Josephine Tournebize Jewellery is has been based at the Red House Cone Glass Museum in Stourbridge Since 2015. She of course makes jewellery herself but she also runs jewellery-making workshops. Couples come to her to make their own wedding rings with her. She will be exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on 10th March and she will be giving a talk there on the value of making your own wedding rings, and how she can help you to do it. If you’re thinking of coming to the fair to listen to her, then you should buy your tickets in advance, that way you can be sure of preferential entrance to her talk.
Please tell us a little about what you do.
We celebrate your jewellery every step of the way with the highest quality services and professional care it deserves. You are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome and helpful advice directly by the experienced and skilled in-house jeweller in our fully equipped workshop.
We specialise in :
–Personalised Jewellery Transformation
( including : remodelling, alteration, repairs, and more.)
( including : wedding rings set, gifts, anniversary, etc.)
– Jewellery Making Experiences such as day introduction courses and private wedding and special occasion customised sessions.
Please tell us more about your background.
The Business owner is French native, Josephine Tournebize from Paris who came to England in 2011 to study an Extended Diploma Level 3 in Art and Design Craft at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. There, she learned how to design and produce handcrafted jewellery pieces using traditional techniques and graduated with triple distinctions in 2013. While still at University, Josephine was very interested in learning more about the longevity of a design and develop technical skills. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a bench jeweller for a local family jewellery repair business. The very valuable experience she had, stretched and develop her knowledge and practical skills further.
All together with university and employment, she showed eclectic knowledge to inform her design, practical and professional techniques, skills and built experience. Josephine’s passion for jewellery and social cohesion lead her toward the pass of teaching. This amazing experience has given her the chance to understand that jewellery making is more than just a craft. It is an opportunity to express oneself, build confidence, develop social skills and so much more. It can also be perceived as an alternative to speaking therapy. She created Josephine Tournebize Jewellery in 2015, to offer and share all her experiences combined in one place of business.
Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
The couple was interested in making their own wedding rings. We started with a personalised consultation to discuss designs, materials and finger sizes. Once we had all the main details, we were able to give a selection of diamonds for the couple to choose from and to match with the engagement ring. We give a bottle of fizz to all our couples on the day of their wedding workshop which they can enjoy at a later date. It only took one morning for the couple to make their rings in 9ct white gold. The rings had to go to the Assay office for hallmarking and we had our stone setter to expertly set the diamonds on both rings for them. To finish, the rings were engraved and dipped in rhodium plating ready to sparkle on the big day. Even though the couple didn’t have any experience in jewellery making, they were able to have a particularly unique experience and professional looking wedding rings.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
Small weddings are very special as they are all about celebrating the love between the couple and sharing it with everyone they care most about. Throughout the preparation to the big day, the couple is involved together and they give extra care to try having it handmade by themselves or by commissioning local artisan. Therefore most small weddings have the quality to focus on quality rather than quantity.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?
The wedding rings are often one of the primary elements the couple would organise when planning they small wedding. This is probably because they see the wedding rings as something that will last forever rather that focusing on showcasing the big day itself.
When comes to small wedding, the couple often wants to be more involved in the preparations and intend to be interested in making they own wedding rings with us or have us to design and handcraft them for them.
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
I think I would like to work on my own wedding one day. I would like it to be by the sea or in an old forest. This would happen either in England and/or France. Probably not in a church but maybe involving a hand-binding ceremony. The reception might happen in an old barn with some fields arounds so guest can camp out and have no travelling to do on the night. We would obviously make our own wedding rings together.
What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?
My business is more than a jewellery shop. With my experience as designer, goldsmith and tutor, my customer experience all the services in one place of business. Therefore, when planning a small wedding, the couple can be doing the wedding workshop and yet have the engagement ring resized or polished at the same time. This helps couples to receive the best advice and care for they jewellery all at once.
Check out Josephine’s website for more information about what she does. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook. If you’re thinking of coming along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 10th March to her here talk then you can follow our event on Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list to stay updated. Preferential entry will be given to talks to those who have bought tickets in advance, so get your tickets now to save 50% off the price we’ll charge on the day. If you want to stay updated with the Tiny Weddings Fair, follow us on Instagram or on Facebook, or sign up to the mailing list.