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Michele White

Born in London but I have lived in Birmingham for many years. I originally trained as a potter and taught pottery for some years before becoming a teacher in charge of a unit for autistic children.

During a break bringing up my children I began to attend an evening class making Jewellery and later became a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and also a Diamond Member.

I set up my own business in the Jewellery Quarter over 30 ago years and opened my own Gallery, Artisan Alchemy, in 2016.

My overriding philosophy is that the jewellery I create is both art and craft. I use unusual gemstones and work in both silver and gold.

I always know when I have found a really good gemstone because my mouth begins to water, just like a child looking into the window of a sweetshop, and this is where the design for a new piece of jewellery starts to develop. Each piece is built around its own gem or mineral, which is why each design is so different from the next. And although the styles may look different there are many similarities. Most pieces have layers which are riveted together. Silver pieces have highlights of gold which may be matt or highly polished, or diamonds may sparkle out to mimic the sparkle of the gemstone.

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