Vanessa is a one woman jeweller, she designs and skilfully hand crafts a range of original jewellery in precious metals from her bench in the very heart of the Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Using traditional techniques she handcrafts her three dimensional pieces by forming, modelling and carving to capture the intricate details and character of her subject, adorning with precious gemstones. Being in the heart of a historic thriving jewellery community means she is a short walk away from local specialist crafts people with whom she can work with for specific parts of the making process, and being a short walk away from so many skilled people means she can minimise her impact on the environment and support her local economy too.
Vanessa believes in designing with a smile in mind; that every piece of jewellery made is made to be loved, cherished and enjoyed by those who wear them with a vision that those pieces will be handed down through the generations. As a small business Vanessa recognises the impact her business, the industry she works within and its actions can have on the environment and its people. This is important to her and she is always working to improve and manage her environmental impact as much as she can by car sharing, walking, recycling, and only using reputable suppliers to purchase materials and gemstones from. Vanessa has signed up to Ecologi, planting trees to reduce her carbon footprint click the image below for more info:
Vanessa enjoys the wonderful challenge of designing and crafting beautiful bespoke one-of-a-kind jewellery, keepsakes that may be handed down through the generations, often from sentimental jewellery or old unworn jewellery that has been hidden in a box for years for a variety of reasons such as it not being to their individual taste. Vanessa skilfully uses her craft to redesign and bring life back to those pieces so they are cherished and loved once again.
"Its always a delight to see peoples reaction and see them smile pure joy!" Vanessa Miller
Vanessa Millers Story...
I trained at the School of Jewellery (BCU) graduating with distinction in Jewellery and Silversmithing (HND), returning as Artist in Residence for two years followed by becoming the second award winning Jeweller in Residence at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. After graduating I set up my business in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter where although no longer in the original 'cupboard-like workshop', my business continues to grow and flourish in a larger premises on Spencer Street. I am a freelance Jewellery Tutor offering tuition from my studio 'The Jewellers Peg' and at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and I am a permanent Artist Tutor at the Midlands Arts Centre.
I design and hand-craft precious metal jewellery ranging from small charm necklaces and earrings, to larger detailed pendants, brooches and rings; some with moving or hidden elements. My work is inspired by nature, organic forms, the wonders of the world around me, holidays abroad and carefree, happy childhood memories. Through hand forming, sculpting and carving, I aim to capture the special character of my subject and design with a smile in mind.