown ring-new collection - Copy Crown necklace-new collection Crown bangle-new collection











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  1. Christine, this is so very cute!! What a great idea. We always need ways to ornazige our jewelry to keep it from tangling up!! This is amazing. Thanks for sharing on our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

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