I was born and raised in London, UK, and educated at a progressive school in the country whose ethos was primarily to encourage students to think. When I was young, my father took me to the British Museum to see pre-Columbian artifacts bequeathed by my great-grandfather, archaeologist Charles Fenton. This visit was to influence my future.
I first became enthralled by the world of jewelry while traveling through the Middle East. After purchasing some beautiful turquoise in Masad, Iran, I took it to an an artisan working in Kabul, Afghanistan, where I watched him turn the stones into an exquisite necklace. Upon returning to England, I was fortunate to be apprenticed to master jeweler, Roy Miles, who specialized in Victorian style jewelry and created many custom pieces for the aristocracy.
I immigrated to the USA in 1983 to work at Goldsmith Hall in Aptos, California, for fine jewelers Bouke Hollinga and Jim Hendrickson. They introduced me to master jeweler, sans pareil, Orlando Feriozzi, who took me under his aegis. Maestro Feriozzi, internationally known for his style and craftsmanship in the best traditions of an ancient profession, was himself a protegé of jewler Giorgio Cazzaniga, remembered for his ingenuity and excellence.
For many years, I have worked in the Pleasure Point area of Santa Cruz. I enjoy collaborating with customers to build a piece of jewelry that brings them pleasure for a lifetime. I prefer using the fabrication method, working directly with metal of choice (gold or platinum) over the more common "lost wax casting" as I find this results in jewelry that is strong, well aligned, and has individual character. I enjoy using unusual gems and minerals, which bring fresh design and color palette to my work.
To ensure the satisfaction of my customers, I begin with drawings, then proceed to a plasticine or silver model to build the design with actual stones from which we can make changes, working together to turn ideas into a truly elegant and beautiful piece of jewelry.