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I can’t believe how quickly this year is passing already. Every January I am normally super stressed out as I don’t know what to focus on for the rest of the year. There’s always pressure of creating new goals, pushing forward and starting something new in my business.

But 2019 already has a completely different feel, without the pressure of working like a bitch any more. Having a better work life balance is key to being happier. I’ve been running my jewellery business since October 2006 and it has always been my main focus and passion in life. However over the past year my mindset has changed, as I am reaching 38, now is time to take a little break to have a family.

In less than 5 weeks time I will be having my first baby. Yes it’s an exciting time and it’s going to be a lot of change. My flat has been on the market since August, we got an interested buyer in January and have sold our flat. Not the best time to find a new family home but hay, that’s just the way life works!

So this year has been taken up with me researching baby things, attending antenatal groups, getting my flat sorted for babe coming and looking for a new home! I’m also getting through my commissions and organising stock before I go off on maternity leave at the end of February. I am continuing to make jewellery until the end of February.

If you are interested in commissioning me, I am taking a waiting list of clients so that I can get back to making when I return to work. I’m not going to be as active on social media for a while and need to take time off to nurture and care for my baby.

So it is good bye for now. Thank you for supporting my business over the years and hope you will continue to support me when I return.

Best wishes

Genna x

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Genna Delaney by Genna Delaney - 7M ago

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to my VIP launch night and supported me. My new collection New Formation, is all about strong, confident women who like to stand out in their own individual style and female empowerment. To tie in with the theme of my new collection, I want to help Empower Women and do something for a good cause, so have chosen to donate money to The Fawcett Society who promote gender equality and equal pay for women.

At the party I launched a raffle campaign to raise money for The Fawcett Society and I’m extending this till 19th December. I have 13 prizes up for grabs some of which have been kindly donated by fellow makers. Have a look at all these gorgeous prizes!!!!!

We have 2 framed prints from Judy Scott, 2 separate prizes

Judy Scott framed prints

A robin brooch from Justjudithdesign,

Judith McDowell robin brooch

A £15 gift voucher from Pretty Fly Workshop,

a print from Jennifer Robson Artist,

Jennifer Robson Artist – Horse girl

2 beauty vouchers from Studio_at54, 1 cut and blow dry and one gel polish – 2 separate gifts 

studio 54 gift vouchers

Belgian chocolates, bottle of red wine, a prosecco gift set, a Baylis & Harding gift set, a Calcot Manor Spa gift set

 

and 1 of 2 pieces of jewellery to choose from, from me. Choose between the larger or the smaller pendant. Which one is more your style?

 

Genna Delaney jewellery raffle prize

Raffle tickets are £5 per strip and 20% of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to The Fawcett Society.

To buy a strip of tickets you can purchase directly from me from my studio, at my next events and for online, please message me for bank details.

BUY TICKETS NOW

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th December to allow me to post in time for Christmas. People who live in or near Dundee, can collect prizes from my studio.

Thanks so much again, I really appreciate your support.

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Edinburgh Festival Me In Stand

It’s the perfect time to update you all about the exciting changes at Genna Design!

You may or may not know that I recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to enable me to raise the necessary funds so that I can create a BRAND NEW jewellery collection. The campaign was to raise £1500 and ran for 4 weeks from June – July, I’m so excited that it was hugely successful and made it possible for me to purchase the Anarkik 3D Cloud 9 software and Haptic Mouse that goes with it. This new technology means that I can create a new 3D printed jewellery collection which is a new and exciting concept. I want to say Thank You to everyone that pledged and helped me reach my goal!

WASPS Studio Work Space

As well as this, I have moved to a new studio! I’m still based at WASPS in Dundee but now located on level 2 of the building, it’s a much bigger space and I am currently adapting it so that I can make it my own. I have already painted the floor red, had new work benches constructed and started to give it that homely feel (which is very important of course!). I have a few more finishing touches so that I can have it just the way I want it, but I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

So lastly, most of you will already know the importance of this time of year for Genna Design… We are already into the first week of the Edinburgh Festival! This is my biggest show of the year and I have been preparing for it over the past 2 months, making lots of new pieces to entice you. If you haven’t visited Edinburgh during the festival then I would highly recommend it, the atmosphere is simply buzzing! There are more stalls than you can look at, lots of interesting foods to try and a choice of thousands of shows to go and see. I’ll be situated in the marquee of 3D2D West End Fair, which is right next to St John’s church. (corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, I’m in the marquee at the top).

It’s a 3 week event for me and runs from Saturday 8th- Sunday 30th August, open from 11am -6pm each day. So I’d love to see some friendly faces and also some new ones. If you know anyone that is looking to buy jewellery then you know where to send them, my pieces are perfect for gifts or if you’d just like to treat yourself. I’ll have my classic collections with me but also some new exciting pieces that I’m certain will appeal to many!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at the festival next month!

Speak to you soon

Genna x

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Gail Set

Choosing or Finding an Engagement Ring can be tricky and can take a bit of time. So as an experienced jewellery designer who has made a lot of rings for individual clients, I thought I would share with you some helpful tips and things to consider when choosing and finding the perfect engagement ring.

Do you want a ready made ring from a highstreet jewellers such as Goldsmiths, Hendersons, BeaverBrooks, etc, who stock lots of rings that other people have bought? They have trays of the same ring which are in different sizes.

Or do you want something unique and handmade especially for your partner?

Either way, you want to make sure you choose the perfect ring for them. Do you want it made in Silver, Gold, Palladium or Platinum? Do you want a CZ (Cubic Zercona), Diamond or a coloured precious stone such as Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald? The list goes on. Nowadays you don’t need to choose a Diamond, the stone can match your partners personality and style.

Many clients ask me similar questions and one which is popular is what is the different between the various metals? In the UK the gold standard is 9ct and 18ct gold. Abroad you can get 14ct and 22ct. In some cases it is possible to have pieces made in 22ct gold but this is a very soft metal, has limited supply in Britain (due to the UK hallmarking standards) and wears more easily. I mostly make rings in Silver, 9ct, 18ct, Palladium and Platinum.

Colour of the golds

When you go to a highstreet jewellers in the UK they will offer you 9ct white gold and 18ct white gold. These rings will have a rhodium plating on the metal which makes it a bright white finish. However the natural colour of these two metals is quite different to the plated colour. You must be aware that the plating will wear away over time and the natural colour of the gold will come through so you will have to get this plated at least once a year (depending on ware). This can cost from £30 (each time) depending on which store you take it to.  I offer a plating service from £25 so if you would like your jewellery replated get in touch.

NB. (I have had clients bring in engagement rings that were sold to them as a 18ct white gold ring but it is actually 18ct yellow gold with rhodium plating. This is really bad as this will need plated twice as much and 18ct yellow gold is cheaper than 18ct white gold). Make sure you know what you are buying.

Natural colour of:

-silver is white metal but has a soft, very subtle yellow tinge. You can also get silver oxidised which tarnishes the metal and turns it black,gray,petrol colour. This comes off during wear so will need reapplied over time.

Wearability and hardness of the metals

The white metals -Platinum is the hardest of the metals but it does scratch easily. Then 18ct White Gold is the hardest followed by Palladium, 14ct White Gold and lastly 9ct White Gold which is slightly harder than Silver. Silver is the softest metal but lasts a lifetime. It can be used to make an engagement ring for everyday wear but it has to be thick enough to start with.

Yellow Gold – 14ct Yellow Gold is harder than 9ct and 18ct Yellow Gold, which are both as soft as each other.

Rose Gold – 18ct is the hardest followed by 9ct which is harder than 14ct Rose Gold.

Price guide of the metals

Silver engagement rings can start from £120 (with CZ, cubic zerconia). You can check my range of ready made silver engagement rings here.

9ct yellow gold engagement rings (with diamond) start from £400

9ct white gold engagement rings (with diamond) start from £500

18ct yellow gold engagement rings (with diamond) start from £800

18ct white gold engagement rings (with diamond) start from £1000

22ct yellow gold is rare in Britain as our hallmarking standards are 9ct, 18ct (however 24ct is much rarer and harder to source refined bullion).  Engagement rings in 22ct yellow gold would be from £1500 upwards.

(prices vary depending on intricacy of design, the thickness of metal and size, type of stone. Each piece is individually handmade so if you would like a bespoke piece made for you please get in touch for an accurate quote).

If you are interested in getting a bespoke engagement ring made have a read of my blog post “How to Commission a Piece of Jewellery”, here for some helpful tips.

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Genna Delaney by Genna Delaney - 1y ago

So it was a few weeks ago now that I got the opportunity to meet Judy Murray, the successful tennis coach, (not just Andy Murray’s mum!) When the opportunity arose for me to attend the ASB (Association for Scottish Businesswomen) conference, in Perth and present Judy Murray with a pair of earrings I had to just go for it as this was an amazing opportunity for me to raise my profile. The...

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