Established in 2014, HerbertandWilks Jewellery is a natural extension of my passion for making and experimenting in new materials and techniques.

The Jewellery we choose to wear and how we wear it holds a fascination for me. Jewellery provides a link to human evolution from the earliest primitive times to the current day: from when jewellery was worn as a tallisman, protection from unseen dangers to symbols of status and rank, to adornments to enhance the individuals choice of how they present to the world around them or for their own personal satisfaction.

Wearing Jewellery is driven by who we are – our choices that provide a visual story representing multiple layers: groups we belong to, where life has taken us and how we want to be perceived. For the wearer, it is a reminder of our journey through life and our place therein.

Sally Herbert

Contemporary Jewellery Designer and Maker

Metal Smith standing alongside a workbench

I’m a designer and maker who specialises in contemporary Jewellery designs.

My work draws on my love of simple geometric and organic forms with my jewellery designs taking on a more sculptural nature. Conceptually my designs draw on the past and amplify the beauty and freedom in natural imperfections, working primarily in silver with highlights of gold and bronze.

My designs focus on the finished surface of the work. How the use of patterns, textures and fabrics are captured by a material and the resulting change in the outward appearance of the surface.

To help find a balance to the shape, colour and surface of my work I will often incorporate oxidising the silver and repeatedly smooth it off to create a smokey satin appearance to the silver.

In addition, I will use the ancient Korean gilding technique – Keum-boo as well as the Japanese Metalworking procedure Mokume-gane to help to express a concept visually.

Birdseye view of a woman metal smith sawing at a jewellers bench