Handmade Jewellery UK – crafted from semi precious gemstones and Swarovski® crystals.
Hi, I’m Janet Waters – creator and owner of Crystal Combinations
I love to design and make handmade jewellery. I remain as passionate about it today as when I first started over ten years ago. I absolutely love it and hope you will love my designs too. My customers have come to recognise my own particular style and appreciate the individual care that I extend to everything and everyone that I am involved with.
Much of my inspiration comes from my beautiful home county of Suffolk where I have lived all of my live with my husband Simon. It was the encouragement from family and friends that first convinced me to turn my passion into a proper business back in 2010. Crystal Combinations continues to prosper and develop with just as much enthusiasm and commitment.
Quality Materials Always.
I take the utmost care in sourcing the most beautiful and affordable materials of the highest quality. Much of my inspiration comes from Nature so I centre many of my designs on naturally occurring gemstones and shells. However I also value the excellence and sparkle afforded by the world renown Swarovski® Crystal Elements.
Handmade Gemstone Jewellery
I have a deep and lasting passion for handmade gemstone jewellery and this is a clear and bold theme running through many of my designs. These semi precious gemstones are wonderfully tactile and radiate real beauty. and occur naturally across the Globe. Their beauty and special properties make them ideal materials for high quality jewellery. Amber, amethyst and jade have always been very popular but others such as obsidian and lapis lazuli can be equally stunning. It comes as no surprise to know that many of these materials have played a critical role in the development of numerous ancient civilisations. Items made from turquoise have been discovered , still intact, in Egyptian burial chambers that are more than five thousand years old. The world famous Tutankhamen mask also has decoration made out of turquoise. In addition to their obvious uses of adornment these crystals and gemstones were believed to posses powerful emotional, spiritual and healing properties. This belief was so strong that it still endures to this day. I have summarised each gemstone meaning at the beginning of each of my collections.
Continuing my love for natural materials it wasn’t long before I was attracted to making shell earrings, shell bracelets and shell necklaces. This material has also been used for hundreds of thousands of years and,like gemstones, has embraced a culture that often attaches a deep and spiritual meaning to this material. The beauty of Mother of Pearl and Abalone has always been admired across the world.
Much of my individual style has evolved from my love to combine and embellish natural materials with Swarovski® crystal elements. They add a contemporary feel and real sparkle to my designs. In contrast to the majority of the gemstones that I use these items are man-made and have been manufactured at the company’s traditional production plant in Austria since 1895. Swarovski has been the premium brand for the most beautiful crystals on the planet since that time. The quality control over the manufacturing process is second to none and consequently customers can be assured that each item is of unmatched brilliance and innovation.
With more than a hundred years experience of high quality craftsmanship and mastery in cutting Swarovski continues to produce a fantastic range of breathtaking crystals. The crystal style and cut i modern and the colour range he. This allows me to provide a consistent and perfect colour marriage between the gemstones and the crystals.
Customers will notice that I always insist on using sterling findings on all of my handmade earrings. Lower quality jewellery invariably is made using silver-plated findings. I firmly believe that the extra expense of sterling silver is money very well spent. Sterling silver consists of 92.5% pure silver with the remaining 7.5% made of alloys such as steel or copper. The addition of these alloys makes the silver much harder and as a direct result is far more durable than fine silver. Silver-plated findings consist of a core of copper, brass or steel to which a very thin layer of silver is added through a process of electro-plating. The problem with this technique is that the outer layer, being composed of silver, is very soft and far less resistant to wear and tear. It is all to easy to wear through this layer and it will sooner or later rub off. Silver-plated jewellery is used purely to save manufacturing costs as the actual percentage of silver is much reduced compared to the 90% plus found in sterling silver. Customers can easily recognise sterling silver as manufacturers will stamp everything with a ‘925’ mark. If this is absent it undoubtedly means that the item is not sterling silver.
Gemstone Meaning and Healing Powers.
Probably because of their natural abundance and inherent universal beauty the materials that I use have been highly prized by numerous civilisations since time began. Each culture has attached unique spiritual and emotional benefits to each individual stone. There is gemstone or crystal for every conceivable occasion. I have long been fascinated by this history and have summarised these benefits wherever appropriate. Many of my customers find this information of great interest and I believe that it adds real meaning to my jewellery. Something well worth considering when searching for a gift.
Select by Colour
Whilst I personally really appreciate the history and characteristics of each individual gemstone I make my jewellery simply because I love the way it looks. In particular my customers most often choose their jewellery with a definite colour in mind. I have therefore recently began to tag each item in my collection with a colour. It is now very easy to select every item, be it a bracelet, necklace or set of earrings, using this criteria.
Guaranteed to Fit.
I make every effort to ensure that customers jewellery will fit perfectly first time. To help I usually state the actual size within the description of each item. Some necklaces such as the crystal heart and butterfly necklaces have a choice of 18 or 20-inch lengths that can be selected when ordering from the drop down list. Many handmade necklaces and some bracelets also include a short extension chain. This allows customers to easily vary the length according to individual preference. Of course customers that are aware of the actual size that they would like to order I am more than happy to ‘make to order’ with no additional cost. Not something generally available on the High Street but something that many customers really appreciate. In the unlikely event that any item does not fit I will gladly replace it with the correct size once the original has been returned. I always endeavour to ensure customers jewellery is easy to wear. I use toggle clasps or slightly larger than usual sterling silver bolt and ring clasps. I want every customer to be delighted with their jewellery and continue to enjoy it for many years.
Customers will notice that most items on my website now have a stock level listed. I introduced this recently to give customers the added insurance that I will deliver their jewellery without delay. Although I make every item myself I like to make more than one item at a time as I am frequently asked to remake popular designs. Unfortunately this is not always possible if supplies are no longer available. Greater control of my stock allows me to concentrate on making the jewellery that my customers love the most.
Sometimes it is really difficult to pick a gift for someone. Handmade jewellery gifts however are often unique and perfect for showing someione just how much you love and appreciate them. Everyone has a birthstone and this can often help narrow down the choices. Special anniversaries are often recognised with specific stones. Gold for fity year and silver for twenty five are well known but did you know that turquoise is often given to celebrate the second year of marriage.
Wedding Jewellery, bespoke jewellery and ‘Minor Tweaks’
For that extra speciall occasion I am able to produce a bespoke design to customers exact requirements. These unique handmade gifts are really popular for weddings and anniversaries. In addition they are much appreciated as retirement gifts. Send me an email if you are interested. For ‘minor tweaks’ and adjustments customers can simply add their requests in the ‘Additional Information’ box on the bottom left of the order.
Payment and Delivery
My preferred method of payment is through PayPal. Customers can pay with any credit card and do not need to set up a PayPal account. (Although many of my customers are already familiar with the advantages that this offers.) An alternative method that an increasing number of customers prefer is via BACS. This is immediate and direct and very easy to use. See checkout for more details. For the more traditional customer I will still accept a cheque. This will however delay things a few days as I will need to wait for bank clearance before sending any item off. This is usually completed in 5 days.
I normally aim to deliver every item within 24 hours. However there may be rare occasions when this is not always possible for example when on annual vacation. I will inform customers when this occurs by posting notice on my Home Page.
***** Wendy Mann, Ipswich
“Purchased many products from Crystal Combinations and i must say I’m very pleased with my jewellery. Have a great selection and of very high quality. Purchased many as gifts and for personal use. Bought recently my wedding earrings for my special day which I am really looking forward to wearing. I would highly recommend Crystal Combinations and will be making future purchases.’