Hello Sonkai fans!
I have taken over the Sonkai Blog (insert evil laugh), and I thought it would be nice for us to have a little catch-up on what’s been going on in the last few months.
As I’m sure many of you know (considering I’ve been bombarding your Instagram feeds for weeks), we’re celebrating a very special birthday this year! It’s been 10 years since we first opened our doors, and we’ve had one hell of a year to mark it!
We’ve launched our own collection of high-quality silver,gold plated, and gold jewellery. (Whoop!) Using both nature and Norwich as our inspirations we have developed three ranges – Pebble, Flint, and Reed – with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and even cuff links on offer (including our behemoth Flint Cuff, which is definitely worth coming to see!), there’s plenty to choose from. Hint – It’s that time again… Christmas is coming!
Following a long and successful weekend exhibiting at the International Jewellery London 2016 show at Olympia, our collections have found their way into several jewellery shops across the country, including Oliver& J in Beccles and e-commerce giant Not On The High Street, so those of you who aren’t Norwich-based, no fear! You can still get your Sonkai fix!
Also at the show, our Head and Junior Designers, Susan and Mallory (me!), entered the Gem Empathy Award competition. They both submitted very different designs for items of jewellery to showcase John Dyer’s Fantasy-cut Heliodor stone, and made it to the final selection. Susan’s stunning Supernova cuff won over all, and she was presented with a certificate,some bubbly, and the Heliodor stone by representatives of Gem-A! We are all very proud of her! The Supernova bangle design uses oxidised silver, 18ct yellow gold and studded with Diamonds, and is due to be made for the New Year!We also have a smaller stone that we plan to make up an accompanying item. (Photos of Susan’s design and her award presentation can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages, or follow http://bit.ly/2gvIoeR to read the article on the International Jewellery London website.)
The workshop has been brimming with trade repairs, both for local jewellers, not-so local jewellers, and an internationally renowned fashion jewellery company. Along with customer repairs, we’re seeing a whole host of bent and broken jewellery.
Earlier this summer the Norfolk County Council approached us to put forward a new design for the Lord Mayor’s and Sheriff’s chains – the first time these chains have been changed since 1757. Out of three Norfolk-based jewellers, our design was chosen and we have been given the incredible opportunity of making them! In our first meeting with the Council they told us how they wanted the new chains to be a talking point, to tell a story – so that’s exactly what our design entails. The chains consist of 18 different motifs, and each one focuses on a nugget of Norwich’s history, stretching back 1000 years to the reign of Aethelred II and the coins from the Norwich Mint that ran at the time, to Kett’s rebellion in 1549, through to 2012’s successful UNESCO bid, and touches on various trades and buildings for which Norwich is known, such as Colman’s mustard, Caley’s chocolates, and the iconic Market Place. Safe to say, we’re all immensely proud to have won the commission, and to have seen the final pieces being presented to the Lord Mayor Marion Maxwell and Sherriff Richard Marks in October.
The Lord Mayor and Sherriff were kind enough to make an appearance at our 10-year anniversary party, along with a whole host of new and old guests to share the bubbly and gorgeous Figbar cakes. (Seriously, I could live on those little cakes!) We kicked off the event with an interview on Radio Norfolk in the morning, and a couple of days later Craig made an appearance on Mustard TV! That’s right, we’re famous!
All this, and there’s still more to come! I’ll keep you all posted on the news from the workbench, along with various articles, debates,info-graphics, and other weird and wonderful stuff to keep you entertained!
Until next time…