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Claire Troughton

Claire Troughton produces stunning jewellery collections celebrating the sculptural plants and tiny creatures of the great British countryside. She is fascinated by capturing a tiny snap-shot of life before the beauty of the moment fades and presenting it in more durable form. The cherry tree at the end of the street that was in full blossom one day and then bare the next, the butterfly landing on a flower, the first curl of a leaf as it begins to fade and the fat and furry bumble bees buzzing around in the spring, have all been elements she has tried to preserve. She successfully translates the delicacy and fleeting beauty of nature into more permanent objects of desire. Through the use of predominantly silver, with touches of gold, a distinctive style has been created. Each item has been carefully designed and made in Claire's workshop in Chester, England, using the highest quality materials and the greatest care to ensure perfection.

Claire Troughton is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art (1995) and established her business in 1996. Her work was immediately popular with people of all ages and she now sells to contemporary galleries and beautiful jewellery shops throughout the UK and Europe.

In 2004 Claire won the 'Platinum Innovation Award' for her beautiful necklace inspired by the seeds of the dandelion clock floating away in the wind. She has also been commended by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and her unusual gold cufflinks attracted the attention of Cherie Blair in a design competition, resulting in her attending a reception evening at 10 Downing Street. In 2011 Claire was proud to be a finalist in the Craft & Design Magazine 'Selected' awards.

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