Magpie Dunn

Passion for Paraiba

We’re just back from Magpie Heaven – our first fair of the year which was in Chelsea at the old town hall – which is room after room of jewellers showing and selling their glittering, deicious work.  To my delight the lovely Julia Lloyd George was in the same room as us so at last I got a chance to …

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I’m an opalholic!

As a fully fledged magpie it stands to reason that I would love opals with their bright flashing colours and shiny surfaces, but until quite recently I hadn’t realised just how fabulous they are; then something happened that really piqued my interest about opals, and my mission began. A client bought an opal ring from us and a few months …

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As good as gold

In 2012, the year of the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the year the Olympics were held in London, Polly was commissioned by the World Gold Council to make a wreath.  This was a dream come true because she’d always wanted to make one, but as they’re not the hottest selling item in the jewellery world, she’d never had a reason …

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To India and back!

        I’ve just got home from my first trip to India and my ears are still ringing with the hooting horns and wedding music, my eyes are still full of the colour of saris and mustard fields, and I’m exhausted!  But what a trip it was, and the perfect destination for a magpie because there is jewellery everywhere! …

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Ah, Men!

I was prompted to look into the phenomenon of men and jewellery because in a book I’m reading that’s set in ancient Rome, four rings were taken from the hand of a dead senator and dropped in the Tiber (getting rid of identifying objects, of course…). All through the book I read that the Emperor wore a wreath and a …

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Tantilizing Tanzanite

One of the most extraordinary stones – in my humble opinion, naturally – is the Tanzanite.  All stones come in a variety of colours, of course, but there’s just something about the range of colours in the Tanzanite that absolutely entrances me.  The mauve of a Tanzanite is incredibly difficult to photograph and get accurate; it’s a bit like trying …

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How it all began

A while ago I found this photograph of myself when I was about 3. Grubby shorts, no shoes, but bangles!  Clearly I’ve had a thing for jewellery since smallhood, and as the bracelets were a mix of bright coloured plastic and glass bought in the Indian bazaar in Nairobi, I obviously also had magpie tendencies from a very early age. …

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