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18th January, 2017

PDA jeweller’s work raises money for charity

Jeweller and silversmith Karin Sheldon’s recent commission turned out to be for a surprising recipient.

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When jeweller and silversmith Karin Sheldon completed a recent and rather last minute commission of a diamond necklace, the recipient was not the commissioner of the item themselves nor was it for one of their loved ones, the necklace was, in fact commissioned with the intention that it would be then be donated to an auction in aid of The Christie.

Karin was asked to create the commission by people that she has known for nearly 30 years. Karin explained that “they work tirelessly for various well known charities so when they said would I design and make a necklace for The Christie then I said Yes without any thought. The Christie is, of course, a specialist hospital with a range of emotions attached. But one thing I felt everyone needs is a ‘Compass’ so I designed on those lines with something very precious at the centre. I worked to a budget through several drawings and estimates but the compass never changed. I commissioned Liz Hamman, a friend and paper-artist to make a special box. So it was made in 18ct yellow gold with platinum details and setting for a 21point diamond (1/5 carat). I was very nervous during the auction, I was at home waiting!! Then I heard it had sold for £1,500.”

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