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about Hannah

We are a female owned-and-run rural micro-business. Hannah has company in her studio from Demelza the brindle rescue greyhound (and occasionally Echo the white rescue cat), and they enjoy beautiful views across open skies and fields to the moorland hills beyond.

We specialise in small-scale handmade fine jewellery, and occasionally share selected antique and vintage pieces with a particular emphasis on charms and talismans. We also hand make bespoke engagement, wedding and partnership rings.

We offer private Make Your Own Wedding Rings day workshops and One-Day Jewellery Workshops where you can work in sterling silver or 9ct yellow gold. Our studio is also available to hire for custom jewellery tuition packages. Occasionally we teach workshops in other lovely venues, please see our Workshops and Events page for details.

All our workshops are suitable for absolute beginners, and also those with a little prior experience.

Follow us on Instagram @JewelleryHannah for the latest updates and insights.


Everything is entirely handmade in our own rural studio. Precious metal is carved and shaped by hand, the offcuts and gold dust saved for recycling and re-use.

Everything is entirely handmade in our own rural studio. Precious metal is carved and shaped by hand, the offcuts and gold dust saved for recycling and re-use.

Many goldsmithing techinques have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Indeed, some of our tools in daily use are over 70 years old.

Many goldsmithing techinques have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Indeed, some of our tools in daily use are over 70 years old.

Hannah has always been obsessed with jewellery in one way or another. From the age of five she had a particular weakness for large, transparent, and very gaudy plastic jewellery, and collected antique cut-glass drops from broken chandeliers. Originally from Yorkshire, Hannah now lives in rural Weardale in the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

She eschews modern technology such as rapid prototyping and electroforming, and instead her work is completely handmade using ancient goldsmithing techniques which have remained unchanged for millennia, such as forging, filing, planishing and traditional stonesetting. Hannah’s particular areas of interest are ancient rings, the social and cultural history of jewellery as talisman and amulet, and the use of symbolism for storytelling and commemoration within a jewellery and metalworking context. 

Whilst she is mostly a self-taught, Hannah learned the basics at Leeds College of Art, the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery and West Dean College. Since establishing her own studio in Weardale in 2016, she now teaches One-Day Beginners' courses and hosts private Make Your Own Wedding Rings workshops, as well as working on custom pieces and (when there’s time!) her own creative work.

Hannah works predominantly to commission. She has shown her work at The Harley Gallery, Salts Mill, and the Zillah Bell Gallery. She has also won commissions from BALTIC, Durham Cathedral and, most recently, The Bowes Museum.

Bowes Museum: May 2018 - January 2019

  • Ten artists were selected from over 230 applicants to use the collection, history and surrounding landscape of the Bowes Museum to showcase the development of the artistic process from the germ of an idea to the finished piece, using tools such as reflective journaling, sketchbooks, experimentation, and maquette creation. Hannah is developed the idea of the museum as a theatre for objects, investigating James Pradier’s cast silver figure of Sappho through the medium of sandcasting. Read more at Hannah’s Work at the Bowes Museum and #Untitled 10 and the Baby Sapphos.

Durham Cathedral: January 2015 - August 2017

  • Hannah won commissioned by Durham Cathedral to create a piece of work as part of their HLF funded Open Treasure project. She forged a medieval-inspired ring from recycled 18ct gold, hand-engraved with animals from the stories of St Cuthbert. The ring was set with garnets inspired by those in St Cuthbert’s pectoral cross, and was also inscribed with a quote from Venerable Bede. The ring was on public display at the Cathedral as part of the new Open Treasure exhibition spaces (from August 2017), and then has become part of the Cathedral’s permanent collection. Read more at Durham Cathedral Commission and A Ring for St Cuthbert.

BALTIC Gateshead: November 2014 - September 2015

  • A bespoke collection commissioned by BALTIC taking the Tyne kittiwakes as inspiration. A range of earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces made in the form of tiny individually hand-built solid sterling silver ‘twig’ nests, set with cultured pearls. Exclusively for BALTIC.


where are we?

 

We are in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in northern England.

Our studio is on the edge of the moor, just outside the pretty village of Frosterley in Weardale.

  • from Bishop Auckland we are approx 13 miles or 25 mins drive

  • from Barnard Castle we are approx 17 miles or 28 mins drive

  • from Durham we are approx 18 miles or 30 mins drive

  • from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne we are approx 27 miles or 55 mins drive

  • from Penrith we are approx 42 miles or 1h 15mins drive

  • from York we are approx 77 miles or 1h 45mins drive

Why not make a day of it? We can highly recommend The Black Bull pub for lunch or dinner (or even just a pint or two). It's just a short walk down the hill from our studio, and is usually open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

travel information

by foot  We are situated just 5 minutes walk off the 74 mile long distance footpath known as The Weardale Way, which is a walking trail which visits many of County Durham and Sunderland's most beautiful locations. 

by bicycle  Our studio is a three mile diversion from the C2C cycle route at Stanhope.

by car  On-street parking is available outside our studio location but can be limited at weekends. There is also a small amount of parking slightly downhill from us, which is on-street next to the primary school. There are also a couple of small car parks in Frosterley village (about 10 minutes walk away). They are free to park in for as long as you like.

by train  The nearest station is Durham, which is on the main line from London to Edinburgh. Durham is approx 3 hours from London, and approx 1 hour 40 minutes from Edinburgh. Durham station is approximately 18 miles or 30 minutes' drive from our studio. You can book tickets on the LNER website.

by air The nearest airport is Newcastle International, which is approx 33 miles or 50 minutes' drive from our studio. You can fly direct from many UK and worldwide destinations including London, Southampton, Exeter, Jersey, Dublin, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Sydney... we're very accessible! Please check out Newcastle International's website for further details.



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our eco credentials

we try to minimise the effect that our business has on the environment in the following ways;

  • from June 2019, all our 9ct gold (yellow, red and white) and all our 18ct gold (yellow, red, and white) is 100% recycled!

  • we walk to work, so create no pollution or congestion with our commute.

  • our studio is extremely well-insulated, and our winter heating is from one thermostatically controlled greenhouse-heater.

  • we compost all our teabags, vegetable and plant waste, and also recycle our coffee capsules and milk bottles.

  • for our Make Your Own Wedding Rings workshops, we prepare the food ourselves, using organic and local ingredients wherever possible. In summer, we grow as much of our own produce as we can in our greenhouse, garden, and allotment.

  • we operate a mostly paperless office and recycle all our printer cartridges.

  • our postal boxes and packing shreddings are all made from undyed brown paper and card, and are fully recyclable and compostable. We use undyed brown paper tape to secure our postal boxes, which can also be composted and recycled. Our jewellery presentation boxes are made from card, which can be recycled. They come tied with satin ribbon, which can be reused for your own wrapping. Currently, the velvet insert of the presentation boxes is the only part of our packaging which cannot be recycled or composted.

  • for larger pieces which require more substantial packaging, we re-use packing materials which would otherwise go to landfill (i.e. bubble wrap).

  • we walk to the post office as often as we can. If this is not practical, we combine our post office trips with other journeys to cut down on unnecessary emissions.

  • we keep all our scrap paper and either re-use it, recycle, or compost it. The smaller pieces of paper (old notes, lists, and things like paper backings from postage labels) we keep and use to light the woodburner in our home in wintertime.

  • we recycle or melt down all our scrap metal to be re-used.

  • we offer recycled precious metals, and some Fairtrade certified gold, as options in our bespoke and custom work. Whenever possible we use recycled gold in our handmade ready-to-wear pieces, such as our Arrowhead Talismans.

  • all our 18ct yellow gold pieces are now made from 100% recycled gold.

  • we regularly pick up as much litter on our explorations into the countryside as we can, and recycle the cans, glass and plastic bottles that we come across.


privacy policy

ONLINE SHOP and/or BESPOKE PURCHASES The only information we request from you is your what we ask for on our ‘checkout’ page. This is so that we can fulfil your order. This information is collected via our website and is encrypted and password-protected. We also keep a paper copy of your order and your contact details on file - this is only for HMRC Tax Return purposes. The files are kept in a locked office and only Hannah has access to these files. We don’t have access to any of your financial information at all because this is processed by external providers (such as PayPal, Stripe, BACS etc).  We will only contact you if we have a question about your order or need to tell you something relating to your order. 

MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING RINGS WORKSHOPS  We request your postal address so that we can send you an information pack. We also keep on record your email address(es).  We keep this information in electronic copy in our email system (which is encrypted and password protected) and also occasionally in paper copy if it appears on documents such as invoices and/or receipts. The files these are stored in are kept in a locked office and only Hannah has access to these files. We only keep your details for HMRC Tax Return purposes or in case we need to contact you about something relating to your workshop.

OUR MAILING LIST and SHARING OF INFORMATION If you would like to join our mailing list, please either tick the box on the online checkout page or contact us to request that we add you. We never EVER sell, rent, share or divulge any customer details or personal information. If you would like to share images or stories of you and your jewellery from Hannah Peters Jewellery with us, please feel free to do so! We love sharing customer stories on our website and social media accounts, just tag us @JewelleryHannah or email us.  We will never publish or re-post anything without your explicit permission and will always give credit for imagery/quotes/testimonials used.

REMOVAL OF DATA You have the right to request that we remove any of your personal data from our records. We do legally have to keep some of this information (such as invoice details or records of orders) for HMRC Tax Return purposes, but if you'd like us to 'forget you' please contact us and we will remove you from our records. 


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