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Hi I am a jewellery designer based in South Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is my first blog and its exciting and scary all in one!

I will be  updating you all on my inspiration for my designs and showing the process i go through to make my pieces.

HAPPY READING!

By katrina lucas, Jun 1 2020 01:16PM

Can you believe we are into June and still in lock down? Thankfully the weather has been amazing, and we are starting to see a little ease up in restrictions. We have been able to drive to the beach for some exercise which has been great….it made our couch to 5k run more bearable lol.


I don’t normally talk about birthstones, but I just can’t resist this month as its pearls. I just love pearls and I have to take advantage of this so I will be talking pearls, pearls, pearls this month.


Pearls are timeless they have adapted through millennia and can be worn during any occasion. Their simplicity give a classical elegance feel and they are the go to jewellery for special occasions such as weddings. Coco Channel helped bring faux pearls into the fashion…you don’t even need to pay for freshwater or saltwater pearls, there is pearls available for any budget.


My aim is to transfer some of my passion for them onto you, starting with a few fun facts….

• Pearl is also the modern gift for 12th wedding anniversary and 30th wedding anniversary

• Only jewel that is formed from a living animal (any mollusc not just oysters).

• The are from the sea not land and require no extra manipulation like shaping or heating.

• When created naturally (from a parasite not a grain of sand) only found in 1 in every 100,000 shells.

• Only 5% of cultured pearls are salt water (shown in their price) 95% are freshwater mostly from China.

• The earliest record of pearls being used as precious objects are dated to around 2300BC.

• The pearls colour depends on the type of Mollusc that created them and the water in which it lives.

• Pearls lost popularity to diamonds in 1700s as they were more affordable.

• Round pearls are very rare.


I hope you enjoyed reading these and have learned something new this Monday? I’m going to keep a few facts back so I can share them with you throughout the month. Don’t forget you can get all my latest information and offers from my newsletter (sign up by clicking on the link below and you can unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you). If you follow me IG (link below) you will see daily updates and some behind the scene shots plus more.


Well that is it until next week, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sending lots of virtual love you way.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 25 2020 12:27PM

Happy bank holiday Monday my friends. Are you having a relaxing sunny one?


Today I wanted to talk to you all about rings and procrastination. I’m sure you have noticed that I don’t sell rings in my shop. This is mainly because I make one of a kind pieces so there would only be one of each ring, what size would I choose (is this a weak excuse)? I had thought about setting up a customised ring section on my new site where you can choose your style, size and stone/sea glass. What do you think? Would you normally buy rings often? Or rarely? Personally, I do own a lot of rings but I tend to wear pretty much the same rings all the time. So, I wanted to ask you my customers if you would like to see some in my shop.


The first ring I made was a little sterling silver band for my pinkie (never been worn lol), next was a very dramatic flower ring made from fine silver (weighs 22g), then another couple of fine silver stacker like rings…one I wear every autumn with my denim dress (I think it’s because of the amber stones). Anyway, my kids have been asking for years would I make them rings but I’ve really put it off, mostly because their fingers are growing and they wont last very long. However during lockdown, I made them both a sea glass ring with an open band which will allow for growth and then I made myself a sea glass ring (see all rings in the picture). But you know what? I just realised today that the main reason I made those rings was to escape my kids, to escape the bickering and the fighting. Is it wrong of me to be needing a lot of space from them? I do mean a lot. I have finished some pieces that have been on my bench since Feb and I really was avoiding them, I have started my new website which again I was avoiding, I even tidied my studio! It’s only been this morning that I realised the key to stopping all my procrastination is having my kids at home. Is anyone else feeling similar symptoms of lockdown lol….please don’t make me feel alone and share in the comments below!

That’s all for today as I still have to spend the normal three hours printing out the kids school work for the week plus make timetables…..I need to pay better attention to that so I can try and limit the fighting, all ideas welcome.

As always if you would like to be the first to hear all news and offers, sign up to my newsletter. This week I am going to give you a glimpse of what is coming very soon, you still have time to sign up before this week’s release on Wednesday. Also if you would like daily updates follow me on Instagram and Facebook, links below.

Until next week stay safe and I’m sending you all loads of love.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 18 2020 01:43PM

Happy Monday my friends, how is week 9 treating you? I find it hard to believe that that’s how long we have now been in lockdown. My 9 year old has just told me this morning that she is now loving home school and does not want to go back to school. I can honestly say that I will the first at the school gates once they open lol. My children are really not learning topics properly and my skills to break it down into the easiest way possible is seriously lacking. Anyway that’s my school rant over.


How has your routine changed since week 1 of lockdown? Did you start off like me with a great routine and lots of optimism? Are you now worn down and feeling the need to spice things up a bit? I would really love to know how its been for you in the comments below. I am still doing my #dressup Fridays which is proving to be a success for my mental health. I put on nice clothes and my jewellery, sometimes the girls join in which is fun. So this week I’ve decided to go a step further and plan date night for this Friday. I think I will get even more dressed up, wear some sparkly jewellery and plan a nice meal for two with some nice music? Check in next week to see how that goes and if I did in fact feel like I sparkled!


Last week I spent all the time I had free working on my website, some days it was 10 steps forward and 5 steps back but I can really see it taking shape now. I will work hard on it this week also which means I will hopefully be getting it live very soon. This is really exciting as it also means my new sea glass collection will also be released at the same time. If you don’t want to miss out make sure you are signed up to my newsletter which means you will hear all my news plus offers first and also if you interested in seeing some behind the scenes make sure to follow me on IG (@katrinalucasjewellerydesigns) and FB (@kljewellerydesigns).


That’s all for this week, don’t forget to let me know how your getting on and I will be back next week with more.

Until then take care, sending lots of love your way.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 18 2020 01:43PM

Happy Monday my friends, how is week 9 treating you? I find it hard to believe that that’s how long we have now been in lockdown. My 9 year old has just told me this morning that she is now loving home school and does not want to go back to school. I can honestly say that I will the first at the school gates once they open lol. My children are really not learning topics properly and my skills to break it down into the easiest way possible is seriously lacking. Anyway that’s my school rant over.


How has your routine changed since week 1 of lockdown? Did you start off like me with a great routine and lots of optimism? Are you now worn down and feeling the need to spice things up a bit? I would really love to know how its been for you in the comments below. I am still doing my #dressup Fridays which is proving to be a success for my mental health. I put on nice clothes and my jewellery, sometimes the girls join in which is fun. So this week I’ve decided to go a step further and plan date night for this Friday. I think I will get even more dressed up, wear some sparkly jewellery and plan a nice meal for two with some nice music? Check in next week to see how that goes and if I did in fact feel like I sparkled!


Last week I spent all the time I had free working on my website, some days it was 10 steps forward and 5 steps back but I can really see it taking shape now. I will work hard on it this week also which means I will hopefully be getting it live very soon. This is really exciting as it also means my new sea glass collection will also be released at the same time. If you don’t want to miss out make sure you are signed up to my newsletter which means you will hear all my news plus offers first and also if you interested in seeing some behind the scenes make sure to follow me on IG (@katrinalucasjewellerydesigns) and FB (@kljewellerydesigns).


That’s all for this week, don’t forget to let me know how your getting on and I will be back next week with more.

Until then take care, sending lots of love your way.

Katrina xx



By katrina lucas, May 11 2020 12:55PM

How are you this sunny Monday?


We are now into week eight of lockdown and I’ve been reflecting with the kids on their time at home. I’m grateful they had a long list of things they are enjoying and a very small list of what they aren’t enjoying (which mostly involved school and chores) lol. Us girlies have started some firsts together, the main one being couch to 5k (we are on week 4 now), learning to indo board (going very slowly) and we also have a few sewing packs waiting to open once the rain arrives. Have you been doing any firsts? And if so, are you enjoying them?

Not only am I doing firsts, I’m also rekindling old loves like my sawing. A good example of this is my mermaid necklace which I finished and listed last week (checkout my sea life collection). I’ve also got a seahorse on the go and I’ve got Mollie out trying a bit of sawing too…..she is pretty handy with a jewellers saw so watch this space for her creations. The first piece I ever made in my silversmithing journey was a butterfly hair slide, this involved a lot of sawing, filing, polishing, along with shaping the butterfly to the hair slide and soldering. A lot of work and patience was needed. I posted a photo of it recently on IG and got a lot of feedback, with people asking if I could potentially make some more…have a look at the photo above and let me know what your thoughts are and if you would like to see more of these in my collections?

As always if you would like to be the first to see and hear all about my news plus discounts then please sign up to my newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you).


Well that is all for this week, until next week stay safe and I’m sending loads of love your way.

Katrina xx



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