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Karosa Jewellery works hard to ensure all our materials are ethically sourced……ethical by design

Karin Whittaker

"Being situated in the middle of the beautiful Forest of Dean means that inspiration is all around me. My background is in community arts, first having taken an access course in Art an Design at the Royal Forest of Dean College in 2001, then completing the Working in Community Arts course at Artspace in Cinderford. While working with children and later the elderly in pottery, painting and mixed crafts, I discovered my passion for designing and making jewellery, which I first did in partnership with a co-student from the access course, working in silk braids first, then adding silver pendants, because  I had started learning silver smithing at a local evening class. Around 2007 we parted company to concentrate on our own individual work. This lead me to start Karosa Jewellery in 2009.

Over the last 5 years the range of techniques and materials used has grown to include fold forming, casting, wax carving and forging. Gold is making a regular appearance now, and I love working with it!"

Working Ethically

Because of environmental concerns, Karin uses reclaimed or 'Eco' gold and silver whenever it is possible - this applies to all completely handmade items, cast pieces are made from a minimum of 50% recycled precious metals. 'Reclaimed' or 'recycled' means the metal stems from scrap gold or silver melted down, refined and remade into wire and sheet.

The suppliers of these metals, Capella Manufacturing Ltd and Cooksongold carry the Fairtrade logo, and so does Karosa Jewellery.

At least 70% of all silver mined is actually a by-product of the gold and copper mining process. Silver, of course, has a finite source and there are environmental costs to consider when working with newly mined silver.

In order to have a more sustainable basis, the workshop is run on low environmental impact principles, without the use of large electrical machines or big gas burners.  All scrap is recycled, as is any paper and cardboard waste. All Karosa gift boxes are made from recycled card.

Here are some customer testimonials for Karosa Jewellery

We think the ring is stunning.  We love the weight, the chunkiness and the finish.  Thank you so much.  It will give us a life time of pleasure and is a great way to mark our 20th anniversary.     Bridget H.

I asked Karin to produce cuff links and pendants in the form of a medieval war hammer. She never flinched at this strange request, and what’s more produced excellent models in silver cuff links which I proudly wear. My wife and daughter both sport the same model as pendants. When we are ‘out on the town’  a full house of war hammers may be seen on all three of us. You are a true master of your craft!    Charles M.

Buying a Christmas present for my wife is easy, but buying one that’s a little bit special takes more effort? ....not so when you have Karin from Karosa Jewellery at hand. I bought a beautiful necklace with matching earrings which not only look stunning but have interchangeable parts. The presentation box is also very eye catching which is important when giving to a loved one, in fact the whole experience was easy and a total pleasure. Would recommend to anyone.    Paul J.

I have long been a fan of Karin’s jewellery design and I own a growing number of her pieces! Recently Karin’s skills have been of exceptional benefit to me, when I twice lost an earring from a much loved pair (an anniversary gift!) On both occasions Karin willingly agreed to create a replica of the lost earring so that I could continue to enjoy wearing them. The replicas were brilliant -you would never have known they weren't the originals. I am so grateful for both her exceptional silver-smithing skills & also the friendly, patient and efficient service she delivers. I am a VERY happy customer!    Miranda J.

Karin was extremley helpful when we were searching for a personal, last minute Christmas gift on the 22nd December this year.  All of her jewellery is very beautiful and we decided on a lovely necklace and earring set.  However, we needed the earring setting changed and Karin was great and managed to get this done for us to pick up on Christmas eve.  We have a very happy relative now. So I have no hestitation in recommending Karin of Karosa Jewellery - not only are her designs elegant and unique, but her customer service is excellent   Jacqui G.

Karin’s jewellery is unique; each piece is crafted from her own designs and truly represents the care that Karin puts into each one. If you want a specific piece of jewellery that is designed for you speak to Karin who I have no doubt will work with you to bring your ideas from vision to reality.     Beverly J.

When we asked Karin to create something special for the Forest Business Womens' Network inaugural Awards' night our expectations were immediately exceeded. Karin has a natural ability to create jewellery with the WOW factor. She listens and truly understands just how special you want the pieces to be. Thank you Karin, you are truly a Rising Star!!     Sally P.

 The quality of Karin's jewellery is fantastic and she is a great colleague to work with on many levels. It's been a pleasure working with you Karin and I hope to again in the future.    Antonia C.

 Hi Karin, I can't thank you enough for making me the beautiful necklace, this means so much to me. I'm so grateful that you found the time to make it for me in such sort notice. I'm over the moon with it and now have a beautiful keepsake I can cherish forever.     Michelle C.

 IT’S ARRIVED!!!!!!!!! Oh thank you so very much Karin, it soooooooooooooo beautiful, I love it.        Sheila B.

 The handmade silver earrings that Karin suggested for my wife Danielle were just the ideal choice. She absolutely loves them, especially the fact that they are not completely identical as a pair, but each have a real character of their own. Not to mention the fact that they were tremendous value and the presentation box/bag/wrapping just topped off the gift perfectly. Use Karin and Karosa Jewellery – you will not be disappointed.   Mark T.

 Karin provided some beautiful Christmas gifts for me to give to friends and family. My sister was delighted with her necklace and tells me it's her most often worn piece of jewellery.   Carol S.

 Just to confirm, the piece of jewellery has just arrived here safely.  Susan is over the moon with it - far exceeds our expectations!

Thank you.   Colin A.