Ellen Kirk Ali

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“Individual & Symbolic Jewellery Handmade in Scotland ”

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  • V Bar Necklace - Sterling silver Bar Necklace Handmade

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  • Pink Swarovski Pearl Earrings - Sterling silver Stud Earrings

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  • Grey Swarovski Pearl Earrings  - Stud Earrings - Silver Earrings

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  • Purple Swarovski Pearl Earrings - Sterling Silver

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  • White Swarovski Pearl Earrings - Silver Stud Earrings

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  • Molten Organic Sterling Silver Earrings - Stud earrings- Handmade

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  • Bar Stud Earrings - Sterling silver Earrings - Handmade Earrings

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  • Rose Gold Circle Earrings - Rose gold earrings - Handmade earrings

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  • Hammered Silver Cuff Bracelet - Sterling Silver - Personalised - Hallmarked

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  • Horseshoe Earrings - Sterling silver handmade stud earrings

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  • Plastic UK Ring Size Guide - perfect for finding your ring size

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  • Silver Circle Pendant Necklace - Handmade from Sterling Silver

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  • Oversize Silver Bar Pendant  & Chain - Handmade from Sterling silver

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  • Silver & Swarovski Pearl Necklace - Pink - Handmade in Scotland

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  • White Swarovski Pearl and Silver Necklace - Handmade in Scotland

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  • Purple Swarovski Pearl Necklace - Handmade with Sterling Silver

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  • Gray Swarovski Pearl Necklace - Handmade with Sterling Silver

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  • Distressed Silver Bar Necklace - Handmade from Sterling Silver

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  • Silver Name Necklace - Personalised and Handmade from Sterling silver

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  • Silver Name Necklace - Handmade and Personalised

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  • Silver Name Necklace - Personalised and Handmade Sterling Silver

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  • Circle Stud Earrings - Handmade from Sterling silver

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  • His and Her Rings - Personalised and Handmade from Sterling Silver

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  • Hammered Silver Stacking Ring - Handmade Sterling Silver

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  • His and hers Hammered Wedding Rings - Promise Rings in Sterling Silver

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  • 9ct Gold Chevron Ring - Handmade Geometric Ring

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  • Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet - Personalised Gifts

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  • Silver Cuff Bracelet - Hammered Sterling Silver - Personalised

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  • Pendulum Bar Necklace - Personalised and Handmade from Sterling Silver

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About Ellen Kirk Ali

Ellen Kirk Ali

Handmade, Individual & Symbolic Jewellery in Silver and Gold

I have always been a maker and crafter and regularly have a project or two on the go. I have worked in many mediums. I did some metal work at high school and loved it. I have always drawn and painted which is fun but my skills are never quite as good as I want them to be and I tend to get disheartened. I loved taking photographs and used to develop my own 35mm films. Next came knitting and crochet and I dabbled in soft furnishings. Dress making is not my forte but I can whip up some curtains if I am pressured to do so. All of these things were fun and passed the time but just not the hobby I was looking for.

I started my jewellery adventure with some beading and wire work. I made rings out of buttons and gave them to friends and family. Being able to make a real ring was still way out of my reach and skill set but I had the bug and didn't want to stop there. I attended a two day stone setting course at the precious metals workshop in Edinburgh. There I discovered the magic of shaping, soldering and polishing silver and of course setting stones. My first ever silver project was a pair of opal stud earrings. I loved the challenge of stone setting and I was hooked. My passion ignited I bought some tools (alot of tools!) and metal and set up my work bench on an old kitchen table. I started experimenting and making lots of mistakes. A Silversmithing night class covered the basics and wonderful online tutors such as Soham Harrison and websites like Ganoskin taught me everything else. I made lots of rings and earrings, setting stones and making mistakes. I look back on these first projects and they look so rough!

Just as I was finding a rhythm and starting to sell my work I found out I was pregnant. My jewellery adventure was put on pause. I decided to wait until after the first trimester before making again in case I exposed my unborn baby to any nasty fumes or chemicals. This turned into a longer absence than I intended as the exhaustion of being pregnant and working left little energy for my hobby. When my son was born I had even less time. I managed to make myself a moissanite ring but that was about it. Then we moved house and my workshop equipment was packed away in the attic for over 6 months.

Once I started to find some time for myself again I took my tools out of the attic and set up my work bench in our spare room. I made a few pieces in Aluminium, dyeing the metal and my hands blue. Sales were slow coming but then in the run up to Christmas I started selling. I would buy enough metal for one silver cuff bracelet, then once it sold would buy metal for another two. and so my little spare bedroom business started to grow.

I spent the following year trying out new designs, taking photos, working on listings and setting up my website and selling online. Friends and family commissioned bespoke designs.

I now have a growing collection of earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets that have a common theme and style. I love minimal jewellery as it can be worn everyday, I love adding precious stones and mixing precious metals. I enjoy working with lab created stones and recycled precious metals.

My jewellery making skills have come a long way since I started with the button and wire rings and my drive to improve them and make new things is stronger than ever.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my origin story. I hope you enjoy my jewellery and please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Best wishes

Ellen x

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