I'm Deborah; founder, creative designer and goldsmith.
My Grandmother provided my starting point for looking at colour, shape and form - in my great great Aunty's button box from the 1920s, full of feathers, beads and silks. I became a self-taught dressmaker and metal worker during my teenage years.
I began designing and manufacturing in late 1986, after graduating from Central St. Martins. Having received the 'Gold in Fashion Award' from The World Gold Council earlier that year, I was invited by De Beers to their Design seminar 'Simply Beautiful'. Boodle & Dunthorne became my sponsor, supporting my first fine jewellery collection and a series thereafter.
I went on to expand my high-end jewellery, developing fashion and runway collection. These sold under my own name to Harrods, Liberty, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and exhibited during London Fashion Week. I was also fortunate to work for Graff Diamonds Ltd & David Morris Jewellery over a number of years.
The Gentle Rose Jewellery Co. has been my creative commitment for the past 30 years. I now live in Buckinghamshire with my far better half and am the luckiest to have two beautiful children and three magnificent step daughters. When I'm not in the workshop you'll often find me on a tennis court, in the veg garden or sharing time with cherished family and friends.