New Year Treasure Hunt.

January 18th, 2012 Leave a Comment 0

As you may know here at GM Towers we like to go the extra mile in our quest to fulfill all of your jewellery needs. So it came to pass that this early January that we found ourselves located somewhere in deepest Sussex in the middle of a large,cold, muddy field. Booted, be-mittened and badly in need of a decent coffee we investigated our surroundings. We scoured, we sought, we scouted and scanned (Ooooo, there’s nothing I like more than a little over the top alliteration). After a couple hours of intrepid searching we found just what we were looking for!

!!!GRAHAM!!!

Now there are I’m sure many Grahams in this world, but this particular Graham has a specific skill set. Something that we at Goodman Morris have been looking for. An exhaustive historic knowledge of his chosen subject. A sense of romance. An investigative and inquisitive mind. Attention to detail. A raft of finely honed restoration techniques coupled with an appreciation of leather, wood and metal patinated by time, use and love. Is your curiosity piqued? Would you like to know what Graham spends hours refurbishing, renovating and restoring? Fiddling and fixing? Buffing and burnishing? (Don’t complain about my writing style – I forewarned you of my alliteration fetish)

Vintage boxes! Wooden writing slopes, mother of pearl inlaid trinket boxes, stud boxes, hat boxes, ligneous and leather boxes of all shapes and sizes. The most exciting for us? The most gorgeous and fantastic vintage jewellery boxes. We have been collecting jewellery boxes for years and have a selection, some cute, some kitsch, some are chic, some are ancient and delicate. Some are for sale and some are not. They are becoming increasingly difficult to find and we are really happy to have a secured a source of beautiful boxes for our shop!

So Dear Reader, if you’re looking for somewhere to stash your bling, store your baubles or even a secret drawer to conceal your billets doux then come a calling to Market Street or hit the website www.goodmanmorris.com. See you soon?

Spicy and Sweet!

December 14th, 2011 Leave a Comment 1

No dear reader! Not our workshop elves but our Christmas window display. If you’d like to re-create some of the yuletide deliciousness gracing our windows at Goodman Morris, please feel free to use our tweaked, tried and tested recipe…

GINGERBREAD DOUGH

3/4 cup of molasses (we’ve used black treacle when molasses are thin on the ground)

3/4 cup of golden caster sugar

2 & 1/2 tablespoons each of ground ginger and ground cinnamon

3/4 cup of unsalted chopped butter (125 grams seems to do it)

1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1 beaten egg

Approx 5 cups of plain flour

Bring the molasses/treacle, sugar, ginger and cinnamon to boil in a large, sturdy pan (your kitchen will instantly smell Christmassy and delicious). Take off the heat, add the bicarbonate of soda, stand back and with an outstretched arm, gingerly stir the mixture and wait for the reaction! Place the chopped butter in a mixing bowl and pour the warm, foamy mixture over the butter. Mix to combine. Beat the egg into the mix and then gradually add the flour until you have a stiff but pliable dough, you’re aiming for a kind of aromatic playdough…

Roll the dough out, cut your shapes and bake in a moderate oven for ten to twenty minutes depending on the size and thickness of the piece. Construct, decorate, stand back and admire your handiwork!

TOP TIPS

OK, our all time top tip is don’t try this without a cake-mixer unless you have biceps of steel and terrier-like tenacity!

Once you’ve acquired the aforementioned mixer and perfected your dough making technique you can make hearts, stars, reindeer and houses, or in fact anything that your biscuit cutter collection or imagination allows you. You can make your own paper house template, or if you’d like ours just mail a request to: info@goodmanmorris.com

When we made our house we rolled the dough onto floured baking parchment and lifted the parchment straight onto the baking trays to cook.

If you want to make coloured, glazed windows you can pulverize (great to relieve any pre-crimbo stress) boiled sweets. Unwrap them, pop them into a sandwich bag and merrily attack with a rolling pin – so satisfying. Sprinkle the resulting powder into cut out window holes. This will melt as the gingerbread cooks and you will have marvellous stained glass windows.

We used a ‘cement’ made from egg white and icing sugar to glue our house together and to stick on sweeties. Take the construction process slowly. Start with a firm foundation – a cake board or plate. The four base walls need to be firmly ‘set’ together before you put the roof on. You can make a slightly more liquid version of the icing for pouring over the roof as snow.

Our final top tip…? Don’t leave the finished item unsupervised in a room full of small children (or indeed hungry jewellers) unless you have a great method for coping with an unexpected sugar rush.

Elevensies…

January 17th, 2011 Leave a Comment 0

Happy New Year!

We’ve enjoyed Christmas, we’ve celebrated the arrival of 2011, we’ve detoxed and even retoxed! Now at Goodman Morris Towers we’re firmly back at the bench, re-energised and ready to go. We’d like to thank all of our fab customers for their enthusiasm and support as we head into this, unbelievably, our tenth year at Market Street! We wouldn’t have made it this far without you all and we hope you’ll come and celebrate what has been an exciting decade with us in August.

Would you like to share our jewellery predictions for 2011? (As quoted in the FT, natch) Read on… We’re counting on three strong trends for 2011…

Layering, layering, layering is first and foremost. We really see this as a continuation of the whole vintage thing. A mixture of chains and pendants. The great thing about this trend is that it’s both personal and sentimental. Each collection will tell it’s own story. What will you wear? Perhaps the initial necklace that you were given by your parents for your twenty first birthday. Maybe the kitsch but cute Eiffel Tower charm you picked up on your first romantic weekend away. Your Grandmother’s pearl? That would be perfect too. Of course if you feel the need to supplement your existing collection with some new pieces we’ve got some fab bits and bobs in store! The brand new, delicate 18ct gold Hand of Fatima and peace pendants, pave set with diamonds from New York designer Mina would look brilliant; along with any of our key or heart pendants. The only difficult part would be choosing!  This trend also works well with stacking bangles and rings. It’s a casual, eclectic and fun look but takes some careful putting together. There’s a fine line between an elegantly, artless appearance and looking like the over enthusiastic consumer of a jewellery jumble sale!

Colour blocking/minimalism is another big story for 2011. Simple yet dramatic tailoring can be lifted out of the ordinary with a few strong ‘hero’ pieces, whether that’s a colourful, structured handbag or a piece of sculptural jewellery. Here at Goodman Morris we are known for our love of huge, sweetie-like gemstones and we spend lots of happy time in our workshop ‘ooohing and ahhhing’ over the latest gems to hit our benches. It’s a bit like a grown up pick and mix. This season our gem collection has come into it’s own. One of the things that we really understand is that a beautiful stone makes a strong statement. With these pieces simplicity is key. Whether you pick vibrant blue topaz, hot pink tourmaline or gorgeous green emeralds you can be assured that it will elevate your latest ensemble to another level!!!

Here’s a quick pic of our blue topaz boulder ring in this month’s She Magazine trend report.

Lastly but not leastly, Seventies lounge wear is going to have a big impact. Think YSL’s eternally classic Le Smoking and Halston’s cocktail maxi dresses. Louche and elegant with a grown up sexiness these pieces are a perfect foil for long, swingy pendants (just wait ’til you see our latest baby, named the ‘Tom Jones’ by the workshop wits – that hits the spot perfectly!) and our old faves, the ever wonderful, always wearable (I wear mine to glam up the house work – honest) cocktail rings.

Hope to see you soon.

Pippi Loves Wish Lists

November 18th, 2010 Leave a Comment 0

Paws for thought Dear Reader, for now is the time to consider ones Christmas wish list. After careful consideration and many weeks of research and development (did you think that I had merely been swanning my way through society during my absence from these pages? No, no, no, for you have been laboring under a misapprehension.)  I have spent many an hour conducting investigative window shopping forays in Brighton. Therefore it is with great pleasure that I share with you a selection of items from ‘A Diminutive Dachshunds Desires for Christmas’

Here I am sporting a rather wonderful champagne diamond and 18ct gold necklace by the talented Natasha Dahlberg. If any of my admirers would like to donate this to the Dachshund cause please feel free to visit www.goodmanmorris.com

Here at Goodman Morris Towers my faithful humans have been hard at work producing new pieces, here’s a little snap of their hot off the press range of sterling silver stacking bangles. Available with hearts, skulls, stars, flowers and birthstone charms. Designed to mix, match and be piled high (obviously that’s only three for me, but maybe a few more for those of you with freakishly long arms) they shimmer and jangle alluringly, perfect for the holiday season and for providing sound effects for jingle bells…

Now Dear Reader, shocking as it may seem there have been unfounded rumours that I am a lapdog of leisure. I beg to differ. Sometimes this particular bitch has to work for her living. I proudly present photographic evidence in my defense below.

Woof, woof!

Christmas comes early….

October 21st, 2010 Leave a Comment 0

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Late nights, burnt fingers, too much coffee and not enough booze. The tap, tap, tap of hammers, the rolling of the mills and the occasional sound of swearing (hard to believe I know, but true). Yup! Christmas has come early to Goodman Morris Towers. Down in the workshop the pressure is on as we race to finish new pieces for the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia. An abundance of new pieces, lots of rose gold, which has been really popular in both the shop and press. We’ve got hearts, hoops, stars and our brand new mini charm bracelet. Watch this space – pics to follow! Here’s some of our now classic, Times New Roman initial pendants in sterling silver at varying stages of production…

Just over a week to go and not only is there stock to make but also our exciting new stand design for the show to complete. We’ve been inspired by some ultra-gorgeous, super-feminine, very, very curvaceous furniture from the lovely girls at The French Bedroom Company (thanks Georgia x). Check out this fab chest of drawers (bad pic, but it’s beauty still shines through!)

Sylvia silver chest of drawers from www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

If you’d like to see the results of our blood, sweat and tears then drop into the shop or swing by our Spirit of Christmas stand (C128) at Olympia, London between the 3rd and 7th of November. We’ll have all our new work as well as some one off ‘show specials’. We’ve three sets of freebie passes for Spirit of Christmas to give away to the first three people who sign up to ‘Privilege’ on www.goodmanmorris.com

Hope to see you!

Blowing the cobwebs away…

September 29th, 2010 Leave a Comment 0

CREEEAAK! Aha! The sound of my laptop being gently prised open. CRAACK! Hmmmm… My aging knuckles warming up for their reunion with the keyboard. Yes Dear Reader, it’s been a while, but rest assured, my fingers will soon be skipping merrily across the board like sprightly little Spring lambs.

After a long and lazy summer there is much news to report from Goodman Morris Towers. Today we are overwrought with excitement, the hoop earrings from our Key Collection have been chosen as Instyle.co.uk Fashion Editors Pick! We are also very excited to confirm that we will be at The Spirit of Christmas fair at Olympia, London from 3rd to 7th November. Please come and visit, we’ll have new collections and some exclusive, one off pieces and lots of our yummy rhubarb and custard flavor rock available for your delectation!

You may have noticed an Autumnal chill in the air and nights drawing in earlier. Here, at Goodman Morris we are clinging on to those last balmy summer feelings with these baby heart hoop earrings newly available in gorgeous, warm rose gold vermeil….

Back to basics!

August 4th, 2010 Leave a Comment 0

Don’t worry Dear Reader, we are not channeling the excitement of John Major nor the the Dirty Girrrl antics of Miss Christina Aguilera. Here at Goodman Morris Towers we have a new manifesto for these testing times. To provide a complete jewellery wardrobe for our discerning and super-stylish clientele. As we perused our shiny shelves we ran through a wishlist. Boho chandelier earrings? Check. Discreet diamond studs? Check. Demure ladylike pearls? Check. Sexy, long swingy pendants? Check. Charm bracelets? Sparkling, precious eternity rings? Sculptural, modern silver pieces? Fabulous cocktail rings? Check, check, check, check!

So far so good. But then…. Simple hoops? Undrestated bangles? Alas, our shelves were bare. What to do? Launch a Back to Basics campaign at once. Here are the fruits of our labor. An uncomplicated collection of classic pieces. Handmade, versatile and gorgeous in a choice of three textures, simple polished, molten metal, or gently hammered. Hoops in three sizes (20, 40 and 60 mm diameter), bangles in three styles (oval, round and stacked) and three metal colours (solid silver, 18ct red gold vermeil and 18ct yellow gold vermeil). In fact the only complex thing is how to mix and match them… Not showy, nor blingy just understated and elegant. These winsome, weighty pieces will soon become the trusty staples of your jewellery collection.

Sterling silver bangle stack with hammered, smooth and molten finish.

Back to basics 20mm molten finish hoops.

These pieces are soooo hot of the bench peg they haven’t even made it onto our website www.goodmanmorris.com if you want to snaffle them fast just call us on 00 44 (0)1273 738784!

Over and out.

Olivia and the key cascade…

June 2nd, 2010 Leave a Comment 0

No, not a new faery story  but a quick pic of the fragrant  Olivia from Push PR looking pert and lovely with the first of our fab new Key Cascade necklaces. Not knowingly understated, this should provide a talking point when out and about… Five different types of chain are combined with an array of cast antique keys to provide texture and movement. No chance of losing your keys with this beauty!

Rusty old keys

May 18th, 2010 Leave a Comment 2

18th May 2010

Rusty old keys.

Exciting times here at our Brighton workshop as we put the finishing touches to our latest range. Polished, priced and ready to go, our Key Collection is based upon a whole bunch of rusty antique keys that we found being sold by a crazy but charming, guitar playing guy in Nice antiques market. Their lovely shapes, hidden details and interesting textures have inspired a sentimental and romantic collection of necklaces, brooches and charm bracelets. Produced in solid sterling silver, oxidized and polished pieces are highlighted with cabochon moonstones and chain details. Above is an image of the original keys, below is the first key pendant prototype. Pics of finished pieces will follow!

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