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Andrea Gardiner in her jewellery studio

Andrea Gardiner

Andrea is a designer and maker of bespoke jewellery whose work is inspired by her mixed Scottish & Mexican heritage. Her designs encapsulate these two different cultures through combining assorted materials such as sterling silver, copper, brass, leather and clay.


Andrea has been working as a jewellery designer since 2018, after graduating with a Jewellery Design degree from Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, and now enjoys working from her light and bright studio at the Perth based Creative Exchange.


Inspiration for Andrea’s statement jewellery pieces often combine elements from various aspects of each culture, Mexican architecture, Scottish landscapes, Aztec and Celtic history as well as snapshots taken whilst away exploring Mexico or walks along the River Tay.  


Colour is important to Andrea, and her use of polymer clay combined with silver, enable her to realise imaginative ideas representing the vibrancy of her family hometown of San Miguel de Allende as well as the movement of the traditional costume of the Folklorico dancers.


In contrast to these colourful larger statement pieces, Andrea also enjoys designing more delicate and contemporary pieces in silver, inspired by the water lilies found at Faskally near Pitlochry, Perthshire.  



Each piece begins as a sketch which Andrea continually develops in her sketchbook before beginning to shape in whichever metal or material best embodies the design, only then will the final design be soldered. Andrea likes to bring various techniques into her work, including saw piercing, etching, oxidising to name but a few, and every piece is expertly sanded and polished to create a beautiful shine and finish.  Once complete Andrea enjoys literally wrapping up each design by carefully packing them in recyclable packaging, so her customers experience that special feeing when they open their chosen piece.


The Creative Exchange, Perth

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Gift wrapped jewellery
Andrea Gardiner handmaking jewellery

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