Bespoke Historic Jewellery
William Burges (1827-1881) was one of the most imaginative architect-designers of the Victorian Period.
In collaboration with Cardiff castle, Neil set about researching and studying William Burges’s work. The aim was to create a definitive Victorian Gothic collection in sterling silver using the same materials that Burges himself used, all pieces based on design elements within the architecture of the castle itself such as the ornate door knockers and detailed motifs on the fireplace.
Using elements of William Burges's interior design, we created a unique collection that celebrated Welsh cultural history, but also would not look out of place with a contemporary outfit. Neil has designed and made these pieces using original hand making techniques to produce the collection. All the suites of jewellery have been produced with the same techniques as Burges would have used like lost wax casting and rivet assembly. He has also used real semi-precious stones to the exact colour Burges proffered when designing, rich deep red garnets, dark blue sapphire and vibrant blue turquoise cabochon’s feature in many parts of the collection.