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Handprint Footprint Fingerprint Jewellery

handprint, footprint and fingerprint jewellery

Added: 3rd November 2015

A family run business, professionally trained at the Craft Ecademy, and awarded Accredited Member status at The Keepsake Guild meaning our work is certified, for quality of workmanship. Level 1 and level 2 Artclay qualified and an Accredited Trainer for the Craft Ecademy, we also offer training courses to show other mums how they can also start their own keepsake business and still run a busy family.

We have a busy studio in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Appointments can be made for me to take prints for you. Making the process really easy. I handcraft the jewellery on site and your finished gift is usually ready in 2 weeks, depending on the time of year.

You can also request a home kit, send your design by e-mail or see come to see us at one of our events. More and more people are placing orders with us after seeing what we have done for other people, word of mouth has been integral to the growth of the business.

The English Charm Company create beautiful bespoke jewellery designed to be cherished for years and worn daily. Typically we work with handprints, footprints, fingerprints, children’s drawings, handwriting and pet prints, but most things can be achieved so do get it touch. To find out more, head to the home page.

 

Handprint Footprint Fingerprint Jewellery

buy handprint and footprint jewellery online

Added: 23rd October 2015

We all like something we can treasure, whether it’s a family heirloom, or a personalised gift given in celebration of a special occasion or achievement. Jewellery doesn’t need an occasion, especially handmade jewellery. When “handmade”, no one charm or bracelet or bangle is the same as the next, so you have something that’s uniquely yours to own.

The very definition of ‘keepsake’ is an item of jewellery which has been hand-crafted and made specifically for you or someone close to you which reminds that person of a particular event or moment in time. Perhaps there’s a particular moment or memory you’d like to remember always? Why not capture that moment in a charm?

It is here at the English Charm Company, where keepsakes are made; where cufflinks, key rings, silver charms for bracelets, necklaces and other gifts are crafted for each individual customer. You might want your child’s artwork to be included on a silver charm? Or perhaps you’d like a handprint, a fingerprint, a paw print or an image transferred onto a charm?

Whatever your specific requirements, each item is personalised to meet those requirements, so that you’re left with something which is completely personal and bespoke; a unique keepsake which is yours and yours alone.

 

All Our Own Crafts

autumn keepsake newsletter

Added: 16th October 2015

Welcome to our Autumn Festive Newsletter. All Our Own Crafts, Festival Place re-opens plus Christmas offers. Sign up to our newsletter online for festive updates.

All Our Own Crafts is open once again in time for Chistmas. We are situated in the old Tiger shop, by the entrance from Wote Street, and have many new crafters on board and new product ideas to tempt you. I will be in store every Wednesday to help you with any questions you may have for The English Charm Co.

Sign up to The English Charm Co. newsletter for festive updates. Please allow 2 weeks leadtime, last Christmas orders Monday 7th December 2015. http://www.theenglishcharmco.co.uk

Full newsletter here

Handprint Footprint Fingerprint Jewellery

review handprint footprint jewellery by what's good to do

Added: 8th September 2015

Reviewed by Debbie Talbot

I have wanted to get hand or footprint charms made of my twins hand or footprints ever since they were born. I was therefore delighted to come across The English Charm Co.

The lady I dealt with was so helpful, taking me through my options. Once I had decided on what I wanted and my order placed I was sent an impression kit containing inkless wipes and special paper which captures the prints. I then emailed them across to the company. I took 2 sets of prints while my wriggly boys were sleeping. I was advised that their handprints would work better as charms and so I opted for their handprints with their name on the front of a heart shaped silver charm and their date of birth on the back.

It seemed no time at all (around a week or so) before the lovely lady was back in touch telling me that my order was ready to send out.  I was so excited that I was delighted to receive pictures of the charms taken before they were posted.

Links

http://www.whatsgoodtodo.co.uk/the-english-charm-co-personalised-handprint-charm-review/

Mumpreneur 100 Winner

july/aug keepsake newsletter

Added: 23rd July 2015

An amazing summer off with the kids, lovely holidays and a relaxing time away. I have still been busy though here is my July/August Newsletter, exciting award news and a new product range.

Mumpreneur UK Winner

One of the top 100 Mumpreneurs in the UK 2015. I was so pleased to find an email in my inbox last Thursday, telling me I had been selected from thousands of entries to become one of the top 100 Mumpreneurs in the UK for 2015. It certainly brightened up an already very sunny day. My daughter was the first to congratulate me, as my no.1 fan bless her. Award ceremony will be held on 14th November 2015 in Warwickshire.

Wooden Keepsake with Image Transfer

I now have a new range of handmade beautiful vintage style wooden plaques, wall hangings and memory boxes. They capture photographs, handprints and footprints, they can also include names and DOB. The prints can be in any colour. The photographs work best in black and white but I can pull out some colour to highlight something specific in the picture, as I have done in these photographs.

 

Bambino Goodies

june keepsake newsletter

Added: 18th June 2015

Well, the weather has been amazing this week, now it is time to enjoy some of it with the kids, can’t wait. As we wrap up a busy June after Father’s Day.

ALL OUR OWN CRAFTS

The team and Festival Place have been really pleased with the success of the All Our Own Crafts shop in Festival place, they have given us another shop until mid August. We can now be found opposite Starbucks on the upper ground floor. We have lots of new products and new crafts too. We are in a great location which is nice and bright and open plan. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with new crafts, workshops and new products

REVIEW FROM BAMBINO GOODIES

The English Charm Co. doodles keepsakes have been featured on the fabulous Bambino Goodies product must have’s. Bambino Goodies have been taking the legwork out of tracking down cool buys for under sevens and their families for over seven years and have tempted hundreds of thousands of people with their finds, as well as providing oodles of inspiration. They are passionate about family living, design, style and showing support to independent retailers, designers and brands. They connect their loyal and ever-growing band of followers with well-designed, stylish, practical, playful, and often ethical, buys as well highlighting fun things to do, places to go, things to make and inspiring family living ideas.

http://www.bambinogoodies.co.uk/five-fab-ways-to-preserve-childrens-artworks/

NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH

I am pleased to announce a new product line. A photograph of your loved one or pet handcrafted into fine silver. All you need to do is scan a copy of the photograph and send to me at hello@theenglishcharmco.co.uk Prices start from £55 for a bracelet charm. They can also fit on a Pandora or Thomas Sabo style bracelet with an additional attachment for £10 visit https://www.theenglishcharmco.co.uk/webshop/silver-charms for more info.

Links

http://conta.cc/1HvAYBh

Accredited trainer

may keepsake news

Added: 15th May 2015

Welcome to my May Newsletter. This is now going to be a regular newsletter to all my lovely customers. I will be telling you about what I have been up to, events and pop up shops I will be attending, new products and special promotions especially for you.

ALL OUR OWN CRAFTS

Last October Festival Place Shopping Centre in Basingstoke decided to trial a new idea coming up to Christmas. Kate and Tracy are the brains behind it and they organised some of the best local crafters in the area to be involved, they were limited to 25 at the time due to the size of the shop available. It proved to be such a success and a unique and interesting concept that they have been asked to come back. The English Charm Co. are lucky enough to share in their continued success of “All Our Own Crafts”. Above is a selection of the lovely items you can find in the shop, but there are loads more. Like us on Facebook

 

AWARD WINNER!

The English Charm Co. has also been awarded a Silver Award by Bizzie Baby for our keepsake products. Bizziebaby Awards are Voted by you, parents. Bizziebaby! A website designed intentionally for all you mums and dads looking for the best, in-depth product reviews online, a website where what you say, goes. The reviews of the English Charm Co. cover all aspects of the products and service from beginning to finished piece of jewellery and packaging. There is no stone unturned. visit http://www.bizziebaby.co.uk/bizziebabies_products_more.asp? ProdID=5237&CatType=8gifts to see the reviews and what real mums said about The English Charm Co.

ACCREDITED MEMBER OF THE KEEPSAKE GUILD

In addition to the Bizzie Baby Silver Award, I am so pleased to have been awarded the prestigious accredited Guild Member Status by the Keepsake Guild. What does this mean? My work has been independently assessed by the Guild and passed a very strict criteria to give you peace of mind. You have an assurance of quality when you purchase any items of jewellery from me.

Hallmarking All of my charms are 99.9% pure silver and jewellery findings such as chains and bracelets are 925 sterling silver. If a piece of jewellery weighs over 7.78g we send it away to the Assay Office to be independently reviewed and hallmarked including our own unique sponsor mark, which provides traceability to the English Charm Co. This is a compulsory part and a legal requirement of every hallmark struck. This is also a requirement for Accredited Guild Membership. Find out more about hallmarking here

Bizzie Baby Silver Award Logo

reviews by bizzie baby testers

Added: 5th May 2015

Lesley Awarded The Pendant charm with child’s hand print & Foot print 4.7/5

Lovely pendant, great quality. The packaging is very elegant and reflects the quality of the pendant beautifully. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. Excellent quality, the sterling silver displays the hand print very well. The service, instructions and delivery of the pendant was excellent, the packaging is lovely. This is something to offer someone as a special gift, not something to buy myself. I would consider buying a gift like this for my mother/mother-in-law for a special occasion. It’s a nice thing to have as a memento of when a child was small. The necklace pendant was just a little too big for my taste. As I don’t wear bracelets I chose the necklace pendant but may have been happier with the bracelet size pendant for my necklace.The service from The English Charm Company was great though. The English Charm Company delivered a great service for a fantastic product. The quality of the product cannot be faulted. The presentation box was beyond my expectations and matched the quality of the charm inside. Lovely gift for someone special. Lesley Buick – Fraser 10 Months

Rachel Awarded The Pendant charm with child’s hand print & Foot print 4.3/5

Very happy with the item – lovely as an item for yourself or a gift. Beautiful. Presented very well in a black box with blue ribbon. Easy to understand instructions. It was hard to take the hand and foot impression from a fidgety one year old. Would be far easier with a much younger baby who wasn’t so keen on moving everywhere! Excellent final product. I would happily pay £40 for the pendant alone as the quality and presentation is excellent. I would recommend this as lovely gift. Overall, very happy. I just think a second sheet of paper might be helpful if taking a print from a baby on the move! Rachel Dicks – Grace 1 Year

Yasmin Awarded The Pendant charm with child’s hand print & Foot print 4.5/5

It looked very well made and I was very pleased. The box was lined with an identical picture of my daughter’s handprint which was a very personal touch. It was well presented and even included a cleaning cloth to care for the charm. The instructions were basic and I was able to follow them. It appears to be of good quality and will last a long time. The handprint although small has fitted onto the charm well and my daughter’s name is written alongside the print which gives it that extra special look. The cost is about what I would expect for a personalised product of this nature. I would be happy purchasing this type of product as it is a special memento and something that captures your little ones handprint forever. It is good quality and I would recommend as a special gift/memento. Overall it is a lovely special product and something that would be an ideal gift for a new mum. The lady that works at the company was good at keeping in touch with me to ensure that the product was what I wanted. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it looked and I am very pleased with the charm as it is something I will wear for a long time.Yasmin Sked – Caitlin 10 Months

http://www.bizziebaby.co.uk/bizziebabies_products_more.asp?ProdID=5237&CatType=8gifts

 

Country Child

country child magazine feature

Added: 9th April 2015

The English Charm Co. has been featured in Country and Child Magazine which covers Hampshire and Wiltchire.

What a lovely opportunity it was to be chosen to feature in the Homecrafts pages of the glossy Country Child magazine.

The local magazine aspects of family life from health and beauty to your journey from bump to baby.

They featured our popular mens Bolo Leather Bracelet with fingerprint charm.

 

Mumpreneur Magazine

Mumpreneur Magazine Feature

Added: 1st March 2015

The English Charm Co. featured in the Spring edition of Mumpreneur Magazine. In the article I talked about how I started my business and the different stages including the obstacles along the way, whilst still being a mum and bringing up a young family.

I started my business after my second child went to school full time. It was a tough decision to know what to do. Too often I have the same conversation with mums about how to get back into a role which is financially viable and is something you really love.

I took the decision to leave the corporate world when I had my second child. I did do some freelance work, but I wanted something for me, something I could really put my own stamp on and have complete control of.

My background in Product Development and Marketing has also given me a solid platform, from which I have built and continue to build my own business.

I trained with the Craft Ecademy and I am a member of the Keepsake Guild, adhering to a code of practice and quality.  I wanted to ensure I provide quality products and run a professionally managed business.

I now have an amazing website, with an estore so people can buy online.

Social media has played an important role in getting my business known with a recognisable online presence. Facebook and Twitter are my main platforms currently, but this will also include Instagram and Pinterest this year as my products are very visual and great to showcase products.  I also have presence in local stores, and my business also operates through a direct sales channel at regional events.

Experiences along the way have made be stronger and I know that any pitfalls I come across, allow me to learn from my mistakes and keep going. When you run your own business you realise that you have to manage every aspect from accounts, to marketing, invoicing and actually making the finished goods.

I do love what I do and woudn’t change it for the world.

Rock and Roll Pussycat

Blogger Review of The English Charm Co.

Added: 16th December 2014

My favourite type of gift has to be a something that I can keep forever and look back on, remembering the time I received it, what was happening in my life and reasons behind it. I’m quite a sentimental soul.

Since the birth of the little man I’ve become a little obsessed with collecting keepsakes and mementos from his early days and months, so much so, I already have a rather large box filled with ‘things’ to keep. Whilst it’s nice to keep things its not always practical so I was rather excited when I was given the opportunity of reviewing a beautiful piece of keepsake jewellery from The English Charm Company.

The English Charm Company is ran by the lovely Natasha who is based in Hampshire. Natasha designs and creates beautiful handmade keepsake jewellery which is perfect to give as a gift or receive.

Natasha offers a range of products including hand prints, finger prints, footprints or a child’s drawing, all printed forever onto 99.9% pure silver. Each item purchased is sent in an elegant box with a beautifully tired ribbon, silver polishing cloth and care instructions.

After much deliberation and website viewing I opted for the Personalised heart shaped single charm*, a gorgeous charm suitable to affix to a bracelet or keyring.

What’s really clever about The English Charm Company is everything can be ordered and created online or through the post, there’s no need to visit Natasha in person.

To create our charm we were sent an impression kit through the post. The impression kit consists of two pots of coloured clay/putty which must be mixed together and rolled into a ball.

The ball is what will hold the finger print of your little person, ready for it to be created into a piece of keepsake jewellery.

I did need assistance getting the little mans finger print onto the ball as he was intent on trying to squash it or eat it! You do need to be quite quick when trying to get the fingerprint as the putty does start to dry quite quickly. When we finally managed, we left it to dry for a little while before parcelling it back up to send back to Natasha to create something pretty. You can read more about the process of how a piece of jewllery is created here.

Around a week after I’d sent off the finger prints a little beautifully wrapped little box arrived on my doorstep.

When I’d unwrapped the pretty little gift box I was greeted with a gorgeous heart shaped charm with the imprint of my little mans finger!

The charm is quite large, much larger than I’d expected. It has a chunky look which I really like. I’m not really a fan of delicate jewellery so a thick, chunkier style of charm is much more suitable for me.

The heart shaped charm costs a very reasonable £45. Natasha has a range of products for all budgets on her website which you can check out here. I love the idea of a permanent keepsake made from forever lasting silver.

Check out the The English Charm Company on Facebook as there’s a chance to win a £50 voucher!

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