Alford Craft Market - CRAFT GEMSTONESColin Hornsey
CRAFT GEMSTONES 29 Wallis Avenue, Lincoln, LN6 8AS
Telephone 01 522 687 911
Colin Hornsey was born and brought up in the City of Lincoln, gaining his interest in Gemstones and Lapidary around 1970. From these early beginnings - using a simple tumble-polishing machine - he progressed to the very latest electronically controlled vibrating tumblers for polishing his gemstones. The results are baroque-shaped gemstones in varying types and sizes. Although he has access to ready-cut stones the main use is of tumble-polished gemstones.
One of the earliest known uses for this type of polished stone (it often being shaped and polished by natural forces) was, and still is, in the making of individual items of personal adornment, i.e. jewellery - rings, brooches, necklets, scarf clips for the ladies; tie fasteners, cuff links, and even keyrings for the gentlemen.
Colin has attended courses in the rather neglected field of stone polishing & jewellery making using tumble-polished gemstones, gaining considerable valuable practical experience. Nowadays, one of the more challenging aspects is for Colin to create the unusual: for instance, beautiful Gemstone Pictures featuring flowers, animals, birds; small and large Plaques; and even enhancing small prints with these polished gemstones.
At the Craft Fairs which Colin attends items can be made up to the customers own personal choice of stone whilst they wait, and this proves very popular! Some of the commissioned items have travelled the world - being taken as gifts to the Americas, Australia and New Zealand.
He has for many years given entertaining talks on Gemstones, his Gemstone Craftwork and Lapidary to Women’s Institutes, Ladies Clubs and other interested groups. He regularly attends Craft Fairs both local to Lincoln and further afield.
As an active member of, and for many years the Secretary of, The Country Crafts Association, he is very concerned with keeping Crafts synonymous with quality and has exhibited for a number of years with this group of very high-class Craftsmen. He is also a Member and past Secretary of The Alford Craft Market.
Commissions are welcomed and Colin will be pleased to discuss any particular requirements you may have in this field.
Telephone Colin on 01 522 687 911