Handcrafted Jewellery Designs by Lesley Lake

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 Distinctive, contemporary jewellery by an award winning designer.

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chainmaille handflowercopper braceletchainmaille necklace


Hello from Masham, in rural North Yorkshire, and welcome to my site of lovingly handcrafted jewellery.

My philosophy is fairly simple: take beautiful, high quality materials and show them to best advantage. My pieces are all individually designed and handmade by me.

I take inspiration from moods and visions, rather than more tangible things, and my work has a strong focus on shape, form and texture. I strive to create elegant, contemporary, unique designs.

I use precious metals, handmade lampwork beads and semi-precious gemstones. I love working with silver: the way it can be shaped, and the different finishes and textures you can achieve.

I am self taught and pick up valuable hints and tips from books, magazines and forums.

In 2011 I won the chainmaille category of the Jewellery Maker of the Year competition, organised by Beads and Beyond magazine. I was thrilled to win the wirework section of The British Bead Awards in October 2009, especially as this was the first competition I had ever entered. This year I took 2nd place in the Beyond Beads category of The British Bead Awards and was a finalist in 2 categories in 2010.

I have been fascinated by the ancient art of chainmaille for some time and in 2010 began to experiment. There are a myriad of beautiful weaves and patterns. I've only just scratched the surface so there are plenty more to explore in the future.

I am currently learning some traditional metalsmithing techniques: piercing, soldering, forming, the colouring and patination of metals. I hope this will give more scope and depth to my designs.

Some designs are made using a lot of precious metal and expensive artisan beads, as well as taking several days of careful work to produce the finished piece. These pieces are therefore more expensive but ideal for a special occasion or gift.

My individual ELEL hallmark is now registered at Sheffield Assay Office.  


If you would like to be notified when I add new designs please add your details to the Mailing List on the left. 

My work is also for sale in my Etsy shop: My Etsy Shop

Larger photos of my handmade jewellery can be viewed on Flickr: My Flickr Gallery

Some of my pieces are now exhibited in the Anstey Galleries in Harrogate. The gallery represents a variety of carefully selected contemporary artists and jewellers, who create original works of art. If you're in the area, the gallery can be found at 33 Swan Road, or take a look at their website at www.ansteygalleries.co.uk for opening times and details of exhibitions.


Please read the Store and Delivery Information for particular terms and conditions.

Prices include a gift box, and postage and packaging within the UK.

The Links page shows you where I obtained some of the beautiful beads featured.

I hope you enjoy browsing these pages. Even if you don't buy, feel free to comment. I'm interested to know what you think. I can be reached via the Contact Me page or at lesley@eleljewellery.co.uk 



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