A Cornwall-based jeweller has made an appeal to the public for help after her collection of work was stolen at London’s Spirit of Christmas Fair last week.
Contemporary designer Emily Nixon runs an eponymous jewellery business from her studio and showroom in Hayle in Cornwall.
She was exhibiting at the Spirit of Christmas Fair at the London Olympia last week, the first show she had attended since the pandemic, and says that on Friday a theft took place.
She claimed: “All of my diamond and sapphire rings, pendants and earrings were stolen, every piece of gemstone jewellery that I had brought to the show… every gemstone ring that we’ve created together over these past months.”
The show had closed for the day, Nixon said, and she had just finished packing her most valuable pieces away when the collection was snatched from her stand.
Her jewellery is made using stones, seaweed and other things she finds at the beach.
Nixon’s design process involves creating miniature sculpted forms in wax through to wax casting and finishing, hallmarking and final stone-setting from her workshop on Cornwall’s north coast.
She picks sapphires from her trusted sources in Sri Lanka, Montana and Australia, and also uses 100% recycled gold and platinum.
Emily and her team are now trying to get the message out to find the rings and have appealed for help using the hashtag ‘#findemilysrings’ on social media.
She asked that Professional Jeweller share the crime reference for the theft: 6025562/21.
Nixon commented: “So much work goes into creating my pieces. Me and my lovely team are all in shock. My rings have a very distinctive seaweed character – they are very different from most jewellery.
“I appeal to everyone out there to please share this, to spread the message that someone out there may be trying to sell them on.”
View images of Nixon’s jewellery below: