Journal



Jewellery Making Workshop at The Kip in Sri Lanka

On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I held a jewellery making workshop in collaboration with The Kip Sri Lanka. The Kip is owned by Phoebe and Seddy. They moved from Melbourne Australia to start on a new adventure in Sri Lanka. They have created the most beautiful Boutique Hotel with an incredible Cafe (The Kip Kiosk) which serves the most delicious vegan food. Our Favourites where the Raw cakes with a cashew milk iced latte. It also has a beautiful little shop. We stayed in their Studio room which we loved - it’s out in the garden surrounded by nature, with the most beautiful outdoor bathroom. For the earring making workshop, 8 creatives gathered to make an exclusive pair...

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Sustainable Sapphires from Sri Lanka

Since doing more bespoke work I have been working hard to source stones from sustainable sources, such as these sustainable Sapphires from Sri Lanka. The Sapphires I use come from Sri Lanka and so I took a trip out to meet the people mining and cutting the stones to confirm the supply chain was sustainable. I met with Janaka in Columbo who showed me the cutting studio which is on the roof of his family home. Here I met Sanjeewa and Chnandrasiri who both cut the stones. I hoped to visit the mines too, but after heavy rain they where filled with water so the mine was closed - I will go back next year and try again! All the...

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Remembering the Adventure ~ Part ||| Florence, Italy

The Final part before I set up ZM Jewellery took place in Florence, Italy. I drove my little car from London to Florence to take a 3 month Jewellery course at Alchemia Jewellery School. It was here that I furthered my skills in making and challenged my ideas in designing. I was lucky to be taught by some incredibly talented contemporary jewellery designers who pushed me to create. From my previous travels I had gained the ideas behind the brand, Florence reinforced these and allowed my technical skills to develop and be challenged. I started to do the initial parts of building the brand while I was in Florence. From writing an initial business plan to trying out various website...

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Remembering the Adventure ~ Part || Myanmar

STEPPING INTO MYANMAR   Continuing the journey from Remembering the Adventure ~ Part I : South America…… After going to uni to study graphic design, and a couple of years of working as a photographers agent in London I started to get itchy feet. I decided to do a few jewellery design courses at Central St Martins, not really thinking anything more of it other than something fun to do in the evening. I had once made a silver ring when I was 15 and knew I enjoyed the hands on approach to creating something. As the daily commute started to grind on me and I found myself spending more and more of my evenings making jewellery, I started to...

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Remembering the Adventure ~ Part I : South America

(Above: Glaciers in Patagonia to the Silver Mine in Bolivia.) From Silver Mines in Bolivia to Glaciers in Patagonia…. The question I most get asked is why did you start your own brand, quickly followed by how? So starting 2019 I wanted to give you a little more insight into the inspirations behind the brand and the path that lead me to create ZM Jewellery.I have never really understood why you would want a massive diamond or lots of gold jewellery which may seem funny considering I own a jewellery brand, but for me its always been about the meaning behind the jewellery you wear, not the amount or weight of the materials its made from. The enviroment also plays...

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Sunday Sessions: Hanging with Britt Fabello

You are originally from the US, and so we know you've done quite a bit of travelling :) - do you have any favourite places?  Oh yes! Morocco always tends to stand out when I reflect back on the last few years. I traveled to Marrakech and took a road trip to the Sahara and then onward to Fez. There were many inspiring moments that stick so strongly with me—staying at a Kasbah with no electricity, the hazy pink light of Marrakech, the rolling dunes of the desert at sunset…I could go on and on. I also love Sweden. Partly because it reminds me of back home, but I also found the archipelago to be a special place. The islands with...

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Sunday Sessions: Hanging with Zoe from Wunder Workshop

Zoe wears the Sunshine Pendant in Brass On the first day of rain in London for what seems like ages we met Zoe from Wunder Workshop in her beautiful home in Notting Hill, west London. We sat down with one of her delicious golden glow lattes in amongst her beautifully decorated home with old potion bottles and healing crystals surrounding us. We chatted about past and future adventures, what inspired Zoe to start Wunder Workshop and more….   How did it start? I started Wunder Workshop 4 years ago. My late mother was a naturopath so ever since I was little I remember being surrounded by interesting books about botanicals and herbal medicine. We grew a lot of our own...

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Portugal Travel Tips + Stockist || ZM Travels

From Lisbon to Lagos First of all we are so stoked to be stocked in the beautiful Makana store in Lagos. Not only do Ellie and Chris (the owners) have an incredibly beautiful store but they also have an incredibly beautiful guesthouse! We flew into Lisbon to shoot our latest collection and then travelled down the coast to Lagos to visit the Makana store. Below we have highlighted our favourite spots.   LX Factory - Lisbon - In the west of the city this little collection of stores and restaurants is really cool - it has the most epic rooftop bar which looks over the water. Hello, Kristof - Lisbon - a cute little coffee store with a great selection...

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Sunday Sessions: Wake boarding with Sophie Elwes from Our Adaptive World

Sophie is one of the most magical and inspiring people I have ever met. Her smile is big and welcoming and after a couple of sessions boarding with her we sat down for a little bit more of an insight into her adaptive world.   Your an incredible skier both in the snow and in the water, did you find water skiing an easy transition from the slopes?  I actually did find it quite an easy transition. I was quite strong from all the training on the ski slopes and I developed better balance through skiing. Despite new equipment and a totally different sport I actually found waterskiing/wake-boarding a little more accessible. With skiing it took more travel and cost more to...

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Sunday Sessions: Hanging with Tor Founder of Toro Falmouth / Basho Skincare

We popped into Falmouth and met the beautiful Tor, owner of Toro Studio, an amazing plant store in Falmouth. Not only does she run this but she also has an incredible skincare line basho Skincare. Basho Skincare is natural skincare which I use every day. We sat outside the store and had a good old chat to find out more.. What is your morning routine? Usually, I'll take my dog Foxy into the woods or along the river for a nice long walk before work, or depending on the weather I might jump in the sea for a morning dip. Breakfast is a big deal for me, I love the ritual of making a morning coffee at home, and whipping...

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