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Welcome to ARK Contemporary Designs home of bespoke beautifully handcrafted contemporary jewellery. The business is owned by Angela Ruth Kennedy who takes on commissions, carries out repairs and runs workshops and tuition days.
  • Welcome to ARK Contemporary Designs

    Welcome to ARK Contemporary Designs, home of beautifully handcrafted jewellery

  • Beautiful Handcrafted Jewellery

Blog

Blog
  • Here are some of my recent commissions requested by clients. These are a pair of 9ct yellow gold earrings made with the clients own old gold jewellery. They are simple but stunning!     Here is another recent commission , this time again using the clients old jewellery, a 9ct yellow gold ring set with a large […]

  • Just to let you know that I have now got a new online shop! With a lot of hard work from my husband and myself we have managed to get it together. I have added some jewellery pieces and am proud to  have it up and running. I know the images my not be so […]

  • The use of gold has been traced back to over 7000 years! The Romans used hydraulic mining methods to extract it and mined extensively in Britain, especially in Wales. Gold was so highly prized by the Egyptians that it was associated with the colour of the dazzling light of the sun and the solar deity […]

  • Happy New Year everyone! And it’s wedding fayre season! I’ll be taking part in the wedding fayre held at Leasowe Castle, Moreton, Wirral this coming weekend, Sunday 18th January 2015. It’s organised by Hannah from Red Event and it’s a lovely venue and great event! At this wedding fayre I’ll be promoting my “Make your […]

  • Well it’s the Winter Arts Market 2014 coming up very soon gearing up for everyone to buy some wonderful handcrafted gifts for Christmas. It takes place at St Georges Hall, Liverpool on Saturday 6th December and Sunday 7th December 10am to 5pm. At the Winter Arts Market 2014 there will be over 200 artists and […]

  • Here is May 2014 Newsletter. If you want to subscribe to the newsletter then just go to the about me page and add your email address to the box provided. Hi there! Apologies for a late newsletter but I went on holiday! I’ve been touring Scotland and did over 1200 miles! Had an incredible time […]

  • WW1 Centenary remembered. This a personal tribute to my Great Uncle who served in the army during WW1 and died for his country. As a member of the Cheshire Artists Network I was asked to be part of a touring exhibition to commemorate the WW1 centenary. My thoughts turned immediately to my Great Uncle Albert […]

  • Make your own wedding rings workshops. These fantastic workshops allow you and your partner to make your wedding rings in just one day. In my fully equipped workshop you and your partner will be guided through the whole process from metal to ring with lots of fun along the way. I have developed my ‘Make […]

  • Jewellers Tools – Part 2 The next jewellers tool we are going to look at is the micro folder. This ingenious device allows metal to be folded and from there to create corrugated jewellery.The device is clamped into a vice to make it stable. The two top knobs are turned to 0 to calibrate the […]

  • Jewellers Tools – Part 1 OK so I have decided to show you some of my lovely tools that I use in my jewellery making workshop, but rather than bore you to death with every single tool I thought I would talk about one particular piece of equipment every so often. So this time it’s […]

  • So what do you need to do when taking care of your silver jewellery? Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and the rest is copper. As a result the copper in the jewellery oxidises when in contact with the air, this can give your jewellery anything from a dull appearance to an ugly grey/black coating! So […]

  • Birthstones, what’s yours? So just to clarify, a birthstone is traditionally seen as a gemstone associated with the month of a persons birth. This tradition started several centuries ago. By 1912 the National Association of Goldsmiths standardised the list of Birthstones for Britain. And here they are: January – Garnet February – Amethyst March – […]

Testimonials

Testimonials
  • Angela is a very good teacher!

    "I have had a fabulous day! A mixture of science and art - lots of skills taught, lots of scientific explanations (which I like), and lots of physical and creative activity. "

    – Mary

  • Exceeded my expectations

    "Your tuition was absolutely spot on, making me feel confident and comfortable, despite having no idea how to approach working with metal. I enjoyed every aspect of the day and it's really encouraged me to plan to do more..."

    – Jools

  • Thank you so much!

    "Great day and great fun. Thank you, a very informative course thoroughly enjoyed and keen to repeat the experience."

    – Julie