The BlackCat Jewellery Store

Anna Berry Martin Plus

“Specialists In Gemstone & Gothic Jewellery”

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About The BlackCat Jewellery Store

The BlackCat Jewellery Store

Passionate about gemstones and all things Gothic.

A Surprising Turn Of Events

I have been ill with M.E. for the last 11 years and had to stop working 9.5 years ago. I have been horribly ill and bedbound for a large proportion of that time. I began to make jewellery about a 4 and a half years ago when I started to become a bit better. I needed something to occupy me, that I could do at home, that was within my capabilities. I still suffer greatly and my physical ability is very limited but I'm improving slowly.

I have no idea what started me thinking about making jewellery, the idea just popped into my head! Before I was ill I used to train horses and have a dog walking and pet sitting business so this is totally different! I am amazed to find my self making jewellery and enjoying it so much. As the title says - it is surprising. Even more so as I don't wear jewellery myself (only very occasionally).

What motivates me are the stones. I consider it my job to show them off as best I can which is why my designs are fairly simple; I let the stones speak for themselves.

Incidentally, the black cat is my cat, Lewis, who has been my constant companion throughout my illness. I could not have got through without him. Sadly he died in February 2016 and I miss him every day. However, there is now a new resident black cat; a Norwegian forest cat called Harriet. She keeps me on my toes!!