International Women's Day


International Women's Day

March 8th 2018

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated globally and acknowledges the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. This year's campaign theme is #PressforProgress which you can read more about and get involved in here. (Or use the widget on the right.)

Last year I introduced the Venus Pin, a handcrafted silver pin in the shape of the female venus symbol, to celebrate IWD and raise money for Women’s Aid. Women’s Aid works to empower women who have been affected by domestic abuse and aim to help women live an independent life, free from fear.Through sales of the pin I raised just  £100 for Women’s Aid. This support enables Women's Aid to get help to more women and children facing abuse, ensuring survivors get the support they need. You can find out more about Women’s Aid here.

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After a few requests and a little Instagram poll I’ve decided to bring the pins back this March! The pins are available online and you have the option of a silver or oxidised finish. This year I will be donating 10% from each sale to Dundee International Women’s Centre. The pins are available for a limited time only, until the end of March.

Dundee International Women’s Centre (DIWC) began as a voluntary group of women who visited immigrant families, offering them helping integrating into the community, particularly by teaching English. The centre was set up as part of an Urban Aid Programme in 1969. Today DIWC works in partnership with many organisations to promote the personal development of woman and aims to engage, educate and empower the women they work with.

DIWC provides educational, recreational and social activities as well as employment training to women from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The centre has created over 6000 learning opportunities and have helped over 10,000 women build a better life by helping them achieve their personal goals and gain confidence, life skills, education and employability skills.

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The money raised will help women and girls achieve their personal goals, reach their full potential and prosper in their community. To find out more about how DIWC helps women take a look at their case studies here.










The Venus pins will be £25 each you can get yours here. 10% from each sale will be donated to Dundee International Women’s Centre.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide


Valentine's Gift Ideas

for her | for him | for you


Are you a lover or a hater of Valentine’s day? I like the idea of doing something extra special for your significant other, gal pals, or yourself but am not a fan of tacky cards and soft toys (the chocolate I will take though!) If you are planning on buying a gift for Valentine’s day, my advice is to make sure it is something the other person will use, wear or eat! If you are planning to treat loved ones to some jewellery this year (for Valentine’s day or any other day of the year) I have some inspiration especially for you….


Share the love this Valentine’s day with a Kirsten Manzi Jewellery necklace and earring gift sets all at £90. These elegant sets all feature a pair my BALANCE  Earrings No1 and one of the minimal BALANCE Necklaces. 



Treat her (or yourself) to a firm favourite from the
B A L A N C E collection: the elegant, statement drop earrings.



Treat the dapper man (or lady) in your life to a handcrafted pair of silver cufflinks. I have a small collection available ranging from textured squares and bold, geometric curves. The Fragment Cufflinks can be customised with initials, get in touch if you’d like a personalised piece. 



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Is your other half a lover of rings? The Fragment rings make the ideal gift alone or paired together to create bold stacks. Each ring is hand textured to create subtle patterns making each one unique. If you’re celebrating “Galantine’s Day” opt for friendship rings and gift your nearest and dearest a Skinny Fragment Ring.  



The Fragment Earrings are simple, understated and perfect for everyday wear.




The perfect gift, beautifully packaged and handwritten with your chosen message. 


Or..... if you'd rather not spend lots of money, enjoy a homemade meal and movie night at home, head out to a local museum or gallery or indulge in a little at home spa! Whatever you are doing and whatever your relationship status this Valentine's day, I hope you have a lovely one! 

What to Expect at a Beginners Jewellery Class


Workshops | Beginners Jewellery

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This year I am venturing into somewhat new territory and running a few of my own jewellery workshops, taster sessions and weekly classes.This blog is a little intro to the workshop to let you know what to expect.

Before each class I’ll send you an email with details of the techniques we’ll be learning and a few jewellers to look to for some inspiration. The first two weeks will be techniques based. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have any jewellery making experience to take part! I’ll introduce you to the tools you will need and I’ll be teaching you the basic skills and techniques you’ll need to make your own pieces of jewellery. All tools, base metal and a small amount of silver, sketchbook and handouts are included in the class, so you don’t need to bring anything either!

During the first week of the weekly classes (usually a 5 week block), we’ll cover saw piercing, hammering, texturing and shaping. You’ll learn how to correctly use a jeweller's saw and will be able to saw pierce a variety of shapes as well as intricate details. Using different hammers and punches I’ll show you how to create interesting and unique textures and patterns on metal, we’ll also go over creating different finishes using emery paper, steel wool and scotch - brite mops. I’ll also show you how to bend, shape and form metal to create curved shapes such as bangles and rings as well as sharp geometric shapes.

Week 2 will be all about cold connections, soldering and finishing. I’ll talk you through soldering, showing you how to solder findings and details onto your jewellery pieces as well as how to solder elements together. We’ll also cover riveting which will allow you to connect elements without soldering. Finally, I’ll take you through the basic steps of finishing your jewellery using emery paper and polishing cloths.

Jewellery Making

For the last 3 weeks you will be free to experiment and use the techniques you've learned to design and make your own jewellery pieces. I’ll talk you through the design process and will be on hand to help you bring your ideas to life! By the end of the class, you’ll have your own finished, handmade jewellery pieces to take home and will leave armed with the skills, knowledge and techniques to get started making at home if you chose to!

During the shorter classes and taster sessions I'll touch upon all of the above in less detail and you'll leave with one piece of finished jewellery. 

To find out more and be the first to hear about classes sign up to my Classes mailing list here or get in touch!

Happy new year


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It’s nice to be back after a little festive break, although I haven’t quite settled into a routine just yet! Have you set any goals or resolutions for 2018? I’m not sure I believe in resolutions, I always end up setting unrealistic challenges that I don’t or won’t stick to, then come February I have failed almost every one. There are some things I’d like to achieve this year though, like exercise and read more, learn a language, get up earlier, and I have lots of things up my sleeve for Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design too! 

After some big changes in  2017, I've learned that things do not go to plan. I've learned the importance of being open to and embracing change as well as following my gut (and winging it a fair amount). If someone told me las year that by the end of 2017 I'd have bought a flat, lost my job and become full time self employed, I'd probably be terrified at the prospect but still wouldn't have believed them. So this year, I'm planning on dropping the unrealistic resolutions and will be going with the flow, embracing change along the way. I'm going to try and create the life I want and grow my business by setting small, regular habits and goals rather than trying to change lots of big things in January.  I'm hoping this will help me stay on track throughout the year. This month I’m looking forward to knuckling down and making some small changes to my business, working on more commissions and teaching myself some new skills. I’m also preparing for teaching my first beginners jewellery class which will be starting Thursday 8th February.  There are still some spaces available. If you are looking to try something new you can book your place here.


Although this January is a bit busier than usual I am still managing to ease back into things and thanks to an amazing Christmas gift, will be jetting off to Italy for a week too! We’re heading to Bologna, any recommendations are very welcome.

I hope you had a wonderful winter break and are having a lovely January so far.


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Christmas Market Guide


Where to find Kirsten Manzi Jewellery This Christmas

It’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air, the Christmas ads are on TV, songs are on the radio and we all try to forget that it’s December this weekend! If you’re anything like me, you’ll already be thinking about what to give your family and friends this year and adding festive events to your calendar for the next month.

I love a good festive market. There’s nothing better to get you in a festive mood than soaking up the yuletide atmosphere with a hot drink in hand, while you browse handmade gifts in a beautiful setting. As a jeweller, taking part in festive markets is a great way to spend a weekend out of the workshop. It’s always lovely seeing friendly faces, chatting to other makers and it's a fantastic opportunity to actually meet and talk to customers.
To help make your shopping a bit easier, I've put together a guide to all of the markets and pop-ups I’ll be taking part in this year, as well as my top picks for each one. Come along and say hello if you can!


Tea Green Pop Up Boutique
The Stables at Taypark House, Dundee
Thursday 30th November 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday 1st December - Sunday 24th December 10 am - 5 pm

Kirsten Manzi Jeweller’s first festive event of the year is Tea Green Events unique pop-up boutique, at the stunning Taypark House in Dundee’s West End. Taypark House is a unique historical building and one of Dundee’s breathtaking baronial mansions, with spectacular views across the River Tay. Tea Green will be taking over the gorgeous Stables, which has been recently renovated to be a truly unique and stunning space beside the mansion.

This boutique will open on the 30th of November with an evening of live music, food and drink, free tastings & of course shopping. There will then be a similar, special evening shopping events every Thursday until Christmas and the pop-up boutique will be open every day from 10 am - 5 pm until December 24th!

My Top Picks

Dundee Contemporary Arts
Saturday 2nd December 12pm - 5pm

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Dundee Contemporary Arts' (DCA) CRAFTED Christmas Market returns on Saturday 2nd December at DCA with a fantastic lineup of contemporary craft and design exhibitors. My BALANCE collection will be available to buy at the market, however, I won’t be there on the day (I’ll be in Glasgow). My lovely friend Paula, will be looking after my stall and be on hand to help you find the perfect gift! Find out more about the artist’s who’ll be there in this blog,

The DCA is a hub for art and culture in Dundee, with its program of exhibitions, fantastic classes, cinema, bar and restaurant. Why not spend a morning or afternoon doing a bit of Christmas shopping and checking out the current exhibition, before relaxing in the bar or going to see a film. There is a great selection of films on throughout December, take a look at the Cinema Guide here.  That’s your Saturday sorted!

My Top Picks

I.D Pop - Up Store
The LightHouse, Glasgow
Saturday 2nd December 10:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 3rd December     11am - 4:45pm

Coming together with Granny Would Be Proud; the I.D store presents you with a new way of shopping local and supporting independent businesses. The 6 floors in this historical building will be filled with brilliant artists, designers and makers creating a unique Pop - Up shop throughout the whole building. I'll be there with my new B A L A N C E  Collection, in the jewellery department! 

The Lighthouse, situated in Mitchell Lane, just off the Style Mile in the heart of Glasgow, is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It now acts as a beacon for Scotland’s creative industries. Spend your Saturday or Sunday browsing the 6 floors of unique gifts and while you’re there visit the Lighthouse exhibitions and the Mackintosh centre!

My Top Picks

Tea Green Pop Up
Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Sunday 10th December



Taking place at the tranquil and beautiful Kibble Palace in Glasgow Botanic Garden’s Tea Green’s festive market is open both Saturday 9th  and Sunday 10th December.

Kibble Palace is a spectacular 19th-century wrought iron framed glasshouse which opened in Glasgow in 1873.  Then its interior was lit by 600 gas lamps which could be coloured for effect!  It was initially used as an exhibition and concert venue, before being used for growing plants from the 1880s. Now, the building houses a large collection of orchids, carnivorous plants and tree ferns.

I’ll be there on Sunday 10th with a stall full of handmade silver jewellery for you to browse, try on and buy. There’s a jaw-dropping line up of artists, designers and makers over both days! Come along and enjoy a whole weekend of relaxed festive shopping surrounded by fabulous plants, in a stunning setting!

My Top Picks

A Litte Note On Rest 



It’s a busy time of year, that’s for sure–the fun sort of busy, usually. But with that fun frenzy comes a pile of to-do’s, a mountain of stress, all the daily pressures that build up, little by little, until one day you realize there’s a pit of worry in your stomach. There’s a knot tangled with all the things that unsettle you. And you see that somewhere, in the midst of it all, you forgot to breathe.

You think: No wonder they tell us to stop and smell the roses.
— –Little Things and Curiosities

Working for yourself, running your own business, being your own boss? It's great, isn't it? You're passionate about what you do and your job is extremely rewarding BUT it can be hard to switch off and make time for yourself, or even take time off when you need a break.  Especially at this time of year.
So these 3 tips are for anyone who has ever felt like they have no time, their to-do list is never ending and they are for me as I need to take my own advice too!

Schedule personal time into your week as well as any business or work-related thing and plan your week, every week, before the week begins.
Make sure those business or work-related things add value to what you are doing, focus on your big goals and important things first. This includes your personal life. Spending more time with family, exercising, having a date night or chilling in the bath with a book and glass of wine,  if it's important to you, get it in your Calendar and DO IT!  Create a routine that gives you some "me time" every single day.  This week's seminar at Acorn Enterprise, by Brian Macauley touched upon this. It was all about productivity and self-management and has me rethinking how I plan and prioritise my to-do list for the week.

If like me you work from home, you can get cabin fever as some days you don't need to leave the house. But try to make time to go outside, start or end your day with a stroll around your neighbourhood or take a break at lunchtime. Walking is great for your brain and body, it is a great way to get a little boost halfway through the day.

Nowadays, people like to brag about how busy they are and often take on more than they can feasibly manage, people feel like they should say yes to everything! As an entrepreneur, you'll have an endless stream of emails, people looking to meet up with or a list of little things that need to be done ,that maybe aren't that important. Say no to 90% of this. Say no to anything that is a distraction from your business and personal goals. If you are worried about offending someone, redirect them to another solution. If something can be answered with a quick phone-call or email rather than meeting, do that instead. Add an FAQ section to your website or refer people to blogs that answer their questions.  If something crops up that eats into your me time or the time you spend with loved ones, put it off if you can, schedule it into the next week, unless it is REALLY SUPER important. Here is a fantastic article on the power of saying no.

Stop focusing on all the things you should be doing, take some time out this week just for you and have a little breather. Most of the time (depending on your work) it's not life or death, things can wait and people are understanding, so give yourself a break. Have a little rest. You'll feel much better for it.




Shop Small This Christmas


I’m going to ease you all into the whole “Christmas” thing with a little blog about shopping small and local at this time of year. It can be so easy to only go to all of your usual large retail shops when Christmas shopping, or if you can’t deal with tackling the shops, grabbing your laptop and a cuppa and shopping online with big name online stores and there's nothing wrong with that. However I am going to challenge you all to try something a little different this year by shopping small and/or local, even if it's only for a few gifts.  There is nothing like finding the perfect gift for someone, something that will bring them happiness for years, something they didn't even know they wanted. This year enhance your gift buying with soulful shopping and meaningful purchases from some small independent brands, makers and designers....


Step out of the shopping centres and get to know your local community this year. Explore some of the smaller independent shops in your local area. Small shop owners know that the items we surround ourself with can be a source of joy and they stock their shops with items that do just that. You'll be sure to find unusual, quirky gifts that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else on the high street, making it easy to find the ideal gift that you know the recipient won't already have. Independent shops also have their own personality and atmosphere. Rather than feeling busy and hectic they have a more laid back vibe, making you feel a bit more relaxed in the midst of frantic festivities. 

Evidence from numerous surveys shows that people receive better customer care and service in local shops. These shops survive through recommendations and repeat visits so they will want to give you the best possible service. Independent retailers are passionate about what they do, they KNOW their shop and their products, it is likely that the have personally made, designed or handpicked the lovely gift you are about to buy. So if you have a question or aren't sure about something, they will be more than happy to help you with their knowledge and expertise, often going above and beyond. Great service, often with a personal touch means less stress for you! 

If you are in Dundee make sure you check out Dock Street Studios, Quirky CooIndigo HouseBella and Pretty Fly Workshop (for unique gifts, accessories, homeware and handmade items), J.A Braithwaite (for coffee lovers), Abandon Ship, MC Boutique,  Cartocon, Haylay Scanlan, M Boutique (for clothing and accessories) as well as Grouchos, Assai and This Way Up (for the music and book lovers).

and head to these stockists to shop Kirsten Manzi Jewellery in person. (Keep an eye out for new stockists coming soon!)

Whether you're searching for a last-minute decoration or desperately seeking inspiration for your gift buying, local christmas markets and pop-up shops will have you covered!  Forget getting stressed while traipsing through the same old shops, head to a market or pop-up, grab yourself a mulled wine and opt for something a little more laid back. These kind of shopping events offer a unique experience to buy directly from a variety of independent makers and designers.  Meaning you can meet and talk to the actual person who made the gifts you are going to buy! Makers and designers put HOURS of work, love, care and craftsmanship to ensure you receive beautiful high quality pieces that you won't find anywhere else. The meaningful purchase of a handmade gift can enhance the gift giving experience. Imagine waking up on christmas morning and being able to tell a little story about meeting and talking to the makers who personally designed and made the gifts your friends and family are opening.

You may also be surprised by what you can find at the markets; giving you new ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. Buying from independent makers often means you can get things customised, maybe add initials to a pair of cufflinks or commission a design using your loved one's favourite colours. 
You’ll end up with gifts that can’t be found elsewhere and I guarantee your friends and family will be impressed.

You can find Kirsten Manzi Jewellery as well as a number of other wonderful makers at the following events this year:

Tea Green Pop-Up Boutique at Taypark House 30th Nov - 24th Dec
The I.D Pop - Up Store at The Lighthouse 2nd & 3rd Dec
CRAFTED Market at Dundee Contemporary Arts  2nd Dec
Tea Green Market at Kibble Palace 10th Dec


If you do want to do your christmas shopping within the comfort of your own home why not look for independent makers. Almost everyone has their own website. If you're not aware of many independent makers at the moment you can explore Craft Council's Makers Directory or browse sites like Etsy, Folksy, Not On The High Street,  Made By Hand Online and shop through ASOS Marketplace rather than the main site to find pieces by independent brands. Take a look at the makers who are exhibiting at markets and pop-ups, or stocked in the shops  in your local area and look them up online.  You can also shop online with independent brands and galleries like Home by Kirsty, Tom Pigeon, DCA  who will stock a variety of lovely alternative gifts!  Many small businesses make products by hand, often with years of expertise behind them.

Browse my online shop here for handcrafted silver jewellery.

I will probably be making a lot of gifts this year, it’s fun and can be done on a tight budget. If you have a bit of time you can DIY a lot of gifts, they don’t have to be complicated or expensive! Make up a little spa with homemade bath salts or shower tabs, soap and a candle, create a terrarium or hanging planter for the plant lover in your life or try your hand at making your own gin or beer. Take a look at my D.I.Y Christmas board on Pinterest for inspiration.


What is My Ring Size?



Whether you're trying to surprise a loved one or treating yourself, buying a ring can be a bit daunting if you don’t know your ring size. A half size too small and it may not fit over your knuckles, half a size too big and it might move around too much.

I want you to be able to find your perfect fit so that your rings will arrive ready to wear. Here are some tips, tricks and tools to help you find out the ring size of any finger you like. Once you know write it down or save it in your phone so you don’t have to worry next time you want to buy a ring.

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Go to your local jeweller
If you are in town or at a shopping centre, pop into a jewellery shop. Most shops will be happy to measure your finger with no obligation to buy. If you’d like me to measure your finger size, get in touch. I’d be happy to help. This is the most reliable and accurate way to determine your ring size. All jewellers in the UK use the same standard sizes and jewellers will have the correct tools to accurately measure your finger size.

Use a plastic ring sizer
If you don’t live near a jeweller you can use a plastic ring sizer to measure your finger. Slip the sizer onto your finger and adjust it (like a belt) until you have a comfortable fit - snug enough so that it won’t fall off but loose enough to JUST slide over your knuckle. The size the arrow points to when you have a comfortable fit is your ring size. Order one, keep it and reuse it whenever you need to know your ring size. Pass it along to friends and family too, I bet you're not the only one who doesn’t know your ring size!

Although this won’t be as reliable as metal ring sizers it will give you a good idea of your ring size. Just make sure you follow the instructions. You can always double check with a jeweller if you need to.

Use a printable ring sizing guide
To get the most accurate and reliable results I’d advise using this alongside one of the options above. Measurements taken from a piece of paper will give you a rough idea of your size.  Follow the instructions carefully and make sure that page scaling is set to "100%" on your print dialog box before you print.

  • Print out your ring sizing sheet.
  • Double-check the ruler on the PDF against a physical ruler. If the measurement is not accurate, your ring size measurement will not be completed properly.
  • Carefully follow the instruction to determine your ring size.

    Download your printable sizing guide.
Handmade Silver Rings

If you want the ring to be a surprise
If you are surprising someone else with a ring there are some ways to find out their ring size without them knowing. Ask their best friends and family - they might already know their size. If they already have a ring they wear on the correct finger “borrow” it and use the printable sizing guide or take it to your local jeweller. If they will notice the ring is gone, you can carefully draw around the inside of the ring or make an imprint of it in something soft like a bar of soap. A jeweller can make a good guess of the size from there.

Things to consider:

  • Your dominant hand may be slightly larger so make sure you measure the correct hand. (If you’re measuring for an engagement ring that's the left ring finger - the one next to the pinky finger.)
  • The best time of day to measure your ring size is in the evening when your fingers are largest.

  • Avoid measuring when you’re cold as your fingers can be at least half a size smaller.

  • Wider bands will have a slightly tighter fit and therefore less “give” for slipping over knuckles. Consider ordering half a size larger for bands 3mm or wider.

  • When in doubt go up half a size.

  • Make note of your ring size so it’s there when you need it.

If your ring doesn’t fit
Hopefully with these tips you’ll end up with a perfect fit every time. However if you end up with a ring that doesn't fit, don’t worry. I can resize almost any ring to make sure it fits perfectly. Just get in touch.

Now you're ready to buy a ring that fits you perfectly. Take a look at my range of rings online here or get in touch if you'd like to commission one.

How to Commission a Piece of Jewellery

 9ct White Gold Wedding Rings

9ct White Gold Wedding Rings



Jewellers (and other makers, artists and designer) often talk about ‘commissions’, but what does this actually mean?  For me, working to commission means that I work with customers to create bespoke, custom and unique jewellery pieces. Think of it as a collaboration between you and the designer. It allows you to have some input into the design of the piece and become part of the making process.  

So...have you ever thought about commissioning a special piece of jewellery but aren’t sure how to start?  Here are some top tips to help you achieve your dream design…

First things first, what do you want to make?  
Although I can work with you to figure out exactly what you’d like, commissioning works best when you  already have an idea. Think about who the jewellery is for.  What do they like? What do they wear? Do they have any interests or hobbies you’d like to incorporate into the design?  Is it for a special occasion? Do you have a preference for the type of metal or stones in the design?  The more information you can give the designer the better.

 NYC Commission using clients own photos.

NYC Commission using clients own photos.


Get to know the designer.
You want to choose the right designer who can turn your idea into something tangible.  Get to know their work and choose a designer whose style you like. Many designers like to add their own influence into commissioned pieces so let them know if there are elements of their own designs you’d like to include in the piece. Make sure the designer you choose will take on commissions, if you’re not sure just send them an email - most jewellers will be happy to help and even if they won’t do the work themselves they may pass you on to somebody who will.

Ask how the designer works and make sure you feel comfortable with their commission process. I like to have an initial consultation via email, phone or in person. After this I ask for a £50 design fee and once the design is confirmed I will take a 50% deposit and begin making your piece. I will keep you up to date with the making of your piece via email. Ask the designer what their process is, if they provide sketches, how they will make sure the piece fits and anything else you can think of. Knowing the answers to all of these questions at the beginning will leave you feeling confident at every stage.


Have a budget in mind.
If you are commissioning a piece of handmade jewellery it is important to value the time and effort they put into making your bespoke piece. When a designer prices a commission they take a lot into consideration. As well as designing and making your piece they will have to think about fluctuation of the price of precious metals, any hallmarking fees and the overheads that come with running a small jewellery business. Give your designer a budget as early as possible, if you are unsure what your budget will cover, don’t be afraid to ask, many pieces can be designed and altered to suit your needs by using different metals or stones. I work closely with my customers to ensure that I can create a beautiful piece that is within their budget. If you are looking for a bargain or just want the best price then a commissioned piece of jewellery is probably not for you. Most commissioned pieces are custom made and completely unique. Be realistic with your budget and never expect a designer to lower their commission price.

Work To a Deadline.
It is likely that you are commissioning a piece of jewellery as a gift for someone special. If this is the case and you will need the piece for a specific date let your designer know as soon as possible.  Be aware that designers can often have large workloads and the time it takes to complete a commission varies from piece to piece. It can take from 3-10 weeks to design and create from the first consultation to delivery, depending on the complexity of the design.

Be prepared, think ahead and have a deadline to ensure you get your pieces in time for all of those special occasions.

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9ct White Gold Cairngorm Engagement Ring.jpg

 Silver & Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring

Silver & Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring

I hope you find these tips are helpful and now feel confident when commissioning a bespoke piece of jewellery.

Alongside my collections I do provide a commission service and can update any existing designs in another metal or to suit your style. Take a look at my commissions gallery and get in touch to chat about how we can make your perfect piece of jewellery.

what happened in september at kirsten manzi jewellery?


"And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall. " 
Oscar Wilde

 I love this time of year. It is the run up to all of my favourite holidays and I love getting wrapped up and watching the scenery change colour as the low autumn sun casts a golden hue over everything. Not only does everything look beautiful at this time of year, September can feel like a fresh start, a new season  full of optimistic possibility.

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The past month at Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design has been all go with lots of new and exciting things happening. I’ve had not one but two launch events to celebrate the new B A L A N C E collection. I had an amazing evening event at Flamingosaurus Rex in Edinburgh followed by a wonderful weekend in Kathryn Rattray's beautiful studio in WASPS Dundee. I have had such a positive response to the collection so far and it was lovely to meet and chat to so many people so thank you very much if you came along to either of the events! You can now shop the
B A L A N C E collection online at

Creative Dundee were also back with Make/Share in September and when Claire asked me to get involved my initial reaction was “nope, no way.”  Make/Share is a monthly event that invites local creatives to talk about their work and processes. Hosted by The Beer Kitchen, Make/Share is super friendly and relaxed but my fear of public speaking still set in! However, I decided to “face my fear and do it anyway” (aka winging it) which actually seems to be the theme of this year so far. I stood up in front of a pub full of people and did a 10 minute talk, nothing bad happened and apparently nobody could tell how nervous and awkward I actually felt. I don’t think I will ever be able to watch it back but if you are interested you can watch the full evening of talks here.

Winging it as a full time self-employed jewellery for the past few months I decided I should probably learn a bit more about business. In my search for business related advice and information I came across Acorn Enterprise, a brilliant organisiation that educates and accelerates new businesses and entrepreneurs. Acorn have recently set up shop in The Old Flour Mill and have started their 8th business accelerator programme here in Dundee. I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the program at the start of September and so far it has been a fantastic opportunity to delve into the nitty gritty parts of running your own business. I’m excited to see how the next couple of months at Acorn will impact Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design!

At the moment I am making work for a selection of NEW stockists who will be stocking the B A L A N C E collection over Christmas and I will be introducing them to you very soon, I am also now taking Christmas orders so if you are looking for a bespoke or custom piece of jewellery please get in touch. I have a few other things up my sleeve which I need to keep quiet for now...but watch this space, for more exciting news to come!