Gemstone Jewellery - rings, brooches, necklaces,
scarf clips, tie fasteners, cuff links, and keyrings.
Gemstone Pictures featuring flowers, animals,
Commissions are welcomed.
Humerous talks ("From
Rocks to Riches") on Gemstones and Gemstone Craftwork
to clubs and Women's Institutes.
Please contact Colin on 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 has 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 several types of polishing
machines, including diamond saws, grinding wheels and rotary polishers
the main output and use is of tumble-polished gemstones rather than
the more commonly seen regularly-shaped cut stones to be found in
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, necklaces, 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; both small and large
At Craft Fairs which Colin attends, some
items are made up to the customers own personal choice of stone
whilst they wait, and prove very popular! Some of the commissioned
items have travelled the world - being taken as gifts to the Americas,
Australia and New Zealand.
Colin Hornsey has for many years given humerous talks on Gemstones
and Gemstone Craftwork to Women's Institutes, Clubs and other
interested groups. He regularly attends Craft Fairs both local to
Lincoln and further afield.
As an active member of The
Country Crafts Association, indeed as its present Secretary,
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 of the Alford Craftmarket and has been accepted as a member of the
British Lapidary and Mineral Dealers Association.
Commissions are welcomed and Colin will be pleased to discuss any
particular requirements you may have in this field. He can be contacted
at 01 522 687 911.