Kerry Hughes – Beachcomber Jewellery
Kerry has been making jewellery for over ten years and says ‘I absolutely love it. I’m also a little bit obsessed with beachcombing and feel incredibly lucky to live near to the beach in Ceredigion, where I can hunt for sea glass and comb the beaches most days.
One aspect of beach combing that’s not so pleasant is the amount of rubbish that accumulates on the beaches. The plastic washed up on our shores is so hazardous to wildlife. So beach cleaning is a huge part of the beach combing experience!
10% of sales of the Seaweed collection is donated to the Marine Conservation Society to promote their amazing work protecting our coastal environment and its wildlife, being able to support them through sales of the jewellery is amazing.
I’m married to a conservationist and Mum to three awesome boys, awareness of the environment and the affect we humans have on it, is part of our daily life. I feel incredibly strongly about the conservation of biodiversity and caring for our planet, it needs to be looked after for future generations.
I’ve also spent time studying the human story in the fashion industry, we all need to be aware of how we treat our fellow humans in the making of our clothes and jewellery.
For these reasons I really want my jewellery to be something you can buy that’s both beautiful and also created as ethically and sustainably as possible.
I use recycled silver and gold, these metals have a guarantee of authenticity. Their quality is the same as mined sterling silver or gold and can be hallmarked as such, but does not have
the same environmental and social impact. All of the gemstones used are ethically sourced. All of the raw diamonds are conflict free.
The designs are inspired by the coastal environment, by its beautiful ever changing textures and colours.
Each piece of jewellery is individually handmade by me in my little shed using traditional hand tools and avoiding harmful chemicals.
Beachcomber jewellery is not about perfection just creating beautiful wearable pieces without impacting on the environment.’