Beads by Verchiel

“Jewellery Making kits and handcrafted jewellery by Rachel at Beads by Verchiel”

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Beads by Verchiel specialises in Jewellery Making Kits and offering a selection of my Handcrafted Jewellery pieces.

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About Beads by Verchiel

Beads by Verchiel

TV demonstrator at Create and Craft TV and love to bring your new projects and my handcrafted jewellery made products

My Story
Where did my passion for jewellery begin? For me it's the early memories as a Child, sat with my Gran, who was never without her pearls and amazing sparkly rings. I grew up in the Midlands, so the Birmingham jewellery quarter was never far away.
My jewellery connections go back to my Great Grandfather, George Holloway who was a Jeweller. His speciality was making spider brooches with vibrant set stones and so he gained the nickname “spider” from his work colleagues. He made many elaborate pieces for his beloved Wife.

My Gran also worked at Firm called Peppers in the Jewellery Quarter, packaging crystal glass and jewellery. They allowed her to choose her diamonds for her engagement ring and choose 5 grade A diamonds. We still have her stunning diamond Ring. As a tradition Jewellery has always been passed down the Family for future generations, so we are fortunate to still have some of her pieces.

My Father's first part-time job (whilst studying at University) was to carry diamonds and jewels in a case, on the Bus, from the Jewellery Quarter, to other jewellers in the area.

I have such treasured memories of shared moments with my Mom and my Gran, admiring their beautiful pieces, from amazing cut amethyst rings, her diamond engagement ring, cameos and not forgetting her trademark pearls, to name but a few. It was never the monetary value of them but the sheer delight in admiring their beauty, sparkle and craftsmanship.

So you can see how my passion for Jewellery has always been there, but I didn’t start my dream job and develop my craft until I was in my mid 30s. My original field of work was within finance and it was whilst doing this that I decided to start importing jewellery from abroad to sell as a hobby. I was delighted when a little bead shop popped up in my local town of Royal Wootton Bassett and I decided to book in for jewellery making lessons. I also booked into weekly Silversmithing courses for a number of years. From here my jewellery making addiction began.

My hobby developed from doing occasional craft markets to running a co-operative market in Tetbury for other crafters (with a Friend). Eventually I gave up my part time job after having my youngest David (who is now 11) to follow my dream job and develop my skills. I have my own studio space where I work from and teach jewellery making on weekly basis, as well as 3 weeks of teaching at Marlborough College Summer School each year. I have become part of The Craft Store TV family, for over a year now and launch my jewellery making kits there and demonstrate regularly.

The name of my brand is very important to me. “Verchiel” is the angel of July – my birth month. I love what she represents as she gives a generous heart, joy & happiness. You might be giving a friend a gift or you might be buying a piece for yourself. Each one of my pieces is made with love and I like to think that the passion put into making them, brings you the same happiness.