Meet The Maker – Karen Faulkner-Dunkley

Karen Faulkner-Dunkley

Karen Faulkner-Dunkley

Over thirteen years ago Karen made a career change from teaching biology in a college of further education to designing and making jewellery. She has always loved jewellery so it made perfect sense to develop this love into a vehicle to explore her creative ideas.

Silver and 9ct gold rings

Silver and 9ct gold rings

Karen now designs and makes elegant, precious metal jewellery in her workshop in rural Cambridgeshire. Her interest in nature is reflected in her designs many of which feature flowers and leaves.

silver and 9ct gold heart with peacock pearls

Silver and 9ct gold heart with peacock pearls

Karen works in both silver and gold, but loves to combine the two metals as this produces pieces that look good on people of both cool and warm complexions. Her popular ‘From The Heart’ collection aptly demonstrates the benefits of combining silver and gold.

Silver and 9ct gold studs

Silver and 9ct gold studs

This design was developed from a stylised leaf; the imperfectly heart shape being flattering to most face shapes. The hammered silver surface catches the light beautifully, whilst the small polished gold heart provides warmth and accent detail. The added benefit of a hammered surface is that it masks the finger prints and scratches resulting from continual wear. The Heart pendant can also be strung on pearls or beads of different colours to compliment your colouring, accent an outfit or denote your unique quality.

Silver and 9ct heart of natural white pearls

Silver and 9ct heart of natural white pearls

Karen loves texture in her jewellery and has developed a variety of techniques to finish her work. Much of  Karen’s work is forged and textured with hammers, but she also uses the rolling mill and hand press to add impressions, as well as heat and acid to create interesting surfaces and forms.

Silver and resin studs

Silver and resin studs

Karen is very excited about her newest collection, ‘Champagne’, inspired by this sparkling beverage. She combines silver and gold, pearls and precious stones in delicious shapes and forms to produce luxurious jewellery, guaranteed to be coveted by the discerning elegant lady.

Silver and 9ct gold heart charm bracelet

Silver and 9ct gold heart charm bracelet

Karen is passionate about designing jewellery that will be cherished and worn regularly. Her aim is to design and make jewellery to suit your looks, personality and lifestyle. This involves taking note of your physical characteristics eg skin tone, hair and eye colour, face shape, your personality type and lifestyle. Get this right and you have a piece of jewellery which will be worn, rather than remain in the box. To help guide her customers through this process Karen has written a book ‘Does this look good on me?’ to guide the reader through the selection process. You can order it here.

Does This Look good On Me book by Karen Faulkner-Dunkley

‘Does This Look good On Me?’ book by Karen Faulkner-Dunkley

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