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The art of love: Valentine’s gifts

I am a Valentine’s Day fan. For one thing I’m an incurable romantic – but I’m also up for the serious business of love. It’s yet another excuse to show off Art in the Heart’s unique one-off collections conceived and created in UK studios and workshops. Amidst our cornucopia of hand-crafted original objects, I’ve selected one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces, ideal for this special celebration...

Silver Pebble Bracelet by Cambridge based Morven Dalton. Handcrafted sterling silver bracelet £105.00. Morven qualified as a jewellery maker at Holts Academy. She works mainly in sterling silver with accents of gold, pearl, and semi-precious stones and loves combining textures and metals within pieces. ● Purchase this beautiful bracelet at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/morvendaltonjewellery

Sterling silver ‘Pavo’ earrings by Peterborough based Wendy Booth of Oakland Jewellery £60.00 Oakland Jewellery is the result of years of experience in both contemporary jewellery design and traditional handmaking skills. Wendy finds her inspiration in nature. Some of her most successful pieces are frameworks for truly beautiful natural gems and pearls. ● Purchase these gorgeous earrings at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/oakland-jewellery/

Hanging heart by Peterborough based Shelagh Hope. Original little treasure, 10cm with hand cut mosaic glass tiles and glass nuggets. (Reverse painted and varnished). £10.00 Shelagh found true inspiration when she started to work with mosaic. She was instantly hooked by the colours of the glass and the intricacy of the designs possible. She also uses found treasures, for example pebbles or shells found at the beach. ● Purchase this heart or choose from a huge selection at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/shelagh-hope-mosaic-art/‘Fantasy’

Rustic unisex copper pipe cuff by Stamford based Shalini Austin. Up-cycled from salvaged copper pipe, individually annealed, hammered and shaped. £46.00. Shalini is a self taught metalsmith, working mainly with sheet copper crafting a beautifully decorative and functional range of copper jewellery, home ware, sculptures and pictures. ● Purchase this original wonderfully organic cuff at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/shalini-austin-artisanmetalsmith/

Ivory basket – goose eggshell tea-light holder by Essex-based artist Sheeba Kukreja. Hand carved with 24 carat gold leaf on the inside and drizzled with Swarovski crystals on the outside. Packaged in secure custom made box £65.00. Sheeba sculpts eggshells into unique and delicate patterns for elegant decorations: baskets, tea lights, jewellery boxes. They are for special occasions and make exquisite gifts, wedding favours, place holders and centre pieces. ● Purchase this lovely goose egg shell or others at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/sheeba-kukreja/

Culinary Concepts small hammered heart dish by Active Interiors. Silver plated. £22.00. Active Interiors, successful Peterborough based business of 15 years sponsors and advises Art in the Heart’s marketing activities and community projects. It has offered pro bono business, advice to artists in the area and beyond for years. Active Interiors has one of the largest selections of Culinary Concepts in the UK. ● Purchase this lovely dish or choose from an extensive range of other Culinary Concepts products at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/active-interiors/

‘Baltic Amber’ pendant by Berkshire based Laura Elliott. Fine 999 Silver metal clay and 925 sterling silver chain, Baltic Amber, 0.15ct, yellow sapphire. Complementary 18 inch chain. £179.00 This is just one of the exquisite ‘Landscape Gems Collection’ — unique, mini sculptures, hand-made from fine 999/ Sterling 925 Silver, Copper or Bronze metal clay. All silver designs hallmarked by the Goldsmiths Assay Office. Ethically sourced, genuine gemstones are mounted in every design. ● Purchase this commissioned pendant at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store/lheart/

‘The Black Collection’. Sterling silver with black onyx cabochons. Pendants £50.00, Earrings £60.00 Gabriella started making silver jewellery feeling uninspired by designs around her. Inspired by shape and colour, she is passionate about the creative process through to producing something unique and beautiful. ● Purchase this lovely handcrafted range at www.artintheheart.co.uk/store

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