Working from her home studio just outside Belfast, Abbie has been designing and making jewellery for over 15 years. She has completed various courses in silversmithing techniques but is mostly self-taught.
“My inspiration comes from nature always. I am especially interested in textures, patterns and natural formations. My work explores my love of forest and woodland, where I am intrigued by the unconventional beauty of gnarled branches and the curious little growths of lichen and fungi.”
All her jewellery pieces begin with a hand-sculpted master model. She loves making models and uses a variety of techniques to achieve the shapes and textures she desires.
Her jewellery collection has an organic and semi abstract quality. She experiments with many processes and materials to create her jewellery compositions. These little sculptures are handcrafted in jewellers wax, and cast in precious metal by the lost wax technique. They become wearable pieces using traditional silversmithing, and some are set with natural gemstones.
“I love things as they naturally occur, raw, wild and unprocessed. Plants and how they grow have fascinated me from an early age and I particularly love the small scale details and transient moments.”
Shop Abbie Dixon’s full collection, online and instore.
Molten Ring Silver
A striking, textural ring inspired by the natural, metal formations that occur within the earth.
Mitsuro Ribbon Neckpiece
This neckpiece has been created using the ancient Japanese technique of Mitsuro Hikime. Warm wax is quickly pulled and stretched to form the characteristic striations, before being cast in silver, by the lost wax method.
Wild Woods Ring Grey Diamond
A silver twig ring with little “growths”.
Set with a sparkly, rose cut, raw grey diamond. This diamond has beautiful visible inclusions in grey. Often called raw or rustic diamonds.